UNDERSTANDING HAIR BUMPS

Listed below are the three major types of ingrown hairs (the technical name for hair bumps) that afflict many people.  My goal is help you gain as much ACCURATE information about this skin condition.  I want you to stop living in fear of them, have solutions that work, and knowledge of what is going on with your skin, after all you deserve to be in the know.  In this section of the website I will refer to them by their technical name. 

Most of the information that you read online regarding ingrown hairs is inaccurate and regurgitated.  Let's start at the beginning...

What is an ingrown hair?  An ingrown hair is a skin condition where the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin.  

What Causes Ingrown Hairs?   Ingrown hairs are caused by a blocked hair follicle.

Why is the Follicle Blocked?  The most common reasons hair follicles are blocked is an over accumulation of dead skin cells (yuck) and an overproduction of sebum that has coagulated.  The reason every thing comes to a screeching halt is because our cells stop turning over.

How do you get rid of ingrown hairs? We can discuss a solution in a little bit.

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OTHER PHRASES ASSOCIATED WITH INGROWN HAIRS

(That aren't necessarily ingrown hairs)

Working backwards is my favorite way to problem solve anything.  As I have mentioned before most of the information you find online is inaccurate and regurgitated.  I had to use  my training as an esthetician to come up with accurate definitions.   My professional observation is that pseudofolliculitis and folliculitis barbae occur in clients that use metal instruments to remove their hair ie shaving with a razor or trimming with a clipper.  


Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (Sue-Doe-Fa-lick-u-lite-us  Bar-Bye) Is the inflammation of your hair follicle at the surface of the skin caused by FRICTION from the use of a metal instrument.  This skin condition is very popular among people that use a razor or clippers with no guard to remove their hair.  

Contrary to popular info available on the internet…The appearance of Pseudofolliculitis does not automatically mean that you have ingrown hairs.  It means that your skin was irritated by the friction of using a metal instrument (razor or clippers)  to remove your unwanted body hair.

The presence of white pus filled bumps is something totally different.  That is a skin condition called Folliculitis Barbae (Fa-lick-u-lite-us  Bar-Bye).  Okay, this is where things get tricky.  People often mistake the pus filled bumps for ingrown hairs, and ingrown hairs are like "Uh, no don't blame that on us, we are blocked follicles."  This particular issue is caused by a bacterial infection (staph to be exact) and it can accompany ingrown hairs and pseudofolliculitis.  

Before you freak out and lysol yourself into oblivion let me explain how or why this happens.  The bacteria that is present on the surface of the skin, clippers, or razor gets into the follicle causing an infection.   Yes, it is really that simple I honestly wish it were more complex but it isn't.  

Here's where I climb on my soap box and start preaching...

As a service professional I take my job as an esthetician seriously.  As a licensed professional I cannot stress the importance of proper sanitation.  I get down right mad when I see other professionals endangering the health of their clients by not following state board procedure when it comes to sanitation.  

Anytime hair is being removed you should ALWAYS sanitize the area before the procedure is started.   Sanitizing the skin prior to a services cuts down on the harmful bacteria present on the skin's surface.   Washing the area with soap and water is an excellent way to prep for hair removal. 

All implements that you use for hair removal should be sanitized, disinfected and stored properly.  That's correct no more leaving your razor in the shower or brushing the hair off of your clippers and throwing them in the closet.  Now pinky promise me that you will commit to doing better now that you know better. 

Side note: If you see something that doesn't feel right in a professional environment SPEAK UP.   Don't allow fear of criticism to potentially risk your health. 

What the Pus?
Pus is an indicator that the area is infected.  PUS ALWAYS MEANS INFECTION.  Pus is made up of the buildup of dead, white blood cells that form when our immune system responds to fight off the infection.  

I am not one-size fits all when it comes to skin conditions.  I believe in addressing each individual issue and treating them accordingly.  To remedy folliculitis barbae you will need to address the infection separate from the inflammation and possible hair bumps. 

Here's the thing ingrown hairs are blocked follicles, pseudofolliculitis is inflammation of the hair follicle caused by friction,  and folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle.  Bumpcology serum is formulated to take care of two of the three issues.  It reduces inflammation, gently exfoliates, and hydrates your skin that takes care of ingrown hairs and inflammation.  Then you will need an antibiotic topical or oral to treat the infection.  

To summarize; Bumpcology Serum will diminish the appearance of ingrown hairs, reduce inflammation, gently exfoliate and hydrate your skin.   It can definitely be your go to if you suffer from ingrown hairs or pseudofolliculitis, and it works well as a topical OTC solution for folliculitis ONLY after you've addressed the infection with an oral or topical antibiotic.   

If you've read enough and are ready to get relief from your hair bumps click the I'm done with hair bumps button below.  I will immediately ship your product.  Not ready to make the commitment just yet, no problem.

 

WHICH BUMP IS YOUR BUMP?

Not all bumps  on the back of the head and bikini or beard lines are "hair bumps".  One thing I know for sure is that bumps don't budge until you give em what they want.  

I'm proposing an alternative to aggressive skincare, something borderline radical.  I want you to love up on those hair bumps,  don't wage war against them.   Fighting  is exhausting, expensive, and time consuming and rarely does it ever give us what we desire.  Love is different, it requires patience, understanding and often yields the biggest rewards.   Learn to love your hair bumps and give them what they want, you'll be better off for it! 

Curious to see what Bumpcology® Serum can accomplish in a short amount of time? Click  the "see results" button below.