You can try to prevent folliculitis from coming back with these tips:

  • Avoid tight clothes. It helps to reduce friction between your skin and clothing.
  • Dry out your rubber gloves between uses. If you wear rubber gloves regularly, after each use turn them inside out, rinse with soap and water, and dry thoroughly.
  • Avoid shaving, if possible. For men with barber's itch, growing a beard may be a good option if you don't need a clean-shaven face.
  • Shave with care. Use an electric razor or a clean, sharp blade every time you shave. Adopt habits such as:

    • Washing your skin with warm water and a mild facial cleanser before shaving
    • Using a wash cloth or cleansing pad in a gentle circular motion
    • Applying lubricating shaving cream or gel for five to 10 minutes before shaving to soften the hair
    • Applying moisturizing lotion after you shave

    Generally, men with barber's itch have been advised to shave in the direction of hair growth. But a study found that men who shaved against the grain saw their rash improve. Experiment to see what works for you. You may even want to consider hair-removing products (depilatories) or other methods of hair removal.

  • Use only clean hot tubs and heated pools. And if you own a hot tub or a heated pool, clean it regularly and add chlorine as recommended.
Aug. 21, 2014