posted on Dec, 27 2016 @ 06:05 PM
The correct term is Folliculitis barbae. I have used facial clippers for nearly 20 years as I am unable to wet shave or electric shave. I also have
the problem with many hairs growing in a 'n' shape rather than straight. Sometimes the hairs do not break the skin before doing a u-turn which
leaves me with only one option, this being pointed tweezers and plenty of blood.
I usually have 1 or 2 minor ones a month and maybe a major one every 18 months. When I say major I get a type of hallowed out ulcer which when
pressed oozes serous (watery fluid). The stinging itch drives me crazy and I get to the point some times of plunging a sterile needle in with the
hope of hooking the blighter and pulling it out. The longest hair to date being plucked out in the is way was just under 14cm in 1995.
Something odd has occurred in the last 6 months. Both my beard and head hair are growing at approximately twice their normal rate. This is making
the beard problem even worse. I have a small patch 5cm x 5cm (on my left cheek) which sits on the jaw line. Over the last 3 months I think I
plucked every hair out as it is not has no hair growing. Despite this the whole area is red with several weeping ulcers.
I think the problem maybe with me plucking hairs which makes the surrounding inflamed and as a consequence, more adjacent hairs go back into the skin.
To compound this I am acutely aware that I scan my face subconsciously by feeling along my check with my left forefinger and grasping anything eg
adjacent hairs and even scabs on occasions. Like an obsession. I did have cellulitis last week so cut my fingernails to the quick and smothering the
area with sudocrem. I have taken a course of flucloxacillin.
I have suffered with this for 5 months now and its getting worse. Yesterday a family member suggested a special type of face pack which will grab all
the hairs and pull them out. I wonder if the product box has strong analgesia as well lol. I did read something about salicylic acid helping but I
can only find it in woman's very expensive creams.
Phot is not me but the problem in same place although twice as big.
Multiple itchy stings are driving me to despair.
Any advice will be much appreciated.