Just like Formula 1 with so many teams and drivers, it comes down to the battle of who has the better engine and who has the better driver. Let’s take Mclearn , Daniel Riccardo, an absolute legend within himself, the shooey master. He has the experience and smoothness of someone who knows what he is doing, with years of experience Mr Riccardo sure knows how to drive me I mean the car well . However, with Daniel’s driving experience and years on the tracks , sometimes we can have a few setbacks in our career. We start looking for new answers , we switch teams because the system we use to drive with just isn’t meeting our ability like it used to. When this happens we can start to feel like we’re on a downhill spiral with more losses than podium insights. But then one day we overtake Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes. Our tires are in tack, the engine is steaming and baby we got that podium. We did it with a shooey and we damn well look forward to every match being on that podium. We got a taste and were not going to let any other teams like Mercedes or Red Bull take it from us.
This is how different hair follicle conditions like to compete with each other. However you need to remember at the end of the day you are the driver and you get to choose what team you’re on and what result you want. When we are suffering with certain hair follicle conditions it can become depressing after a while and really starts to weigh on us. But just like Mr Riccardo we can’t give up as there is always a solution. It just takes time. Let’s go through different hair follicle conditions, how to treat them and what we can do to get that podium and shooey.
Our first team is none other then the winners themselves ,Mercedes with lewis Hamilton always the champion of all. I like to compare hair folliculitis, a condition that a lot of males suffer from. The reason for that is most of the time it’s under control and only flares up now and then. We usually lose a few points but not too many that’s not going to get us a podium position.
Hair folliculitis is caused by many common things:
- Inflamed hair follicle ( damaged hair follicle caused by cheap/ blunt shavers an creams)
- Friction and irritation ( sports when having to wear high socks or tape or tight clothing that rubs against your hairs causing friction in the same area over and over again)
- Ingrown hairs
- Overproduction of sebum from diet, genetics and lifestyle
- Not washing your body or face thoroughly
Hair folliculitis makes it easy for germs and bacteria to breed inside the hair follicle bulb underneath the skin. When this happens we have a situation on our hands if we dont treat it straight away as it can lead to more severe conditions like permanent hair loss or a spread of more severe infection in other areas of the body. Luckily there are many pit stops in our race that can help us win and get on that podium baby! To treat folliculitis and get us that champagne shower you can:
- Apply a warm, moist salted washcloth or compress. Twice a day to relieve swelling and pain in the area. The salt helps kill the bacteria while the heat and washcloth help in draining the fluid and puss. Make sure you use a cold compress after and apply a lightweight moisturiser or serum to help protect the broken area.
- Apply soothing lotions. This will help soothe the redness and irritation in the area that’s inflamed. Some quick at home remedies are , natural aloe vera , paw paw , bepanthen , vitamin E or Rosehip oil.
- Apply over-the-counter antibiotics. Try various nonprescription infection-fighting gels, creams and washes.
- Creams or pills to control infection. For mild infections, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic cream, lotion or gel. Oral antibiotics aren’t routinely used for folliculitis. But for a severe or recurrent infection, your doctor may prescribe them.
- Creams, shampoos or pills to fight fungal infections. Antifungals are for infections caused by yeast rather than bacteria. Antibiotics aren’t helpful in treating this type.
- Creams or pills to reduce inflammation. If you have mild eosinophilic folliculitis, your doctor may suggest you try a steroid cream to ease the itching.
Some other common hair conditions like to join the podium on rare occasions when they get a lucky break but are not as common as our main teams are:
Pseudo folliculitis barbae: This particular team is like Ferrari there the slight under dogs in many cases always lingering in the back or in the top 10 but never seem to always get top 3. Ferrari is specific in who they choose to target in each race and when they want to strike they strike good. Pseudo Folliculitis Barbae appears when there is inflammation in the hair follicles caused by the hair growing from their follicles cut your skin inside the follicle or curve back around into your skin as they try to grow out.It often happens in association with shaving facial hairs and can cause razor bumps. It’s mostly occurs in those with curly hair, and it often affects African American males. signs and symptoms that Ferrari is coming for that podium place are:
- Your face may look red, bumpy, and develop pus-filled blisters.
- Darkening of the skin.
- Small papules (solid, rounded bumps)
- Pustules (pus-filled, blister-like lesions) Infection.
Our lucky last team that always comes with a bit of dramatic drama and needs constant attention that is good or bad is none other then Red Bull themselves ” You can tell i’m a true Riccardo fan”. I like to compare Red Bull to Seborrheic dermatitis, the reason for that is its common for most people who are
- Hormonal changes or illness.
- Use harsh detergents, solvents, chemicals and soaps.
- Cold, dry weather environments they either live or work in.
- Some medications, including psoralen, interferon and lithium.Red Bull signs are scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids and chest. This particular team loves a podium a little to often and when they show up for that ego boost they bring :
- Skin flakes (dandruff) on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or moustache
- Patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales or crust on the scalp, face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, chest, armpits, groin area or under the pecks.
- Red skin
To get this team off the podium for a few more races we need to tackle the first few common causes. Less stress, getting a good nights sleep, follow a skincare routine and make sure we are always keeping the skin cleansed and moisturised with good nourishing products. If we are already doing this and need that extra pit stop to get us in front then on some occasions a medical shampoo , topical cream would be required by your GP.