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Experts share their top tips for soothing HS.
(HS), however, that's not the case. And while experts do, in fact, have an overall understanding of the condition, it still remains a mystery in many ways."Hidradenitis suppurativa is intense inflammation of the hair follicles and sweat glands," says Mona Gohara, a board-certified dermatologist in Connecticut. “It creates acne-like, draining eruptions called sinus tracts, usually appearing in the flaps of the body, think under the breast, the groin, and under the armpit." Gohara says that while it's unclear as to why, but the disease is more common in women and frequent smokers.
It's important to note that the symptoms of HS are much more serious than the traditional ingrown hair. "We still don't know what causes it," saysRobert Finney, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. "That said, it's not something that we have a cure for at this point, and it does require a doctor during flare-ups. It can be very mild in some cases and in others it can be debilitating, painful, and devastating. All we know is that the hair follicles are not maturing appropriately."
If you suffer from HS, there are steps you can take to help prevent flare-ups, starting with proper and gentle cleansing. "While ingredients like beta hydroxy acids aren't really going to do a whole lot for HS specifically, theycandry out and irritate the skin, so I would avoid ingredients like that," Finney says. "I would stick with a headtopics.com
benzoyl peroxideor chlorhexidine cleanser several times a week and then use a good moisturizer to repair the barrier of the skin so that less bacteria gets in."Gohara suggests that the way you apply your cleanser is as important as the cleanser itself. "There should be no scrubbing or using loofahs," she says.
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