Theory 1: Once the hair follicles are destroyed (by electrolysis or laser), they can no longer can infected and thus, folliculitis will be cured.
Theory 2: Bacteria seed down the pores in folliculitis and the removal of hair won't disinfect or sterilize the pore. Pseudofolliculitis in which the hair curves and grows in forming an inflammatory bump can improve with laser or electrolysis hair removal because the hair once removed with laser or electrolysis, can't create the inflammation from being ingrown. Bacterial folliculitis does not need the hair to be an active infection.
My concern is TRUE bacterial folliculitis and NOT pseudofolliculitis. Will permanent hair removal help?
I understand laser or electrolysis treatments can't kill bacteria and I need antibiotics to kill it. But is it possible to prevent a relapse by destroying the hair follicles?
Not sure how much difference there is between plain ole folliculitis and pseudofolliculitis unless it is simply that the latter is caused directly by shaving and the former is not.
It is my understanding that we all carry the staph bacteria, and that under certain conditions an infection can run amok. Those conditions include a compromised immune system, which could name diabetes as well as other health conditions as a major factor.
Regarding the original question about permanent hair removal solving the problem..........the problem is that an electrologist should not treat skin that is infected. Another problem with having a chronic staph infection is that the bacteria might exist in your environment (clothing, sheets, towels, etc.) and after an electrolysis treatment you might re-expose yourself to high bacterial load items....
The really interesting thing to learn would be: Once hair is permanently gone, how much of the follicle still exists? Does lack of hair mean the follicle is gone? (I think not, but have no idea if this is TRUE.)
If the hair follicle is indeed gone, then there would be no opportunity for bacteria to invade the follicle, thus it would not be "folliculitis".