This month we have chosen to highlight a problem that we have been seeing more and more often in our office: A chronic follicular infection that seems to only occur in women who 1 – getting regular pedicures at nail salons that use whirlpool foot baths, and 2 – shave their legs. The photograph below illustrates a typical case of this condition.Attention: Women who get Pedicures
Our advice is to avoid whirlpool foot baths at your nail salon when getting a pedicure. There are countless news stories of skin infections linked to bacteria that contaminate these foot baths, and we see at least one woman each month with this condition. The problem at the salon is that even when these whirlpools are cleaned properly, bacteria can still lurk in the jets and inner workings of the machine. The problem for the patient is that these infections are very difficult to clear (usually requiring months of antibiotics) and often leave scars.
How to avoid this problem….
You can still get a pedicure, but ask for a fresh bowl of water. In other words, avoid the whirilpool foot bath altogether. If you “must” have the whirlpool, do not shave your legs prior to getting a pedicure, because small cuts from shaving could allow bacteria to enter the body.
Next Month…Product Recommendations
Our next two newsletters will cover a popular subject and answer the most common question we get in the office: “Which products should I use on my skin?” We, of course, are in a unique position to help you sort through the massive number of products available and the marketing hype. We will list our favorite products based on science and patient feedback.
Read about our previous Sunscreen Recommendations…
Todd Minars, MD
• Attention: Women who get Pedicures
• How to avoid this problem
• Next Month…Product RecommendationsOur Estheticians Fall/Holiday Package
Includes: Papaya Enzyme Peel, Light Extractions, Hydrating Mask, Vitamin C Serum
“If your skin feels dry, dull, or without “glow”, then this package is perfect for you.”
Frances Torres, Esthetician