hair follicle

noun

Definition of hair follicle

: the tubular epithelial sheath that surrounds the lower part of the hair shaft and encloses at the bottom a vascular papilla supplying the growing basal part of the hair with nourishment — see hair illustration

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According to the Mayo Clinic, even a minor staph infection can lead to boils (unpleasant pockets of pus that pop up on hair follicles or oil glands) or painful rashes that can manifest as weepy blisters or red, painful swelling. Korin Miller, SELF, "Um, Do You Actually Need to Wash Your Feet?," 14 Mar. 2019 The cap will trap in steam that opens up hair follicles, so your hair will really soak in all that good stuff. Jillian Ruffo, Seventeen, "8 Insanely Easy Tips For The Softest Hair Of Your Life," 28 Nov. 2018 Pimples happen when your hair follicles get clogged up with oil and dead skin cells, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell If That Bump on Your Bikini Line Is an Ingrown Hair," 7 Jan. 2019 While facial acne usually forms due to a collection of oil and debris, vaginal acne is caused by an infection due to bacteria that forms around your pubic hair follicles, Dr. Bhuyan says. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Is Vaginal Acne, and How Do You Treat It?," 3 Dec. 2018 An ingrown hair forms when a hair follicle becomes trapped under the skin, causing inflammation and irritation. Loni Venti, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Rid of Ingrown Hair: 9 Tips to Heal Your Skin," 5 Oct. 2018 And while enjoying a quick snooze with an updo isn't likely to cause any major hair damage, experts have warned against sleeping with styles that pull on the hair, as this could potentially cause damage to hair follicles and prevent hair growth. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Shared What Her "Riverdale" Beauty Routine Makes "Impossible"," 3 Aug. 2018 That said, since plucking removes the hair follicle fully, which creates an opportunity for swelling and infection, trimming is usually preferable. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "Facial Hair Removal Guide: How to Remove Every Unwanted Hair From Your Face," 10 Oct. 2018 This can help wash away any bacteria that can upset the hair follicle. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "5 Things You Need to Know About Butt Pimples," 13 Sep. 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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hair follicle

noun

Medical Definition of hair follicle

: the tubular epithelial sheath that surrounds the lower part of the hair shaft and encloses at the bottom a vascular papilla supplying the growing basal part of the hair with nourishment

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