Folliculitis is the infection and inflammation of hair follicles. It may occur anywhere on hair-covered skin, and may appear as pimples. Most cases of folliculitis develop from Staphylococcus aureus.

Most simple cases resolve on their own, but first-line treatments are typically topical ointments. Topical antibiotics, such as mupirocin or neomycin/polymyxin B/bacitracin ointment may be prescribed. Oral antibiotics may also be used. Fungal folliculitis (pityrosporum folliculitis) may require an oral antifungal.

All medications for treating acne also help with folliculitis. Benzoyl peroxide and azelaic acid help treat folliculitis lesions. OTC antibiotic ointment may also be used in some suppurative cases.
#Benzoyl peroxide [OXY-10]
#Adapalene gel [Differin]
  • If there is one or two, it's usually just pimples
  • Antibiotic ointments can be tried if multiple lesions occur suddenly.
  • Severe form
  • It often appears as a large number of pustules that occur suddenly on the torso.
  • An acne-shaped, non-itchy rash that occurs suddenly on the torso.
  • Acne vulgaris on very oily skin. Acne is a type of folliculitis that occurs in adolescence.
  • If the abscess is incised and drained, it will heal faster.