Folliculitis is a common condition of the skin resulting from inflammation of the hair follicles. Folliculitis appears as small pink bumps centered on the hair follicle. This condition can be present anywhere on the skin where hair follicles are present. Areas frequently involved include the back, chest, and buttocks.
The diagnosis of folliculitis is usually based on clinical exam. In some instances, further testing may be needed to rule out other skin conditions that look like folliculitis.
There is a condition called pseudofolliculitis, commonly referred to as “razor bumps”, that often develop in people with thicker and curlier hair. The ends of the cut hair re-enter the skin and cause an inflammatory reaction, resembling folliculitis. Pseudofolliculitis often occurs in the beard area in men and on the legs of women. There are many strategies to help alleviate this condition, including proper hair trimming technique and treatment with topical medications. Laser hair removal can be a permanent solution for this condition. Pseudofolliculitis is just one example of a condition that closely mimics folliculitis. Numerous other examples exist.
Although folliculitis is usually not a serious condition, folliculitis can be a source of distress to patients because of its appearance. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help reduce its severity. It may even be important to find out whether there is a triggering source for the folliculitis. Your dermatologist will help evaluate whether you have folliculitis and determine the best treatment plan for you.
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