What is folliculitis? What causes it and how is it treated? Folliculitis begins under the skin. Excluding the lips, the palms of hands, and the soles of feet, the human body is covered with hair. Each hair on the body emerges from the skin through tiny pockets called follicles. Occasionally and almost certain to happen at some point in a person’s life, hair follicles can become damaged or blocked and then inflamed. Folliculitis is the result of this inflammation of a hair follicle.
Information. Folliculitis is a very common skin condition. With information and awareness of its causes, symptoms, and treatments, the outlook for a quick recovery and prevention of future occurrences of folliculitis is also very common. Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body where there is hair but is most likely to present on the neck, armpits, chest, back, head, face, thighs, and genitals. Areas of the skin that are frequently shaved, irritated by tight-fitting clothing or abrasions, or covered with skin creams are most likely to be affected.