Outlook. Properly treating and learning what has caused folliculitis are the best medicines to improve the outlook for healing and preventing future folliculitis outbreaks. Most people experience mild cases that resolve without treatment. People who experience frequent recurrences of folliculitis may need to focus on prevention. If shaving is the cause, use a clean blade for each shave and minimize shaves. If hot tubs are the culprit, avoid the situation or wash the skin thoroughly after soaking in a hot tub. For people who exercise or play sports a lot, wear looser clothing with wicking capabilities. Although folliculitis can cause permanent hair loss and scarring, it is usually a mild skin condition that resolves without complications.