Folliculitis is a very common skin disorder seen in all kinds of people of all ages. It is a benign condition, which appears as numerous small red or pink little bumps around hair follicles on any part of the skin including the chest, back, arms, legs, buttocks, and cheeks. It may create very small pus bumps around hair follicles, or a pink to red or “chicken skin” appearance on the skin. Although it is primarily a skin condition of teenagers and younger adults, folliculitis is also seen in all ages.
Many people with folliculitis are unaware that the skin condition has a designated medical term or that it is treatable. In general, folliculitis is often cosmetically displeasing and otherwise medically harmless. Many cases of folliculitis may resolve spontaneously without any treatment. Folliculitis is frequently noted in otherwise healthy patients visiting physicians such as dermatologists for other conditions. Treatment may typically include one or a combination of antibacterial washes, antibiotics creams or lotions, and antibiotic pills.