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What causes folliculitis?

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Staph, a kind of bacteria, is most often to blame. You have staph on your skin all the time. But if it gets inside your body, say through a cut, it can cause problems.

These other things can also cause folliculitis:

  • Blockages from skin products, such as moisturizers with oils
  • A fungus
  • Hair removal, such as shaving, waxing, and plucking
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Other bacteria, such as the kind you might find in a hot tub
  • Some drugs, such as corticosteroids that are used to ease inflammation

From: What is Folliculitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Folliculitis.”

Medscape: “Hair Anatomy.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Folliculitis.”

Indiana University Bloomington Health Center: “Folliculitis.”

The International Foundation for Dermatology: “Management of Bacterial Infections of the Hair Follicles.”

Primary Care Dermatology Society: “Folliculitis and boils (furuncles/carbuncles).”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Folliculitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Folliculitis.”

Medscape: “Hair Anatomy.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Folliculitis.”

Indiana University Bloomington Health Center: “Folliculitis.”

The International Foundation for Dermatology: “Management of Bacterial Infections of the Hair Follicles.”

Primary Care Dermatology Society: “Folliculitis and boils (furuncles/carbuncles).”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Folliculitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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