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Folliculitis is a very common, benign skin disorder that appears as pinpoint red bumps, each one involving a hair follicle, occasionally with a small dot of pus at the top.
Folliculitis affects people of all ages, from babies to seniors. The numerous smooth little tender red bumps involve the hair follicles commonly on the face, scalp, chest, back, buttocks, and legs.
Folliculitis is easily curable in most cases, and frequently clears on its own without treatment although it may require ongoing maintenance therapy. Antibacterial over-the-counter medications containing benzoyl peroxide are often used to treat folliculitis, but resistant cases may need antibiotic pills to clear the skin. Good skin hygiene and proper shaving techniques have been shown to prevent folliculitis.