Mild cases of folliculitis aren't likely to cause complications. If complications do occur with mild infections, they may include:

  • Recurrent or spreading infection
  • Large, itchy patches of staph infection on the skin (plaques)

Severe folliculitis may include:

  • Furunculosis. This condition occurs when a number of boils develop under your skin. Boils usually start as small red bumps but become larger and more painful as they fill with pus.
  • Scarring. Severe folliculitis may leave thick, raised scars (hypertrophic or keloid scars) or patches of skin that are darker than normal.
  • Destruction of the hair follicle. This leads to permanent hair loss.
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