Although it's not always possible to prevent folliculitis, these measures may help:

  • Avoid constrictive clothing. Tight clothes — especially jeans and athletic wear — may be stylish, but make sure they don't chafe your skin.
  • Shave with care. Use an electric razor or a new blade every time you shave. Be especially careful to keep the shaved area clean and to avoid cuts and nicks. If you're a woman who gets frequent infections, you may want to consider depilatories or other methods of hair removal.
  • Maintain hot tubs. If you own a hot tub, clean it regularly and add chlorine when recommended. Use commercial tubs only if you're sure they're well maintained.
Oct. 06, 2011