Anyone can develop folliculitis, but certain factors make you more susceptible to the condition. These include:

  • Medical conditions that reduce your resistance to infection, such as diabetes, chronic leukemia, organ transplantation and HIV/AIDS
  • A pre-existing skin condition, such as acne or dermatitis
  • Trauma to your skin from injury or surgery
  • Long-term antibiotic therapy for acne
  • Topical corticosteroid therapy
  • Obesity — folliculitis is more common in people who are overweight
  • Long-term exposure to clothing items that can trap heat, such as wearing high boots or waders
  • Exposure to hot water, such as a hot tub or a heated swimming pool
Oct. 06, 2011