Anyone can develop folliculitis. But certain factors make you more susceptible to the condition, including:

  • Having a medical condition that reduces your resistance to infection, such as diabetes, chronic leukemia and HIV/AIDS
  • Having acne or dermatitis
  • Past damage to your skin, as from injury or surgery
  • Taking some medications, such as steroid creams or long-term antibiotic therapy for acne
  • Being overweight
  • Regularly wearing clothing that traps heat and sweat, such as rubber gloves or high boots
  • Soaking in a hot tub that's not maintained well
  • Shaving
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