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A healthy hair follicle and an infected hair follicle.

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles, which are the small pouches in the skin that hairs grow out of. The inflammation can be caused by an infection or irritation in the hair follicle.

Folliculitis can develop on any part of the body that has hair. But it is most common on the beard area, arms, back, buttocks, and legs.

Current as of: November 16, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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