Folliculitis refers to inflammation of hair follicles and develops when hair follicles become damaged, which can happen due to friction from clothing or irritation caused by shaving.
It is also known as “barber’s itch” when folliculitis occurs in the beard area of the face. It usually involves redness and swelling, and often an infection may develop. The affected follicles usually become infected with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (staph). Some common symptoms include a rash, itching, pimples or pustules, usually in the neck or groin area.
The following sections offer detailed information for some common questions and different elements of folliculitis.