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Folliculitis on the legs: causes, treatment and home remedies

by Alivia Nyhan
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The skin of the legs is one of the most prone to suffer from Folliculitis, especially in the summertime when they are most exposed. Shaving or waxing, allergies, tight clothing, or some complicated diseases, such as diabetes, can generate a certain predisposition to suffer this problem.

From FastlyHeal, we invite you to learn a little more about the causes of Folliculitis in the legs, its possible medical treatments, and the home remedies that can benefit you.

Causes of Folliculitis on the legs

Inflammation of the place where each hair grows (hair follicle) is known as Folliculitis. It is a localized bacterial or fungal infection, which can have symptoms such as:

  • Irritation.
  • Pain.
  • Itch.
  • Inflammation.
  • Formation of pimples or red bumps around the hairs.
  • Blisters with pus.
  • Incarnate older men.
  • Hair loss

Possible causes of Folliculitis on the legs include:

Atopic skin

Relatively dry atopic skin is more prone to inflammatory skin lesions such as Folliculitis, ingrown hair, or more irritation from shaving.

Shaved or hair removal

The use of a razor or heat removal favors the inflammation and infection of the hair follicles, even more so if the hygiene conditions before and after the hair are not optimal. Micro-injuries can occur during shaving, which is worse if the razor is not sharpened correctly or the skin is stretched. On the other hand, hair removal itself is a factor that inflames and irritates just by pulling the hair.

Use of oily lotions

The application of this type of product can facilitate the appearance of Folliculitis. Plugging the hair follicle it is difficult for the hair to come out and can worsen the ingrowth of inches and the consequent inflammation.


Another cause of Folliculitis in the legs is the constant skin rubbing with tight garments, stockings, or some garment that irritates the skin due to permanent contact, especially those made with nylon. It is also known as “cyclist’s folliculitis.”

Jacuzzi folliculitis

It is the appearance of an inflammation of the hair follicles caused by a bacterium called pseudomonas. In swimming pools or jacuzzis with little chlorine or lack of hygiene, this type of contagion can occur.

Pseudofolliculitis by incarnate hair

People who suffer from ingrown hairs can suffer from inflammation in that area, which can lead to scars if it is recurrent. Those with dry skin or more significant hair are more prone.


Drugs such as immunosuppressants can facilitate the appearance of inflammation in the skin.


Some pathologies can predispose Folliculitis to appear more frequently or be more serious. Such is the case of diabetes, HIV, or all those where the defenses are low.

Medical treatment of Folliculitis on the legs

Never touch the pimples or try to squeeze them, as that will only worsen the inflammation and make the infection more severe.

This inflammation in the hair follicle can lead to certain complications, such as abscess and boil formation, cellulite, difficult-to-treat ulcers, or scars. Its prevention and treatment are pretty essential and improve the appearance of the skin on the legs.

As a first step, it is essential to reach a good diagnosis through a consultation with a specialist in dermatology. Determining the cause, knowing which microorganism is causing the problem and if there is any other disease that predisposes it are some essential aspects.

If Folliculitis is presented for the first time and there are no other associated diseases, local treatment is likely sufficient to improve. It may resort to antiseptic soaps or local antibiotics.

When the infection is more severe or there are other underlying diseases, an oral antibiotic may be needed; this will depend on the microorganism causing the Folliculitis.

If it is already a recurring problem, this type of irritation appears repeatedly, and certain habits must be corrected. Among the care and hygiene habits to pay attention to are:

  • Moisturize skin with mild moisturizers.
  • Drink water to keep it hydrated from within.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing.
  • Use iodized soaps before and after shaving.
  • When the reason is ingrown hairs, exfoliating the legs (with scrubs or soft sponges) can help. Once a week is enough to find good results.
  • Avoid sun exposure when Folliculitis is active or healing, as this will cause the skin to darken.
  • Rethink the way of hair removal: for those who suffer from this problem continuously, permanent hair removal is usually the solution.

Home remedies for Folliculitis on the legs

You can use specific home remedies to treat Folliculitis on the legs:

  • Exfoliation: removing the superficial layer of the skin where the dead cells are is critical. Once a week, you can apply a solution of water and coffee grounds (whatever you use in the morning). Another alternative is to mix sugar in sesame, coconut, or olive oil. Rub gently without pain for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Cleanse your skin with sage: Sage is excellent for cleaning all impurities. You can use it to remove excess scrub.
  • Chamomile infusion: this medicinal plant has proven to be very useful in many skin conditions. Its anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties make it a great alternative. You can apply it every day.
  • Calendula: Another great possibility is to use the flower to prepare an infusion. When it is warm, you apply it on the skin, also daily.
  • Honey: it’s anti-inflammatory, healing, and antimicrobial power can help you solve a folliculitis. Apply it to the area once a day and ideally leave it on for at least half an hour.
  • Vinegar water: if you have inflammation and infection, you can immerse your legs in this mixture at 1 liter of water per 100 ml of vinegar.

If the lesions do not disappear or worsen or you suffer from a disease that lowers your defenses, it is best to see your GP to avoid complications.

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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