Why is it confused with acne?
Folliculitis, which is more common in men, (sorry boys, we have to give birth), is an inflamed bacterial infection of the hair follicle that usually occurs in the face, scalp and legs. Its usually more prevalent in males because of the beard area and shaving. This can make the symptoms worse.
What does it look like?
An extremely red and inflamed pimple or whitehead that is unresponsive to anti-acne treatments.
How do I treat it?
Folliculitis usually subsides with anti-yeast drugs like diflucan. Actually, within one week of using, skin clears up dramatically. Majority of folliculitis are bacterial. Men should use caution while shaving and should go to a dermatologist to receive the medication.
Its always a good idea to get self diagnosed acne checked out by an esthetician or dermatologist. They will give you future skin care reccomendations and further assist you in the process of treatment.