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There are two basic categories of cause of folliculitis, infections and all other causes of hair follicle inflammation. Infections by bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus for example), fungi (yeasts and dermatophytes), viruses (herpes simplex), and parasites (Demodex mites) can cause folliculitis. Noninfectious causes of folliculitis include topical irritants (insoluble cutting oils are an example), physical irritants (hair extraction), certain drugs, teenage pimples (acne vulgaris), and certain auto-inflammatory conditions (folliculitis decalvans).
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