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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE FOLLICULITIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is folliculitis during pregnancy?

Folliculitis is inflammation of hair follicles, usually because the follicles are infected. The most common type of folliculitis is acne, in which the infection is bacterial, but other organisms, such as fungus, can also cause folliculitis. During the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, while levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone increase, so do levels of androgens, male hormones, which stimulate the production of a waxy substance called sebum. As sebum accumulates, this can clog your pores, trapping bacteria, allowing them to grow, producing pustules consisting of red, inflamed skin and white to yellow pus. While it is very common for pregnant women to suffer outbreaks, pregnancy can also trigger a non-infectious form of folliculitis called pruritic folliculitis of pregnancy (PFP), a type of pregnancy dermatoses (skin conditions that develop specifically during pregnancy). Additionally, you can develop folliculitis from shaving and various other situations that irritated follicles.


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