Heat-Related Pimples (Teen Folliculitis)

Stuart Millar Updated by Stuart Millar

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Heat-related pimples and bumps, commonly found on the chest, back, arms, trunk, legs or pubic area. Folliculitis is the sweating and heat-related irritation of the pores and hair follicles, including yeast and bacterial overgrowth. Dry skin, especially in the winter, contributes.


Dr. Harlan typically treats his teenage patients for folliculitis by having them apply SmartLotion® 2x per day for up to 2 weeks.

He recommends that his folliculitis patients reduce any activities that contribute to perspiration while recovering.

Additionally, it is important for his patients to moisturize the affected area at least 1x per day. Click here for a list of Dr. Harlan's recommended moisturizers.

For the moisturizer, Dr. Harlan instructs his patients to apply it in a single, downward direction to reduce irritation of the hair follicles.

For severe cases, Dr. Harlan will also prescribe an antibiotic to use in tandem with the suggested SmartLotion® routine.

For best results, Dr. Harlan suggests that his folliculitis patients combine SmartLotion® with an antimicrobial wash.

Dr. Harlan says that sulfacetamide washes, salicylic acid washes and benzoyl peroxide washes all work extremely well when used with SmartLotion®.

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