Follicular Inflammation (Shaving Rashes)

Stuart Millar Updated by Stuart Millar

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Mechanical irritation of the hair follicle, or yeast and bacterial overgrowth in the pores, or all three. Sometimes mild seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis contribute to follicular inflammation. Most commonly appears as shaving rashes, commonly found on the neck, legs or pubic area.


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

For severe cases, Dr. Harlan will prescribe antibiotics or recommend an OTC antimicrobial wash to use along with the SmartLotion®.

For his patients with dry skin, he recommends using one of his recommend moisturizers, which you can find here.


To prevent shaving rashes/ follicular inflammation from reoccurring, Dr. Harlan instructs his adult patients to apply SmartLotion® as needed after shaving, in a singular downward direction, and no more than once per day.

How did we do?

Flexure Rash, Intertrigo or Flexure Psoriasis