Folliculitis is inflammation around the hair follicles. This can occur with any hairs on the scalp, beard area or body. The causes of Folliculitis can be varied and can include a bacterial infection, a fungal infection, inflammation or ingrown hairs. Commonly Staphylococcus aureus can be seen as a causative agent for Folliculitis. This can sometimes be harboured in the nasal passages or other areas in the body and can cause reinfection even when the treated area has cleared. The signs of Folliculitis include redness around the hair follicles, flaking or pustules. These areas may.