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At the conclusion of military training in July this year, I returned home and worked out as normal. I quickly noticed these red, sometimes pus or blood filled, bumps along the jaw line of my face. I'm 22 years old so I knew this couldn't be hormonal acne. After being prescribed doxycycline for two cycles with no results and countless OTC acne solutions used, I went to a doctor while I was home. I was prescribed a 6 wk does of Flucanozole and I'm currently on the 4th dose with little to no noticeable results. I've been referred to a derm by the doctor, but wanted to know of any other remedies I could try to eliminate this once and for all. I've found some relief and help with soaps using coconut/tea tree oil, but I'm not sure these will stop whatever this is at the root. Thanks for your time

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replied January 16th, 2018
Acne and Skin Disorders Answer A62960
Welcome to e health forum.

It seems that you might be having skin folliculitis

Folliculitis refers to an infection of the hair follicles in the skin that hold the hair. Folliculitis is most common on the parts of the body that experience friction, such as the face, scalp, back, and thighs.

The friction caused by clothing, shaving, and substances such as sweat, oils, and cosmetics can block and irritate the follicles, allowing bacteria that normally reside on the skin, such as Staphylococcus, to get into these follicles and cause the infection.

Once infected, the follicles look like red pimples with a hair in the middle of them.

Mild and moderate folliculitis is often tender or itchy. More severe folliculitis, which may be deeper and may affect the entire hair follicle, may be painful.

Mild and moderate folliculitis usually go away quickly with treatment and leave no scars. However, more severe folliculitis may lead to more serious complications such as an infection of the deeper skin tissue (called cellulitis), scarring, or permanent hair loss.

To attempt to clear up mild folliculitis :
- Use an antibacterial soap.
- Apply hot, moist compresses to the affected area.
- Use an over-the-counter corticosteroid lotion (cortisone) to help soothe irritated or itchy skin.
- Wash towels, washcloths, and bed linens often.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.

To prevent folliculitis, keep your skin and clothes clean and dry, especially during warm weather, and avoid clothing that's too tight and chafes against the skin.

I hope this helps.

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