Excessive oil on the skin can result in small pustules with a red halo in affected areas. Commonly, the lesions are seen on the forearms and thighs. The follicles may obviously be plugged with oil. The pustules may be sterile or contain the harmless skin bacteria, Staphylococcus epidermidis. They may be painless or painful.
Occupations at risk of oil folliculitis include:
- Oil field and refinery workers (crude petroleum)
- Engineering industry
- Diesel mechanics (impure paraffin mixtures)
- Sheep shearers (wool fats)
- Road workers (coal tar distillates including pitch, creosote)
Open comedones due
to oil folliculitis
a sheep farmer
The skin should be carefully protected from contact with the responsible material and washed twice daily with a mild soap and water. Change overalls every day.
If the folliculitis doesn't settle by itself, standard treatments for moderate acne usually prove effective.