Involvement of the pilosebaceous apparatus leading to folliculitis is seen frequently in many dermatoses. Whereas there may be variation as to localization, clinical course, etiology, and pathogenesis, it is known that most of them readily respond to therapy without leaving permanent sequelae. However, a number of the more rarely observed follicular diseases during their extremely chronic course are characterized by permanent alopecia, scarring, and atrophy. They were first described by French observers more than 70 years ago as the following: pseudopelade (Brocq, 1885) ,1 folliculitis decalvans (Quiquaud, 1888),1 acné décalvante (Lailler, 1884),1 sycosis lupoides (Brocq, 1888),1 and epilating folliculitis of the glabrous skin (Arnozan,2 1892, and Dubreuilh,3 1894).
This disease has never been reported in the North American medical literature; on this account the observation and study of a case of epilating folliculitis of the glabrous skin seems worth recording.
Report of a Case
MILLER RF. Epilating Folliculitis of the Glabrous SkinReport of a Case, Histopathologic and Nosologic Study. Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(5):777–784. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580110065010