Mild folliculitis outbreaks cared for with general homecare and good hygiene practices can easily resolve on their own without medical treatment, or risk of long-term problems. It is rare for folliculitis outbreaks to become severe and worsen to the point of boil formations, permanent hyperpigmentation or even scarring and hair loss.
The general rule of thumb is that if a person develops folliculitis once, it can easily recur if care is not taken. If the condition is mild, even if it recurs, it can be controlled, and a doctor can assist if need be. For most, folliculitis is easily treatable and curable, especially if it is non-contagious and self-limiting.
If an outbreak is cosmetically bothersome, with uncomfortable symptoms that are somewhat distressing, seek assistance from a medical doctor.