Just about to start my period, + have pubic folliculitis (treated with oral antibiotics + cream). How to manage for this week? I use pads not tampons.

As you mentioned. Use of pads will not make folliculitis worse. Avoid shaving for a while, may also use an anti-bacterial soap, if a smoker , stop smoking, reduce weight if overweight. Chronic persistent folliculitis may be helped with combination oral contraceptives.