Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, also referred to as razor bumps is a skin condition that often appears in men of African descent and in men who have thick curly hair.
In most cases, these bumps are caused as a result of shaving too close to the skin. Once the hair is shaved below the surface of the skin, it has a tendency to become trapped but continues to grow as an ingrown hair. As a result, the skin becomes irritated and inflamed.
Common treatments involve the use of chemical depilatories, which actually cause further skin irritation, doing more harm than good and electrolysis, a painful procedure which does not guarantee permanent results.
In order to prevent this from happening, the following is advised:
Stop shaving for three to four weeks – this will give the hair time to grow out, preventing it from becoming trapped under the derma (skin)
Use an electric razor rather than a hand razor. Hand razors give the user a close shave, running the risk of developing ingrown hairs. Electric razors have different shave settings so that the user can leave a minimal amount of hair exposed.
Investigate pain free laser hair removal. This solution will dramatically reduce the appearance of dark coarse hair without the pain associated with other traditional hair removal procedures.