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.

To book a free consultation and talk to Dr. Padmaja Gorantla about Pseudofolliculitis Barbae further, phone the clinic at (902)406.4424 or e-mail info@pagoraesthetics.ca