Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

Pseudofolliculitis barbae, also known as barber’s itch, razor bumps, scarring Pseudofolliculitis of the beard, and shave bumps, is a medical term for persistent irritation caused by shaving.

It is a condition most commonly observed on male face due to regular shaving. However, this condition can affect the females as well but in other areas of the body where the hair is thick and curly and is regularly plucked, shaved or waxed.
It is not a medical condition but affects the person psychologically, and it may require attention in severe cases or if the area becomes infected.

This condition can affect all ethnic backgrounds however is more prominent in people of colour who have dark curly hair.

Once the hair is shaved and starts to grow back it curls into the skin instead of growing out straight. The irritation caused by Pseudofolliculitis appears as areas of red rash and may look itchy. In severe cases, it may look like pimples and become irritated and infected.

Pseudofolliculitis barbae can be categorized into two types of ingrown hairs: Transfollicular and Extrafollicular. The extrafollicular hair is a hair that has exited the follicle and reentered the skin. The transfollicular hair never exits the follicle, but because of its naturally curly nature curls back into the follicle causing fluid build-up and irritation.

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