Pseudofolliculitis barbae, also known as razor bumps, shaving bumps, ingrown hairs, is one of the skin problems of men. It is estimated nearly 50% of African American men are genetically predisposed to this condition. Women who shave, wax or tweeze are also prone to PFB.
The most common symptom of razor bumps and ingrown hairs is inflammation. The skin becomes inflamed followed by pus-filled lesions due to the hair re-entering the follicle. These acne-like eruptions have hair buried inside and present as firm and painful bumps surrounded by swelling. The area begins to itch causing severe abscess formations or secondary infections that may lead to hypertrophic scarring known as keloids. Should the condition become this seriousness, the client or patient should seek the advice of a dermatologist.
Because of the inflammation, the secondary cause will manifest as hyperpigmentation of the bearded area or any other area that has been shaved, waxed or tweezed. The solution would be to either grow a beard or not shave as often. In the case of women, stop shaving, waxing or tweezing. Since this blog is about PFD, we will discuss hyperpigmentation in another blog.
So what are the 5 best ingredients to use to avoid PFB?
Acetylsalicylic acid: Reduces irritation and swelling, and eases inflammation.
Aloe vera: Hydrates, softens and heals, adding antimicrobial properties. Bentonite: Absorbs excess of oil.
Isopropyl alcohol: Eliminates bacteria to prevent infection.
Chamomile extract: An anti-inflammatory that also repairs the skin.
Having in mind these basic five ingredients in shaving creams and lotions are recommended, there are some ingredients that have to be avoided.
Avoid any oily products such as Acetylated lanolin (synthetic), Cocoa butter, Coconut oil, Cottonseed oil, Soybean oil, and Wheat germ oil because they can trap bacteria in the pores. Learn more about our retail and professional products for men.