Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

Angela Lamb, Gregory N. Yañez

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Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), also known as razor bumps or barber’s itch, is a common inflammatory condition of shaved areas that predominately affects darkly pigmented men with curly hair [1,2]. The classic presentation is an African American man presenting with painful and/or pruritic inflammatory papules and pustules in distribution of the shaven beard. The mustache area is usually spared [3]. One survey of patients at a New York City clinic found that among women with PFB, the most common hair removal methods were tweezing followed by shaving, electrolysis, waxing, depilatory use, and laser treatments [4]. The only definative treatment is to stop all attempts at hair removal to allow the epidermis time to recover from the inflammatory state. In chronic cases or cases where patients continue to shave the affected areas, firm papules and even keloid scars may be appreciated on exam.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcneiform Eruptions in Dermatology
Subtitle of host publicationA Differential Diagnosis
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781461483441
ISBN (Print)9781461483434
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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