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Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

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Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

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Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

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11 KEY FACTS
CHARACTERISTICS
Inflammation of Facial Follicles
In-flames Facial Follicles

Pseudofolliculitis barbae is inflammation of follicular facial skin, especially in the beard area.

Associated with Shaving
Shaving-razor

This disorder is related to shaving, which is why it is known as razor bumps. Shaving sharpens the ends of the hairs, which makes them curve back into the skin and causes ingrown hairs.

Cheeks, Jawline, and Neck
Cheeks, Jawline, and Neck

Pseudofolliculitis barbae present in the cheeks, jawline, and neck.

Black Males
Black Males

Pseudofolliculitis barbae is most commonly found in African-American males.

CLINICAL FEATURES
Pustules and Papules
Pus-pile and Papule-people

The lesions that may be seen in pseudofolliculitis barbae are papules and pustules.

Pruritus
Prairie-dog

Patients with pseudofolliculitis barbae may experience pruritus.

Painful
Pain-bolt

With pseudofolliculitis barbae, lesions can be painful due to inflammation.

TREATMENT
Avoid Shaving
Avoid-sign Shaving-razor

Treatment for this condition includes avoiding shaving and letting the beard grow. Doing so will help to prevent ingrown hair that can induce pseudofolliculitis barbae.

Topical Clindamycin
Topical Cleaning-mice

Topical clindamycin helps treat possible contamination from normal skin flora, which may be involved in the inflammation of pseudofolliculitis barbae.

Low-Potency Steroid
Low-Pot Steroid-stairs

In cases of pseudofolliculitis barbae, low-potency steroids help reduce inflammation in patients.

Topical Retinoid
Topical Red-tin-droid

In treating pseudofolliculitis barbae, a topical retinoid acts as a keratolytic.

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