Our male patients often tell us that they are growing their beards longer in order to prevent acne in this area. Many males find that shaving closely causes acne bumps. So what is a professional male, who needs to shave regularly, to do? Dr. Schweiger explains that, “This is a condition called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae. When curly hairs reenter the skin and the hairs irritate the hair follicle, these inflammatory shaving bumps resembling acne begin to form.”
Dr. Schweiger recommends an after-shave lotion called “Tend Skin” for patients who experience pseudofolliculitis barbae. Often, adding this product into your shaving regimen is enough. When its not enough, prescription medications can be prescribed. Topical antibacterial medications, topical retinoids, and even oral antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to treat pseudofolliculitis barbae (aka shaving bumps.)
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