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Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (Razor Bumps)
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Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (Razor Bumps)

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) is the medical term for an acne-like breakout commonly referred to as "razor bumps" or "shaving bumps". As naturally curly hairs begin to grow back after shaving, waxing or plucking, they are trapped inside the follicle, resulting in irritation and swelling. The result is inflammation in the hair follicle. Anyone can get razor bumps, but they are more common in people with curly hair. The pictures below show what Pseudofolliculitis Barbae can look like.

PFB Example 1
PFB Example 2
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Most skin care products that claim to "cure" Pseudofolliculitis Barbae and ingrown hairs have acid, alcohol and other chemicals that exfoliate the skin- including the skin on your hands, if you don't wash them thoroughly after handling the products.   While this may work short term, it actually compounds the problem by drying and hardening the skin.

We offer several shaving systems that can help eliminate existing razor bumps and prevent the recurrence of razor bumps in the future. Shaver's Choice and Black Opal are both shaving systems that allow you to continue to shave with a razor. Bump Fighter razors are designed specifically for the problem of razor bumps. And, Formula 103 is a revolutionary razorless shaving system that gives a smooth, clean close shave without the irritation caused by scraping metal across your skin. We haven't found anything that cures razor bumps. A cure would be something that you would, would eliminate the razor bumps, then you would no longer have to use it. But, we have found these products to be particularly effective treatments, eliminating razor bumps in many men and reducing them significantly for almost all men.