March 17, 2017
When it comes to skin issues in men, shaving folliculitis is a common concern. You may understand this condition better using the term “razor bumps.” If you struggle with painful, itchy and unsightly bumps on your face after your shaving session, you can and should take action. There are ways to prevent shaving folliculitis as well as ways to treat it.
Razor bumps are essentially the result of inflammation called pseudofolliculitis. This occurs when the bearded hairs become ingrown and inflamed. The immune system sends cells to attack the ingrown hair in response to what is recognized as a “foreign body” in the skin. This causes acne-like lesions to form on the skin surface, called papules and pustules. Razor bumps are more common in men with curly hair than straight hair because of the tendency for a curly hair follicle to grow back towards the skin surface instead of straight out. (more…)