The name pseudofolliculitis barbae sounds like a strange and dangerous disease, but it’s really just the medical term for what is commonly known as razor bumps. This is a fairly common issue that all types of people can encounter when shaving any area of their body.

Razor bumps form when shaved hairs begin to grow back but fail to grow straight through the hair follicles. The hairs instead curl inside of the skin and cause inflammation in the follicle. Razor bumps can cause noticeable discomfort and giver the affected area a red and irritated appearance.

If razor bumps form on your skin every time you shave, it may be time to consider the benefits of laser hair removal. The treatment is quick and relatively pain-free and does not cause irritation. Contact the Dermatology Institute for Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Surgery to schedule an appointment.