Razor Bumps

Razor bumps are similar to pimples in how they look and feel, but are actually the result of ingrown hairs. The medical term for razor bumps is pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB).


What Causes Razor Bumps?

Hair grows inside the tubes in the skin called follicles. When shaved, the tip of the hair is left creating a sharp point. When this curly hair grows, the sharp tip occasionally will curve back and pierce the skin, thus irritating it and creating a razor bump. The medical term for the process of PFB is “Transfollicular Penetration.”

The body treats all ingrown hairs just as it would a splinter or any object that may seem foreign to it by producing an inflammatory pimple-like bump. Razor bumps can affect any individual who has curly hair whose hair follicles are orientated at oblique angles to the surface of the skin, making it easier for the shaved, sharp-tipped hairs to re-enter the skin.

How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps?

Razor bumps can be annoying, ever wonder how to get rid of razor bumps? In order to avoid razor bumps, you want to minimize hair re-entry into the skin. This is achieved by reducing the sharpness of the hair tip by shaving with the growth direction of the hairs, as well as leaving the hair tip at the appropriate length after shaving.

If you have an extreme case of PFB, it is important to see a local dermatologist to begin a treatment program to relieve your skin.

How Long Does It Take For My Skin To Improve From Razor Bumps

For a minor outbreak of razor bumps, growing your hair out for several days will allow the re-entered hair to “pop out” and heal the painful bumps. Under a treatment plan, results can take between a few days to several weeks for one’s condition to improve. Occasionally it can even take a couple months before seeing improvement. The results that you will see are a direct result of the work you put into maintaining your skin condition. Many patients who have experienced PFB experience very satisfying results when using a step-by-step shaving method while following Dr. Myers’ instructions given in their consultation.

If you have questions concerning Razor Bumps, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.


Dr. David Myers

Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.

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