Pseudofolliculitis barbae is the name for bumps and inflammations caused by ingrown hairs or frequent shaving. Pseudofolliculitis often occurs in dark skin types and mainly in men, but these symptoms can also occur in women in the armpits or pubic area.In addition to being unsightly, inflammations can also cause pain or itching.
Pseudofolliculitis barbae can be treated effectively by tackling irritating hair growth. By applying the most effective laser therapy using the Alexandrite and/or Nd:YAG laser, hair growth can be reduced or completely removed. This ensures that the skin is not irritated by frequent shaving or the tough irritating hairs for too long.
It is important that this effective laser therapy is used to prevent pigmentation and/or scars. If these are already present, targeted treatment can be carried out to reduce the symptoms.
This condition often arises in (dark) men, because the hairs are stiff and curly in structure. The curly hairs tend to grow back into the skin, giving bumps and pimples as a reaction. Deeper inflammations and cysts can also occur.
The tougher hairs can also lead to irritation of the skin by frequent shaving. The shaved hairs then ‘prick’ against the sensitive skin and can thus lead to inflammation.
It is important to avoid ingrown hairs as much as possible. When shaving, consider the following tips:
Make sure you have a sharp razor or trimmer.
Don’t shave every day, but rather every other day.
Shave with the direction of the hair.
Scrub the skin regularly so that the hairs can grow out more easily.
Do not touch the inflammation yourself, this can lead to more serious inflammation or skin damage.
The use of Neostrata Gel Plus can support skin renewal and suppress the inflammatory component. Using fruit acids, the skin is stimulated to renew itself and additional symptoms such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be alleviated. Also, by renewing the skin and exfoliating dead skin cells, the skin can more easily let new hair grow.
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