Razor bumps look and feel like pimples but they are the result of ingrown hairs. The medical term for this condition is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB). Treatment options for razor bumps are offered by Dr. Green for patients in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland regions.
What Causes Razor Bumps?
Hair grows inside the tubes in the skin called “follicles.” When shaved, the tip of the hair is left with a sharp point. As the curly hair grows, this sharp tip may curve back and pierce the skin. The medical term for this cause of PFB is “Transfollicular Penetration.”
The body treats all ingrown hairs just as it would a splinter or any other foreign object by producing an inflammatory, pimple-like bump. If the condition occurs over an extended period of time, the skin will respond by producing unsightly dark spots at the sites of the PFB bumps.
What can I do about Razor Bumps?
The best therapy is to avoid shaving and let the hair grow. However, this is not always a practical solution. If you do shave, follow the program outlined by Dr. Green. In addition, Dr. Green can prescribe topical cortisone creams to reduce any inflammation or irritation present.