Ask The Expert
October 04, 2010
Pseudofolliculitis barbae, or razor bumps, results from the close shaving of curly beards. Black-skinned males are particularly affected by this condition, which happens when sharp-pointed hairs from close shaving curve into the skin and cause red, sore bumps. These bumps in some cases can result in scarring, infection and the formation of keloids. Keloids are raised overgrowths of scar tissue that occur at the site of a skin injury.
If the problem persists, see a doctor to find the best treatment. In some cases, certain prescription acne medications have been found helpful. And topical or oral antibiotics may be necessary if infection has occurred.