Pseudofolliculitis barbae

M. Ribera, N. Fernández-Chico, M. Casals

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Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a chronic, irritating, and potentially disfiguring condition that develops as a result of attempts to eliminate hair from the beard area, usually by shaving. It is difficult to determine the incidence of the disorder, but some studies report that it affects up to 1 of every 5 caucasian individuals and that it is much more common in black persons. Clinically it is characterized by the appearance of inflammatory papules and pustules. Once pseudofolliculitis has become established, treatment consists of avoiding shaving and the use of medical treatment similar to that used in acne. However, the long-term result is much more dependent on prevention through a correct shaving technique. In severe cases or when a definitive solution is sought, the treatment of choice is photodepilation. © 2009 Elsevier España, S.L.y AEDV. Todos los derechos reservados.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-757
JournalActas Dermo-Sifiliograficas
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


  • Acne treatment
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Eflornitine
  • Photodepilation
  • Pseudofolliculitis


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