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The penetrating hair causes inflammation and abscesses. With penetration of the dermis, the epidermis grows down to try to ensheathe the hair, resulting in severe inflammation, abscess formation and a foreign-body reaction at the tip of the hair.
Share the following tips with your clients.
Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) is a foreign body inflammatory reaction involving papules and pustules on the beard area—the lower face and neck—of men. Typically, there are groups of small red or pigmented bumps on the beard area that may flare with repeated shaving, and PFB tends to be worse with very curly or kinky hair.
There are two primary causes of PFB:
Treatment for this condition depends on its severity. Treatment specifications include shaving protocols, skin care ingredients and regimens, and prescriptive remedies. An effective starting point for treatment is to advise clients to let their beard grow for 30 days to eliminate ingrown hairs, if lifestyle and work environment allow for this. When they are ready to shave again, ask them to follow these specifications.
Shaving protocols for clients.
PFB creates an inflammatory environment that often includes bacteria, fungi and infection. Therefore, it is important to look for skin care ingredients that soothe, are anti-inflammatory, and include antifungal and antibacterial active ingredients. Identify quality, effective skin care products that achieve these outcomes. Clients’ regimens should include the following four steps.
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