Heidelberg Dermatology

Shaving Bumps

Wherever the location, we can help treat irritation and breakouts from shaving.

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles and can occur anywhere on the skin. It can look like pimples or sores that won’t heal. Avoidance of friction and rubbing are important for prevention and maintenance, as well as avoiding tight clothing.

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (razor bumps) is a common condition affecting people with curly or thick hair. It results when hair curves back into the skin causing inflammation. It can cause scarring and bumps. Minimizing or discontinuing shaving and using a lubricating shave gel are important for reducing breakouts.

Acne Keloidalis Nuchae occurs when hair on the back of the neck and head grow into the skin, creating inflammation, and possibly scarring. This is aggravated by shaving the head or very short haircuts. It may require topical steroids or injections, and sometimes surgery.

Treatments for these conditions can include discontinuation of shaving/plucking, oral or topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, alpha or beta-hydroxy acid lotions, and laser hair removal. We evaluate each patient and make an individualized treatment plan depending on the cause and symptoms.