Pseudofolliculitis is a folliculitis involving shaved areas on the chin and neck of males, and on the legs of females.
Caused by irritation, ingrown hairs, and secondary bacterial infection, it is most commonly the product of close shaving, particularly with the twin bladed razor.
It is common in individuals with curly beard hairs, such as blacks.
- A reduction in the closeness of the shave is required. Leaving a slight stubble greatly reduces the chance of ingrown hairs developing.
- Topical antibiotics and systemic antibiotics directed at Staphylococcus aureus are also helpful in chronic cases.
- Topical benzol peroxide 5% gel is also helpful in mild cases, once the cause has been corrected.
- Folliculitis can also occur secondary to shaving of the legs. Women should be advised not to shave too closely, and to shave down the leg rather than up, as that is less irritating.
- Tretinoin cream
- Glycolic acid preparations