You may think razor bumps are a superficial reaction to a razor, but this problem runs deeper. Literally. The medical term is Pseudofolliculitis barbae or PFB -- a persistent irritation that results from shaving. The problem begins when coarse, curly hair causes an inflammation in the follicle as it begins to grow following a close shave. In more extreme cases, pustules that resemble acne can develop if the area becomes infected. Stick to fragrance- and alcohol-free products, which can dry and irritate the skin. Exfoliating prior to shaving and using over-the-counter salicylic acid solutions afterward are also a good idea. Finally, when all else fails, let the beard be.
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