Title: Treatment of pseudofolliculitis barbae with the diode laser.
Authors: Yamauchi PS, Kelly AP, Lask GP.
Journal: J Cutan Laser Ther 1999 Apr;1(2):109-11
PMID: 11357287 ABSTRACT
Affiliated institution: Dermatologic Laser Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a common skin disorder of the beard area that is characterized by the presence of inflammatory follicular papules due to terminal hair shafts re-entering the epidermis. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring often occur with pseudofolliculitis barbae. Such skin changes can lead to cosmetic disfigurement and be of great concern to the patient. We report a case of pseudofolliculitis barbae and hirsutism with associated postinflammatory hyperpigmentation in an African-American woman who was effectively treated with the diode laser.