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JAMA. 1979 Jan 5;241(1):53-4.

Pseudofolliculitis barbae. No 'pseudoproblem'.


Pseudofolliculitis barbae possibly affects 45% of all black servicemen and is a source of much misunderstanding and social unrest in the military. A recent study of 96 cases of pseudofolliculitis barbae has elucidated a successful shaving technique. It employs a 30-day period of beard regrowth to eliminate ingrown hairs, twice-daily use of a new polyester skin-cleansing pad, and use of solely electric hair clippers for facial hair removal. Ninety-six percent of those using this technique could thereafter conform to the Air Force grooming code.

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