2022 AMI Online Salon

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Delaney Maxwell
  • Client: Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Copyright: American Medical Association, 2021, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print/Web
  • Primary Audience: general audience

Project Description

Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), also known as “razor,” “shaving,” or “barber’s” bumps, occurs when hairs curve back and re-enter or grow under the skin after shaving, leading to painful inflammation and scarring. PFB is common in people who have naturally curly hair and occurs in up to 60% of Black men, and can sometimes affect women as well. The purpose of this illustration is to depict the cause and clinical presentation of and provide general information on PFB for a general audience. It was especially important to not only highlight a black individual as the main subject of the piece but also show how the condition presents on different skin tones as there is a need for more diverse depictions and representation in healthcare.