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November 1956

Pseudofolliculitis of the Beard

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology (Donald M. Pillsbury, M.D., Director), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Public Health Service Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health (Dr. Strauss).

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;74(5):533-542. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550110077016

It is remarkable that since Dubreuilh's1 original report there has been so little investigative study of this exceedingly common disorder; not even a name has been agreed upon. Among the terms used by previous writers are pili incarnati,2 folliculitis barbae traumatica,3 and chronic scarring pseudofolliculitis of the Negro beard,4 but in common dermatological parlance it is probably oftenest referred to as chronic sycosis barbae, a designation which is both inaccurate and misleading. "Pseudofolliculitis of the beard" seems an apt name and will be used henceforth in this paper.

The disease is usually considered to be peculiar to the Negro, and in fact in its severe forms it is essentially restricted to this race (Fig. 1A). It is rare in Caucasians and usually far less severe, sometimes with only a few scattered lesions. The characteristic lesions are erythematous firm papules and

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