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The perfect shave. It’s something to which many males devote considerable time and expense, experimenting with different razors, gels, creams, brushes, and strokes. But for some, particularly African-American men, the quest for a smooth-as-stone face is complicated by pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), or razor bumps, painful ingrown hairs that become infected when the razor is wielded. Now, a longtime military man and Howard alumnus, Lt. Col. Marvin Whetstone of the Air National Guard, has developed a technique to combat razor bumps. In a video, he describes a 20-to-30-minute process that begins with scrubbing the skin with warm water and moisturizing soap, applying petroleum jelly, and then plying a double-edged, nondisposable razor in careful downward strokes. Some dermatologists contest that other techniques (including the use of Retin-A or topical steroids) are just as effective. And the best solution to razor bumps, doctors say, is to grow a beard. However, even though the armed forces will grant a “profile,” or shaving waiver, to soldiers who suffer from PFB, Whetstone maintains that a beard negatively affects career advancement in the service and elsewhere. To obtain a video, send $28.45 to Whetstone at 15779 Columbia Pike, Box 570, Burtonsville, MD 20866.