Over 6,000 U.S. sailors may need a new grooming solution after the Navy’s recent discontinuation of permanent shaving exemptions for those suffering from a chronic skin condition like PFB.

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) is an extreme form of razor bumps and shave-related irritation many men of color experience when using traditional cartridge razors – and it was often the rationale for shave waivers (or chits) handed out to servicemembers in the past. However, the Navy recently said that facial hair can interfere with the use of protective breathing devices, potentially putting servicemembers in harm’s way.

The Gillette SkinGuard Razor is clinically proven for sensitive skin and specifically designed to reduce the symptoms generally associated with PFB such as razor bumps and irritation.  Results from a recent clinical study revealed that the incidence of men’s razor bumps were reduced on average by 60 percent after 12-weeks daily shaving with Gillette SkinGuard.

This unique innovation addresses PFB through an entirely new design philosophy: New SkinGuard technology is positioned between two optimally-spaced blades to cut hair at surface level (limiting the chance for ingrown hairs to cause razor bumps) and to reduce contact between the blades and the skin (reducing irritation and redness for sensitive skin).

As a part of Gillette’s commitment to helping every man be the best they can be, the company is making more than 40,000 complimentary SkinGuard razor samples available to active and retired service members who want to try this razor that was specifically designed to protect their skin from irritation– and feel the difference for themselves.

Servicemen can visit Gillette.com/military if they’re interested in a product sample.


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