BUPERSINST 1000.22C MANAGEMENT OF NAVY UNIFORMED PERSONNEL DIAGNOSED WITH PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS BARBAE (PFB) UPDATE:
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SUBJ/BUPERSINST 1000.22C MANAGEMENT OF NAVY UNIFORMED PERSONNEL DIAGNOSED
WITH PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS BARBAE (PFB) UPDATE//
NARR/REF A IS BUPERSINST 1000.22C, MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSITION OF NAVY
PERSONNEL WITH PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS BARBAE (PFB).
REF B IS NAVPERS 1000/1, PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS BARBAE (PFB) TEMPORARY SHAVING
REF C IS NAVPERS 15665J, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces modifications to references (a) and (b)
regarding grooming and evaluation requirements for Sailors diagnosed with
Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB). These modifications are based on a periodic
review of references (a) and (b) by Navy dermatologists, the Navy Uniform
Matters Office (OPNAV N13X) and recommendations provided by waterfront
leadership and Sailors diagnosed with PFB.
2. PFB is caused when tightly curled beard hairs, sharpened by shaving,
curve back and re-enter the skin, resulting in facial inflammation, bumps and
3. The following PFB policy changes and management requirements are
a. In line with reference (c), Sailors diagnosed with PFB and authorized
facial hair may optionally outline/edge their beards. Discontinue
outlining/edging of beards if doing so results in skin irritation or causes
b. Sailors diagnosed with PFB are no longer required to maintain a copy
of a facial hair waiver on their person. The required source of
documentation is the Sailors medical record. Sailors have the option to
maintain a copy of their waiver treatment form on a personal portable
electronic device or a paper copy for convenience in situations such as
embarking a ship or temporary duty assignments where medical records may not
be immediately available.
c. PFB treatment failures will not be considered for administrative
separation from the Navy. Sailors found to be willfully non-compliant or
that refuse to comply with prescribed PFB medical treatments or commanding
officers shaving requirements may be subject to administrative separation.
d. Laser hair reduction treatments are optional and must be agreed upon
by the PFB diagnosed Sailor.
e. Temporary waivers for PFB medical treatment periods are expanded from
60 to 90 days or as prescribed by the attending military medical care
f. Evaluations for PFB diagnosed Sailors found to be unresponsive to
medical or laser treatments is expanded to occur every two years vice
annually unless more frequent evaluations are required by a military medical
4. Maintain a copy of this NAVADMIN until all policy changes are
respectively reflected in references (a) and (b).
5. Questions and comments regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to Mr.
Robert B. Carroll, OPNAV N13X, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
ETC(SW) Ryan Cameron, OPNAV N13X, at email@example.com.
6. Feedback and recommendations regarding Navy uniform and grooming
policies are welcomed and can be provided via the MyNavy Portal at
https://www.mnp.navy.mil/, select Professional Resources, U.S. Navy
Uniforms and *Ask The Chiefs.* Feedback can also be provided via the
MyNavy UNIFORMS App.
7. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//