Shaving with razors often is problematic for men with sensitive skin, especially black individuals who are generally prone to developing pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB). For patients with PFB, physicians often recommend shaving with depilatory creams that chemically remove hair from the skin surface by dissolving keratin. This 1-week, controlled, single-center, split-faced, randomized trial compared shaving with 3 different depilatory compositions to shaving with a manual razor in black men. One depilatory composition was withdrawn during the study because of the high incidence of adverse events. The depilatory compositions produced fewer papules and more irritation immediately after use and to a greater extent than the manual razor; the irritation was transient and more often subjective than objective. In this preliminary study, the result of using depilatory compositions was that the skin looked and felt smoother compared to shaving with a razor. Depilatory products are recommended for patients who develop PFB or are unsatisfied with the results of shaving with a manual razor.