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Preventing Barber’s Rash: Men Shaving Tips

Preventing Barber’s Rash.

It’s the timeless battle in which every black man often experiences head-on.  The vicious and often ferocious battle between the razor and ultimately those nuisance soldiers called razor bumps.

Which leads to the age-old question….

“WHY DO BLACK MEN SUFFER FROM RAZOR BUMPS (PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS BARBAE)…MORE”

Short answer – razor bumps are caused by shaving. Sometimes when a hair is cut off at the point where it exits the skin, it can curl back and start growing inwards. These ingrown hairs cause irritation to the hair follicle, which swells into a small red lump that looks a bit like a pimple. A razor bump forms when a hair that has been cut off close to the surface of the face turns around and begins growing back into the skin.

This painful process only affects about 20% of Caucasians, while various sources claim that between 60-80% of black men are affected.

The main reason why black men get razor bumps more often than their white or Asian counterparts is because the type of curly hair is particularly likely to become ingrown. Black men often have coarse or curly hair, which may lead to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. “People with darker skin often are susceptible to inflammation, such as that caused by razor bumps; along with hyperpigmentation,” says Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, DO of Advanced Dermatology Associates in NYC and the Bronx.

Razor bumps form as new strands of hair curl back, puncture, and re-enter the skin while growing. Although not a serious health problem, these bumps are by no means pretty and can be a nuisance. They can fill up with puss, cause skin discoloration, or give rise to keloidal scars. The worst part is that razor bumps itch and cause quite a bit of discomfort. And when these pustules develop an infection from staph bacteria, they turn into a more serious skin disorder called Barber’s rash or folliculitis.

Also, darker skin is more prone to keloid scarring, which can develop if razor bumps are left untreated. Which is why it is especially important for black men to learn how to prevent and treat this common skin condition or seek dermatological treatment.

Black Men Shaving Tips: Preventing Barber’s Rash

SHAVING TIPS – Black or Darker Skin People Should:

  • Always use a sharp razor blade and discard old blades after 4-5 uses. You might think this is excessive, but dull blades force black men to go over the same area of skin again and again, increasing the chances of irritation and improperly cutting hair. This goes for electric razors, too: replace the blades after every few months of use.
  • Reduce your number of shaves by shaving every other day. Giving the skin time to heal will allow hairs to grow straight through the skin’s surface, without forcing too-short hairs back into the skin. Frequent shaving too close to the skin will trap hairs inside the follicles.
  • Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliating with a gentle scrub like Microfine Face Scrub removes the top layer of dead cells and allows hairs to grow out more easily. It also helps soften skin, clears pores and evens out patchy skin tones.
  • Many African-American men benefit from using a single-blade razor, or a Deep Edge razor. Most dermatologists will encourage patients who suffer from razor bumps from using triple or quadruple blade razor systems. They exponentially increase the  potential for razor bumps. The closer the shave, the worse the razor bumps will be.
  • Always shave in the direction of hair growth. While shaving upward seems to give a closer shave, shaving in the hair’s direction reduces irritation and the likelihood of hairs growing back into the skin. Don’t pull skin taut when shaving since this can also cause ingrown hairs to form.
  • Soften hairs before shaving by massaging warm water into the beard area and then applying a professional-grade, highly-lubricating shave cream. Allow it to sit on the face for a minute or two to completely coat hairs before shaving.
  • Follow a shave with an after-shave solution that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe, witch hazel and tea tree extract like Post-Shave Repair to cut down on redness and discomfort. Stay away from products that contain alcohol since this can dry skin out and provoke an ashy appearance in black skin.
  • Resist the urge to pluck ingrown hairs out. A new hair will just grow again, and you’ll be facing the same exact problem…even worse. It can become irritated.
  • Most importantly, take your time when shaving. Stop that 30-second shave on Monday morning. Taking your time to shave slowly and with care can dramatically reduce nicks, cuts and abrasions that can aggravate razor bumps.
  • Aloe Vera is your best friend because it acts as a moisturizer which will help speed up the healing process of the razor bumps. Aloe Vera also helps with the burning and soothing pain or discomfort.

Summer Skin Care Tips

Lawrence Jaeger is an expert skin care specialist. As the Medical Dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology Associates he treats patients with all forms of skin disorders and provides skin care tips all year long to keep your skin healthy and disease free; especially in the summer months.

Best Tips for Summer Skin Care

Summer Skin Care:

As excited as you may be for summer, your skin may not share the same feelings. Summertime sun and heat can be hard on your skin. It is the season when your skin is most likely to develop multiple issues from sun exposure, heat, and swimming. During these warmer weathered months, it is important to pay attention to your skin and be mindful of it by taking the necessary precautions.

There are a number of different ways to protect and take care of your skin during the summer:

Summer Skin Care Tips:

Summer Skin Care Tips - Advanced Dermatology NYC

Protect, Moisturize and Treat.

Sun protection – Keeping your skin protected from the sun and its damaging effects is very important. The sun can cause a wide range of issues including, skin cancer, sun spots, blisters, and freckles. Be sure to always wear sun protection when outdoors. Use an SPF of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before you go outside, then reapply often, especially after sweating or swimming.

Skin toner – You may never have thought about using a toner on your skin, but it is a worthwhile product. Toners help keep your pores closed and your skin cooler. You may also want to consider rose water. Rose water makes a nice toner with natural cooling properties to keep your skin both cool and hydrated.

Cleanse your face twice a day – Keeping your face cleansed is important during the summer with all the heat and sweat. Throughout the day, it is easy to build up dirt and grime in your pores that may develop into acne. Wash your face with a foaming cleanser in the morning when you wake up and at night before going to bed.

Exfoliate often – Exfoliating is especially important in the summer. The process of exfoliating helps improve circulation while removing dead skin cells. Follow up your exfoliation with a good clay face-mask that can be used twice a week. End your routine with a light moisturizer.

Super-Foods-to-eat: Summer Skin Care Tips

Eat & Hydrate Your Glow. Go Natural.

Summer glow recipe – Papaya is an all-natural ingredient that can be used as a pack that will give you an all-natural glow. Simply mash-up two tablespoons of papaya with one teaspoon of honey, along with one egg white. Spread the mixture over your face and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. The result? A beautiful, all-natural glow. Simply enjoy a fresh chilled bowl of papayas. Better yet, eat more super-fruits.

Stay away from sugar drinks – Sodas and sugar drinks may sound good to have when you are thirsty in the summer. However, these types of drinks will deprive your skin of natural hydration. It is best to replenish those fluids with all-natural fluids like water. Water is the best for keeping your body and skin hydrated. In fact, sugar drinks will dehydrate you more. Add fresh lime or lemon for a twist, and try to limit your caffeine intake.

Personalized Skin CSummer Skin Care Tips - Advanced Dermatology Associatesare Benefits.

To get a customized skincare regimen, be sure to contact a board certified dermatologist, like Dr. Lawrence Jaeger of Advanced Dermatology Associates, for a consultation at (212) 262-2500.

Rosacea: What You Didn’t Know

Dr. Lawrence Jaeger is an experienced Dermatologist with a twenty-five year successful track record of treating patients with all forms of Acne disorders in New York City. Rosacea is a skin disorder that requires special attention and care. Lawrence Jaeger provides patients with expert information,diagnosis and treatment of Rosacea at Advanced Dermatology Associates.

Rosacea: What You Didn’t Know

Sixteen million people across the United States are afflicted by a condition known as rosacea.  If you have not heard of it you are not alone. In fact, the National Rosacea Society estimates that 78% of the American population has never heard of the condition.

Rosacea is a dermatological condition that visibly affects a person’s facial region.  It commonly presents itself as an inflammatory redness that spreads across the cheeks, nose, and chin. However, the symptoms do not simply extend to redness. Other signs of the condition include acne, dry skin patches, swelling, eye irritation, and an enlargement of the nose referred to as rhinophyma.

Rosacea-Areas- What You Didn’t Know

 

Rosacea: Who’s at Risk?

Rosacea is a chronic condition and remissions and relapses are common. Generally, the symptoms start presenting themselves around the age of 30.  The basic process seems to involve dilation or widening of the small blood vessels of the face. While doctors are still unsure of the exact causes of rosacea, there appears to be a hereditary component in a large number of people whose family members share similar symptoms.

People struggling with rosacea are negatively impacted in ways that are beyond physical.  The National Rosacea Society reports that often, those with rosacea have had their work and professional life adversely affected because of the condition, and over half of rosacea patients have missed work because of it.  A majority of those affected by the condition have experienced social stigma due to their condition, with 76% of patients reporting lowered self-esteem, and 41% admitting they have called off attending a social gather due to their symptoms.

Treating Rosacea: What You Didn’t Know

Rosacea: Treatment Options

Dr. Lawrence Jaeger , board certified dermatologist and Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York, recommends contacting your dermatologist if you find yourself struggling with rosacea. If diagnosed, you and your dermatologist can create a proper treatment plan to help you combat your symptoms.

Do not be embarrassed if you have the condition. You are part of a community of 16 million men and women who are there to support you along with your family, friends, and doctor.

Visit a board certified physician i.e.  Dr. Lawrence Jaeger at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York. Where he treats patients with Rosacea and all forms of skin diseases and disorders. Rosacea- What You Didn’t Know.