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    Annet KingIt’s no secret that men need to care for their skin just as much as women do, but this can be difficult and frustrating if there’s a stubborn beard in their way. Share these shaving facts and tips with the men in your life and see if it makes a difference in their daily skin care regimen!

    Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

    Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (razor bumps) is a common condition of the beard area occurring in African American men and other people with curly hair. The problem results when highly curved hairs grow back into the skin causing inflammation and a foreign body reaction. Over time, this can cause keloidal scarring which looks like hard bumps of the beard area and neck.
    So what causes this? Blade shaving, which sharpens the ends of hair like a spear.

    Treatment
    A 100% effective treatment for this condition is to let the beard grow. Once the hairs get to a certain length they will not grow back into the skin. Also, washing the beard area with an abrasive scrub helps raise the hairs from under the skin and prevents them from growing back into the skin.

    The Shave
    The use of an electric shaver will help Pseudofolliculitis Barbae because it does not cut as close as blades do. Some doctors recommend chemical shaving with products such as Nair or Neet to improve the condition. Retin-A or a topical antibiotic solution prescribed by your doctor can help the problem as well. Shaving every other day, rather than daily, will improve Pseudo-folliculitis Barbae. Do not pull the skin taut when blade shaving and do not use a double or triple-edged razor. If you must use a blade, wash the face before shaving with a mild foaming cleanser, then rinse. Massage the beard area gently in a circular motion with a warm, moist, soft washcloth. This will free up the hair tips so they can be cut with the shaver. The warm water will also soften the hairs, making them easier to cut. Lather the beard area with a non-irritating, non-alkaline shaving gel and shave in the direction of beard growth. After shaving is finished, rinse thoroughly with warm water and apply a mild moisturizing aftershave lotion.

    The Facts
    The average man will shave approximately 20,000 times in his life, using 139 full days. Shaving is to most guys what make-up is to most women – the only way to face the world on a daily basis. Men shave for varied reasons: for hygiene, to look good, to look fashionably smooth, or to simply avoid turning into hirsute wonders. But many men suffer with irritation caused by shaving. This is something that can easily be avoided as it is often caused by misuse of shaving products or incorrect shaving techniques. Making sure your clients avoid those highly alkaline shaving foams or soap formulation will go a long way in solving the problem. Ceasing to use highly artificially fragrance after shaves will also help. Artificially fragranced products can cause photo sensitivity as well as being the number one cause of contact dermatitis.

    Shaving Tips
    Share the following shave tips with your male clients; they’ll be forever grateful.
    • When performing a skin treatment in the morning, advise the client to shave the night before. If the treatment is in the afternoon or evening, recommend that the client shave that morning.
    • Don’t shave right after getting up in the morning because during the night, fluid builds up under the skin of the face. This prevents the hair roots from being exposed enough, which makes it difficult to obtain a good shave. Wait for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Before shaving, wet the face and beard with warm water for at least a minute.
    • Try a shaving brush when applying shaving cream or gel.
    • Leave the shaving cream on for at least a minute before shaving.
    • Shave starting at the sides. Then, move on to the neck. Shave the chin and moustache areas last since they have the stiffest hairs that need to be softened in the foam longer to make shaving easier.
    • After shaving, wash your face thoroughly with cool water.
    • Gently pat face dry with a clean towel. Do not rub the face.
    • Clean the shaving equipment frequently.
    • Disposable razors should be air-dried after rinsing. Wiping the blades dry may blunt them.
    • Change your razor blade at least once a week to avoid bacterial growth.