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The Best Way to Shave

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Man shaving

For men who are going for the clean shaved look, it’s important to consider these tips. (Photo courtesy of the GroomingArtist.com)

Many men are prone to ingrown hairs. The scientific term for this condition is called “pseudofolliculitis barbae.”

Ingrown hairs in the beard area result from small, shaved hairs curling back into the skin. The embedded hairs then form a bump. These bumps can get inflamed, infected, and eventually lead to scarring.
The easiest treatment is to stop shaving. According to experts, ingrown hairs spontaneously release after 1 centimeter of growth. Dr. Tareen and her colleagues frequently write letters of medical necessity for patients’ jobs that document their necessity to limit shaving.
Some men may desire or need a clean shaven appearance. Below are great tips to help prevent ingrown hairs:
1. Use a single- blade razor:  Single blade razors shave less closely and prevent small hairs from curling into the skin. Razors should be replaced every five to seven shaves.
2. Use electric clippers: Clippers are another great option. The blade setting that allows 0.5-1mm of stubble tends to be the most effective at limiting ingrowns.
3. Shaving technique is important:  Before shaving, men should wash with a mild cleanser using a gentle circular technique to free any embedded hairs. During shaving, a moisturizing shave cream should be used. Shaving should always be done in the direction of hair growth.
4. Laser hair removal is a great option: Permanent reduction of hair is both cost and time effective when factoring in the cost/ time of shaving.
Gentleman who are still developing ingrown hairs should see Dr. Tareen. Prescription topical washes and creams can be effective at reducing ingrown hairs and scarring.

 

Top Cosmetic Treatments for Men

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Cosmetic treatments for men are becoming more popular than ever before.  In 2011, more than 300,000 men received Botox treatment for their wrinkles!  Men are quickly learning that cosmetic treatments, including Botox and fillers, can help them to keep their youthful appearance – without anyone knowing they have had a cosmetic treatment.

Top Cosmetic Treatments for Men:

  • Botox and Dysport: Botox and Dysport are both purified proteins that are used to relax overactive muscles of the face.  By relaxing the overactive muscles that lead to deep wrinkles, Botox and Dysport can soften wrinkles that are already present and prevent the formation of deep wrinkles in the future.  The most common areas for men to have Botox or Dysport are the glabella (between the brows), crows feet (lines at the sides of the eyes), and the horizontal wrinkles on the forehead.
  • Fillers: Restylane, Perlane, and Radiesse are all popular dermal fillers used to replenish lost volume for men.  These fillers can be used in many areas of the face, though men typically benefit most from treatment to their tear trough (to fill in the hollowness under their eyes) and nasolabial folds (smile lines.)
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion uses diamond exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and unveil the healthier, brighter skin just beneath the surface.  A short series of microdermabrasion treatments can make the skin’s surface smoother and help the pores to appear smaller.
  • Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are popular with our male patients who have hyperpigmentation (from old acne lesions or shaving bumps), rosacea, or just dull skin.  Our most popular chemical peel for men is the Gloss Peel, a TCA peel that removes the superficial layer of the skin, to improve the texture of the skin and brighten the appearance of the skin.

When performed by an experienced dermatologist, cosmetic treatments can help men to look younger and healthier, while keeping the desired masculine look.

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