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How can you stop getting acne from shaving?

How can you stop getting acne from shaving?

Is it acne?: There's a folliculitis syndrome that affects the beard, especially a teen's new beard, that is easily mistaken for acne. If you really have acne, just get decent medical treatment (benzoyl peroxide and if needed a physician's rx) and you can shave fine. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Could you tell me what's the connection between acne and shaving?

Could you tell me what's the connection between acne and shaving?

Folliculitus: Most people mistake follicultius for acne. Shaving against the grain of your hair causes it to be cut below the skin. When it grows back it gets trapped under the skin causing ingrown hairs. Shaving with the hair, and exfoliating on a regular basis will help alleviate bumps. An option is doing laser hair removal which will destroy the hair follicle getting rid of the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Could shaving foams clog pores/cause acne?

Could shaving foams clog pores/cause acne?

No: This sudsy stuff probably never plugged anything. If you're got bumps on the face from shaving, it may be folliculitis of the beard, easily managed, or real acne, which is very treatable if you're willing to make the effort. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent acne from shaving?

Can you tell me how to prevent acne from shaving?

Salicylic acid: If you acne flares from shaving, a salicylic acid based wash may be all you need. If the pimples are around the hairs, you may have folliculitis of the beard instead; this is worth discussing with your personal physician. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my skin from having acne after shaving?

How can I prevent my skin from having acne after shaving?

Fresh razor and..: Using one of the razors that have built in moisturizing strips, making sure you lubricate skin a lot before shaving and always using a new razor are all things that will help with razor induced acne. Make sure you rinse area well after shaving and moisturize after as well. The irritation after shaving is often what induces the acne after shaving, so pampering the skin is essential. ...Read more

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I hear that shaving the face is ok for Women for exfoliating the face.. But if one has acne is it still OK?

I hear that shaving the face is ok for Women for exfoliating the face.. But if one has acne is it still OK?

Treat gently acne: Acne skin is inflamed and should be treated with care. Exfoliation should be done gently, to avoid trauma that could worsen inflammation and cause scarring in the future. Best exfoliants for people with acne are the gentle, Cleansers with Beta and/or alpha Hydroxyl acids (Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid wash, Lactic acid etc.). Chemical peels are to be done only by experts. Trust your Dermatologist ...Read more

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Does applying alcohol before shaving can help prevent acne? Does that hurt sensitive skin?

Does applying alcohol before shaving can help prevent acne? Does that hurt sensitive skin?

Ouch, Ouch, Ouch: & OUCH !! Alcohol and then shaving - that could sting. No that won't prevent acne. Yes, that might hurt. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest me a good day cream for dry skins (men)? My skin gets itchy after shaving n i'v also some acne and dark circles.Thank you

Can you please suggest me a good day cream for dry skins (men)? My skin gets itchy after shaving n i'v also some acne and dark circles.Thank you

shaving breakouts: All the signs and symptoms you are describing, itching and acne bumps after shaving that are leaving dark marks on your face sound like a condition called psuedofolliculitis barbae. A moisturizer is not going to help much but try something gentle like cetaphil. This condition is stubborn and sometimes difficult to treat. I would recommend you consult a dermatologist to help control the problem. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more