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Shaving Best Practices

Wash before shaving - Even if you've just taken a shower, a splash of warm water can help open up your pores.

Let the gel/cream sit - Waiting for a minute before shaving will add moisture from the gel to your follicles, making them easier to cut.

Replace blades when they pull - Shaving should be a smooth process; if your razor blade is pulling hairs, it's not sharp enough.

Dry skin, or xerosis, is a common skin condition that can occur at any age. The American Skin Association makes several suggestions for dealing with dry skin:

Take shorter, cooler showers. Exposure to hot water for long periods of time causes loss of skin's natural oils.

Use moisturizing creams and ointments several times each day to help retain water in the skin.

Use mild soaps and avoid antibacterial soap when possible.

Chronic or severe dry skin problems may require a dermatologist's advise.

when possible.

Chronic or severe dry skin problems may require a dermatologist's advise.

Shaving 101

By Dr. Jeffrey S. Dover

Despite the fact that it isn’t a part of nearly every man’s daily routine, the truth is that most of us are never taught how to shave properly. I never took a course in it, never read about it and if I weren’t a dermatologist, I am not sure that I would know the best way to do it. Most men make all kinds of mistakes while shaving— fortunately, there easy to correct.

The essentials

the best time to shave is right after you get out of the shower, when your skin is moist if that’s not possible, wash your face while with warm water— the hotter, the better— then apply a shaving gel. A gel actually lubricates your skin while going from a gel state to a phone state. You can use any gel or even a standard foam— just be sure to look for one with a built in moisturizer, as some can be very drying. Massage the gel or foam into your face and let it sit for a minute in order to push up the hair and soften it for the shave. In the area of blades, technology has come a long way from the days of the single blades, which didn’t glide across the skin very well every bump on your face could result in a nick or cut. Today, readers come with up to five blades and pivoting heads that follow the contours of your face. How do you know when it is time to change your blade? It differs from every man, based on how often you shave or the thickness of your facial hair, but when the blade stops sliding smoothly or any kind of polling results, that’s when it needs to be retired. The good news is that well-made blades today are sharper and better honed than they used to be, so even if they cost more money up front, the blades are likely to last longer.

The Technique

now comes the actual shaving part. You want one nice, even stroke from top to bottom in the same direction, not multiple strokes in one area. If you have to go over in area repeatedly, your blade is an sharp enough. When shaving your neck, note the direction of the hair growth and shave with the grain, not against it it’s not uncommon to have hair that grows sideways on the neck, so shave those areas sideways for the best results.

If ingrown hairs are an issue, you may be tempted to shave less. However, you should actually shave more— a consistent daily routine doesn’t give the hairs a chance to become ingrown. If it’s a problem no matter what you do, see your dermatologist.

The process is as simple as that. Afterword, rinse your face with cold water to relieve your skin from any nicks or cuts before patting it dry with a towel. You can then put on your favorite cologne (or alcohol-free aftershave if you prefer, though it’s not necessary) and enjoy that smooth, close shave

Winter tips for managing psoriasis

by Dr. Andy Robertson

Cold weather can wreck havoc on your skin. If you’re one of the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis— a chronic, non-contagious disease of the immune system that causes the skin to crack, each and bleed—winter is the most challenging season.

According to the national psoriasis foundation, psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, appearing most frequently on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso. Dry air, decreased sunlight and cooler temperatures contribute to psoriasis flares. Additionally, holiday stress in winter illnesses such as flu and strep throat can trigger psoriasis. Following these tips may help you deal with an outbreak.

Moisturize to reduce redness and itching

Creams and ointments are thicker and more hydrating than lotions, and they lock in more moisture in the skin. Aim for fragrant-free products or those designed for sensitive skin to avoid irritation. Experts say it’s best to apply moisturizers to damp skin immediately after a shower.

Bathe or shower in lukewarm, not hot, water

Hot water dries out skin Inc. can worsen itching. Cutting down on showers is best in the wintertime, when indoor air is dryer. As possible, try to limit yourself to one shower a day and use soap for sensitive skin. Products with oil, oatmeal, dead sea salts or Epsom salts can help remove psoriasis plaques.

Ease stress

Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis. Find something you like that relaxes you, such as reading a good book or taking a long walk. The national psoriasis foundation recommends relaxation and stress-reduction techniques like meditation and yoga to help maintain the disease. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any alternative treatments.

Consider phototherapy

Phototherapy, or light therapy, may be helpful in the winter. It exposes the skin to ultraviolet light B (UVB), which is beneficial for psoriasis. Treatments are done in a doctors office or with a home phototherapy unit prescribed by a dermatologist.

Wear soft layers

People with psoriasis often experienced itching and discomfort with certain clothing. A layer of silk or cotton as an undergarment beneath uncomfortable garments may help relieve itching. Undergarments can also protect your clothing from messy psoriasis treatments such as topical ointments. Additionally, try to avoid wool and synthetic fibers that can irritate skin.

Improve your treatment plan

A simple adjustment to your medication or doses may help relieve symptoms. Talk with your doctor if your psoriasis worsens in the winter.

Additional information about psoriasis and treatments is available from the national psoriasis [email protected]

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