blistering beards.. and moustaches too..


movember 2My classmate Rajesh always told us, a man with a beard was always a little suspect anyway.  One could not say one wore a beard because he liked it, for people didn’t like it when you tell the truth. So one had to say that he had a scar/pimple so shaving was not possible. While Rajesh’s girl friend Minnie reckoned that kissing a man with a beard is a lot like going to a picnic, one didn’t mind going through the little bush to get there!  since rest of us a romantic life a s flat as notebook on a table, we could only look at her with disdain.

Men seem to sport facial hair like statement, as an accessory to them being the Alfa male. But when it is unkempt,  it not so appealing it  I sorely tempted call the person “Joe Gross”

But this Joe Gross who walked into the medicine OPD that day, did have a legitimate issue, he had an infected pimple with ingrown hair! This much more common than what we imagine. 2014 Movember  we had actually been to schools to create an awareness about shaving hygiene,  pimples, and ingrown hair.

Ingrown hair arises when hair growns under the skin instead of out of it, it causes discomfort and in many cases infection. These could also develop into cysts.  Improper shaving technique is the number one cause of ingrown hair. The mayo clinic says it’s important to use lubricating shave gel a sharp single-blade razor and to shave in the direction of the hair growth. A blunt blade can cause ingrowth of hair.

If one does have a beard, then regularly trimming would give a groomed look, but more importantly  one should make sure that one is rinsing down to the skin each day in the shower. After shower it is necessary to put some essential oils into the beard like tea tree oil,  this would keep both the follicle and the skin healthy.

Ingrown hair cyst is known as pilonidal cyst and is a frustrating problem, it manifests a small solitary cystic area, and contains clear fluid, if it turns turbulent or yellow it indicates presence of infection. In very severe cases it can spread causing multiple access.

Though people advise exfoliation, the best thing to do is to keep the follicle clean and let the cyst dry on its own. There are people who recommend exfoliating masks, well I would not recommend it unless one is really adept at handling it.

Regular exfoliation of skin, and use of acne cream if one has the tendency to break into pimples would be the best way to handle it.

If the cyst does not dry in 4-5 days I would recommend consulting the skin specialist. It definitely makes more sense than plucking the hair follicle at home and complicating the issue.

All the same it is not devoid of home remedies, one can use hot water fermentation, or steaming also helps. The heat allows the boil to rise up and form a point of rupture then cleaning the area with antiseptic works fine.

shavingIn addition to improper shaving, trauma, scar tissue also cause ingrown hair.

Another major cause of ingrown hair is piling of dead skin blocking  the skin pores. This does not allow the hair follicle to emerge out of the pore.

Itching is the most common symptom of ingrown hair, or a potential cyst. The are becomes tender to touch and then erupts into a boil. Acne whiteheads are all fall out of ingrown hair.

Think about this—  winning is like shaving, you do it everyday or you wind up looking like a bum, moreover tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette


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