Men (Santa Claus Included) Need These Facial Hair Care Tips | Health, Medicine and Fitness


Cara Murez

FRIDAY, December 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Healthy looking facial hair starts with healthy skin, even if you’re Santa Claus.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers some tips for preventing dandruff, ingrown hair, acne and itch under your beard, goatee, and mustache, whether you’ve had facial hair for a long time, or just stopped shaving during the pandemic.

“Whether your beard is trimmed or full and bushy, skin problems can develop underneath,” said certified dermatologist Dr. James Ralston. “While it’s common to limit facial hair hygiene to rinsing in the shower, a few extra steps can go a long way in preventing any problems and keeping facial hair and the skin underneath well hydrated.”

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Ralston suggests washing your face and facial hair daily. Use circular motions to gently massage a fragrance-free, non-comedogenic cleanser (formulated to not clog pores) onto your skin and beard. Remember to rinse well. Then gently dry your face with a clean towel.

Don’t touch or stroke your beard, as this can transfer dirt or germs from your hand and cause skin problems, he advised.

Consider using an exfoliating product that contains salicylic acid once or twice a week if you have stubble and are prone to ingrown hairs, recommends Ralston. Choose a product labeled “gentle” or for “sensitive skin”.

While your skin is still damp, massage the moisturizer through your facial hair to your skin.

If you have thatch, don’t forget about sun protection, he noted. Use a moisturizer containing a broad spectrum Solar cream with an SPF of 30 or more.

Detangle and style the hair on your still wet face using a beard comb.

If you shave, apply an unscented shaving oil, cream or gel before trimming or shaving your facial hair, suggests Ralton.

Timing matters. Shave at the end of or right after a shower when your hair is at its softest, and work in the direction of your hair growth. Rinse your razor after each stroke. Apply your moisturizer, conditioner, or beard oil immediately after shaving.

“It can be hard to tell what’s going on under facial hair,” Ralston said in an academy press release. “If you notice a skin problem under your beard, goatee, or mustache, or have any questions about how to care for them, speak to a certified dermatologist.”

The United States National Institutes of Health has some tips for keep healthy skin.

SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, press release, December 15, 2021

This article was originally published on conso.healthday.com.

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