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Posted by: Pam | 2010/04/12

Rush from shaving

My son (17) just started shaving. He started with using shaving foam for sensitive skin and use Nivea after shave balm. After stuggling with rush and acnee everytime after shaving someone told him to use dove soap instead. This did not help and he got the rush anyway. then someone told him to use prep, this did not help either. His got a bad rush at the moment aswell as acnee on the area where he shaved. He uses a new March 3 razor everytime. What can he use? He is to scared to shave now!

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Hallo Pam
This is called sycosis barbae and quite common. He should not shave close to the skin - rather let him use an electric razor that does not cut the hair too close to the skin but leaves it a half a millimetre or so long. He can use a good antiseptic face wash, Retin-A cream on the area and low dose of antibiotics (50 mg tetracycline) twice a day for a few months. He will need a prescription from your doctor and a letter for the school to allow him a "5 0 clock shadow" If the rash is very bad they should actually not shave at all for a few weeks.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2010/04/13

Hallo Pam
This is called sycosis barbae and quite common. He should not shave close to the skin - rather let him use an electric razor that does not cut the hair too close to the skin but leaves it a half a millimetre or so long. He can use a good antiseptic face wash, Retin-A cream on the area and low dose of antibiotics (50 mg tetracycline) twice a day for a few months. He will need a prescription from your doctor and a letter for the school to allow him a "5 0 clock shadow" If the rash is very bad they should actually not shave at all for a few weeks.
Dr Bets

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