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May 21, 1938

DERMATITIS FROM THE USE OF DRY SHAVERS

JAMA. 1938;110(21):1748. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790210005008d

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Abstract

In recent years dry shaving methods have been widely popularized and in many instances they have been adopted to minimize the amount of irritation of the skin. It is my purpose to report three cases of dermatitis resulting from the use of dry shavers. Since this paper was written, four additional cases have come to my attention.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.—  A young man who had been using a round-head type of dry shaver for a month noticed an eruption on his face. This started with a burning and redness of the skin, which came on several days after he had used the new method of shaving. At first the reaction lasted for a few hours but, with continued use of the implement, the rather transient inflammation gave way to a permanent redness and scaling around the hairs. He stated that he had used the shaver over and over

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