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July 1941

DERMATITIS FROM USE OF AN ELECTRIC RAZOR

Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(1):69-70. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500010072015
Abstract

There have been reported 3 cases of dermatitis caused directly by the mechanical contact of an electric razor with the skin resulting in trauma and infection.1

Dermatitis indirectly due to the use of an electric razor is probably more common than has been realized. Two cases which I wish to report are typical. The histories are identical; so the cases may be described together. I wish to emphasize the fact that the circumstances under which the dermatitis occurred were the cause of the condition.

One man had used an electric razor for three years and another for six years without any cutaneous disturbance. After constant use of the razor for years, the patients became so adept in the technic of shaving that a mirror was not needed. In order to save time in the morning, it became their custom to sit in the bathroom, read the morning paper and

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