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January 1955

SHAVING: Its Relationship to Diseases of the Bearded Area of the Face

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Montreal, Canada

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(1):11-13. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540250013003

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LITTLE has been written regarding the relationship of shaving to diseases of the bearded area of the face.

Greenbaum in the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology in 1935 pointed out that shaving against the grain can produce ingrown hairs. Sulzberger notes that in the treatment of sycosis barbae instructing the patient to shave with the grain is important. Andrews suggests that in treating sycosis barbae shaving should be light and infrequent. Lewis says that shaving with an electric razor may be helpful. Others have pointed out that daily shaving was a necessity.

The purpose of this paper is to endeavor to explain the mechanism by which shaving can produce disease.

The hair projects from the skin surface at an angle (Fig. 1). It has been shown by Upham and Landauer, in 1935, that there is a correlation between the thickness of the cutis and

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