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December 1963

Shaving: I. Study of Skin and Shavings

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research, Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals, and Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(6):874-879. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590240198033

In addition to non-nucleated cells, variable sizes of fragments of epithelium composed of nucleated cells were present in relatively large and equivalent numbers in both electric and blade shavings. It is suggested that many of these come from perifollicular location. The significance of the numerous nucleated parakeratotic cells observed in sediments obtained from both shaving methods is discussed, and it is suggested that this is a frequent characteristic of the "normal" regenerative process.

The cut ends, cut angles, and lengths of hairs on the face were examined and noted to be consistently different in the two methods of shaving.

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