A man’s beard has between 7,000 and 15,000 hairs.  This hair density is a function of genetics and cannot be changed.  Daily shaving is commonplace in our society today, but it has roots stretching back to prehistoric times.

In 1919 an MIT professor created the first lather-free shaving cream, which he named “Barbasol.”  It was considered such a necessity that its consumption hardly dropped during the years of the Great Depression.

Shaving irritation can be limited by using a high quality shaving gel or cream, using a sharp razor, and shaving with the grain of the beard.  Some individuals may benefit from prescription products.

Stephen Steiner, PA-C

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