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Skincare Advice with Dr. Burgess

Dr. Cheryl Burgess

Dr. Burgess is the founder and president of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Washington, DC. She is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC.

Dr. Burgess has shared her vast knowledge of skin of color with BioCosmetic Research Labs to help us create the Black Opal skincare line.

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Why do I get ingrown hairs?
Dr. Burgess: Men with coarse curly hairs can develop ingrown hairs or folliculitis at the site of shaving, tweezing or waxing. Men have a prominence of ingrown hairs in the beard region, back of the neck/hairline. Removal of coarse curly hairs from the root is the primary cause for ingrown hairs. Many hairs will get caught under the skin but continue to grow and coil under the surface of the skin causing redness and irritation.

How often should I shave?
Dr. Burgess: Shave as often as needed to maintain a clean-shaven look.

Which direction should I shave, up or down?
Dr. Burgess: You should shave in the direction your hair grows. Hair grows in a downward direction on most men.

What type of razor should I use?
Dr. Burgess: A fixed head single blade razor should be used until bumps are properly healed. Then, for an even closer shave, you may use a fixed head twin blade.

Why should I use a single blade?
Dr. Burgess: A single blade should be used to avoid the pulling of hairs that normally occurs with a twin blade.

What are some shaving tips to avoid ingrown hairs?
Dr. Burgess: My recommendations are:

  • Shave in the direction your hair grows. Hair grows in a downward direction on most men
  • If you suffer from razor bumps, I recommend using a fixed head single blade razor until bumps are properly healed. A single blade should be used to avoid the pulling of hairs that normally occurs with a twin blade
  • Once razor bumps are healed or if you prefer a closer shave, you may use a fixed head twin blade.
I am a woman and I suffer from unsightly facial hair.What causes this and how can I get rid of it?
Dr. Burgess: Women of color are more prone than other women to unwanted facial hair. Excess hair growth can be caused by

  • Aging
  • Hormonal changes
  • Heredity
  • Related to ethnic heritage
  • Reaction to medication

There are several methods to remove unwanted hair but the most common methods are tweezing, shaving or waxing. These methods are temporarily effective at removing the unwanted hair but can cause side effects such as:
  • Ingrown hairs/Razor bumps
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Scarring
  • Discoloration
How does the ingrown hair soother work?
Dr. Burgess: The Even True Ingrown Hair Soother is specially formulated with chaparral extract which is a desert plant shrub used as a medicinal herb which helps inhibit hair growth. You may see results as early as 4-8 weeks when used twice a day. Long term usage will help reduce hair growth significantly over time.

The Ingrown Hair Soother should be used in conjunction with other hair removal method such as tweezing, shaving , waxing or lasering. Although it helps to reduce hair growth so that you are using hair removal methods less, it DOES NOT permanently remove unwanted facial hair.
Is it safe to use the ingrown hair soother in other areas of the body?
Dr. Burgess: The recommended usage is on the face and neck area.