SHAVING THE BEARD:
A BARRIER AGAINST COVID-19
Will the epidemic episode of Coronavirus at the beginning of 2020 be the reason for all beards and moustaches? Very fashionable for a few years, the beard is however considered incompatible with the wearing of a mask in this period of sanitary crisis. Indeed, it would hinder the perfect seal of the mask around the face, making it less effective in preventing the passage of the virus.
The President of the Association of Emergency Physicians of France, Patrick Pelloux, invited on the set of BFMTV on March 23, 2020, advised health professionals with beards to shave, stressing that the unhygienic hair can be a risk, because the virus can live in it for several hours :
For patients, the beard is embarrassing because it harbours the virus. We sneeze, cough and put our hands in contact with our mouths an average of 60 times a day.
Caregivers, doctors and all health professionals mobilized are therefore encouraged not to wear beards or moustaches, which could prevent their masks from protecting them effectively. In Quebec, Lucie Opatrny, the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Direction générale des affaires universitaires, médicales, infirmières et pharmaceutiques (DGAUMIP) has thus addressed caregivers by reminding them that "health professionals, including doctors, must be shaved at all times during this epidemic period for the effective wearing of protective masks. The safetý of the entire health care team depends on it".
SHAVING, AN EVERYDAY TRAUMA
Men who have lost the habit of shaving closely have skin that is less able to withstand shaving. Hence the importance of using a foam that prevents irritation, is soothing and prevents pseudofolliculitis of the beard thanks to Piroctone-Olamine.
The skin on the face is naturally protected. It is covered by a film of water and sebum called the hydrolipidic film. Daily shaving, if done without care, alters this protection. Just above it, a second barrier, made of keratin (the horny layer of the skin) is also damaged by the passage of the razor blade.
The natural protective shield is weakened, and defends itself less well against environmental aggression.
This is how sensations of heating and tugging appear, particularly when shaving? It is the "razor burn".
Worse, small pimples resembling acne may appear, making you want to grow your beard again.
ADVICE FROM OUR DERMATOLOGIST
Here are a few tips to keep your daily shave from becoming a nightmare:
- Don't wait until your razor blade becomes ineffective to change it.
- Rinse and clean the blade well with alcohol before shaving.
- Before shaving, the skin must be moistened with warm water. This makes the hair easier to shave. Instead, shower before shaving by cleansing the skin with a mild cleanser such as HYFAC purifying cleansing gel.
- Now it's time for the real thing. One last manoeuvre is necessary: massaging the beard backwards to make the hair stand out.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth. The direction of the hair is not the same for all men, and varies according to the location (cheeks, chins, neck, mustache).
- After shaving, moisturize the skin with a rich moisturizing cream.
- In all cases : use a dermatological shaving foam such as the HYFAC shaving foam anti-irritation, soothing and purifying. It soothes "razor burn" while limiting bacterial and fungal proliferation (without triclosan!).
The HYFAC soothing shaving foam is the ideal ally for a smooth shave.