For lots of men, a good mustache is a necessity. In fact, you only have to look at Hollywood stars like Tom Selleck, Timothy Dalton, or Clark Gable to realise just how much of an impact they can make. Can you imagine iconic mustache wearers like Charlie Chaplin or Einstein without their furry face warmers to keep them company?
The bottom line is that facial hair speaks of masculinity, power, and manly charisma. It can be a thing which separates the men from the boys, which singles out a guy as being confident and comfortable with his sexuality. On the other hand, facial hair can also be a source of frustration, stress, and hard work; it takes a lot of effort and grooming to keep a mustache or beard neat and tidy.
The Other Side of Facial Fuzz
Unfortunately, hard work is not the only thing which facial hair attracts because bacteria and fungus are a common cause of skin problems on and around the face for men. If bacteria make its way into hair follicles, it can result in a nasty condition called folliculitis. Whilst it is no threat to overall health, it looks extremely unsightly and can make the face sore, dry, and itchy.
The other common term for folliculitis is ‘barber’s itch,’ and this skin disorder can cause painful rashes, itchy sensations, visible redness, and even pus filled blisters if left without treatment. This condition (also called staphylococcal folliculitis) is actually a product of bacteria which exists on human skin pretty much all the time. This bacteria is completely harmless until it enters the body.
Learning How to Spot the Signs
So, if you have a cut or a lesion (as a result of shaving) the bacteria can invade the hair follicles and give a guy some real trouble. This is a fairly common ailment, and can be treated with a simple course of antibiotics. However, the bad news is that bacteria is not the only thing which can cause a nasty case of barber’s itch.
It is even more common, particularly for men with curly hair and bears, to contract barber’s itch as a result of curved hairs doubling back on themselves and growing into the skin. This is essentially an ingrown hair and they are not restricted to men – it just so happens that beards are the perfect environment for naughty hair follicles which do not want to follow the crowd.
This kind of barber’s itch is more common to guys who shave with basic razor blades, because razors actively sharpen the hair follicles, making it that much easier for them to pierce the skin instead of growing outwards. If left untreated, the condition can lead to minor facial scarring, so you really do want to get rashes on the face looked at by a doctor as soon as possible.
Finding a Way to Beat the Itch
It can help, particularly for men who are prone to barber’s itch, to switch to using electric shaving equipment. According to experts, the risk of contracting the skin condition is greatly reduced if you do not share towels with others, keep towels clean and laundered properly, and use a suitable lotion or cooling cream after shaving the face.
If you are unlucky enough to be struck with the dreaded barber’s itch, a routine course of antibiotics should be more than enough to get you back in tip-top condition. The important point to remember is that this is a common ailment, and there is nothing embarrassing about speaking to a doctor or nurse about the problem. If you want to live healthily, you have to be willing to put your face first.