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An Electric Shaver Better for Face P?
At last I’ve found an entertaining website devoted to P.
All the other sites are so morbid — my God.
I thought I couldn't be the only one with PA who has a sense of
humor. I now know I'm right!
I was diagnosed with
psoriatic arthritis (PA) a year ago and have maintained reasonable health
since. However my face seems to be getting worse with [plaque] psoriasis
so naturally its worrying me. I shave with a razor and I'm positive its
making the P worse. I know you’re not a doctor, but in your own
experience and those who have emailed you, would you recommend an electric
I'm seriously thinking
of changing to that if it will help.
As I said I’ve
enjoyed your website and will visit again for not only information but a
laugh, too! I live in the UK. Take
care, -James M.
Ed’s Response: Good
question, James. I’ve been
bearded through most of my psoriatic life, but as any man who likes a shaped beard knows, that doesn’t preclude shaving altogether.
We’ve got that wee bit of cheek flanking the nose to drag smooth
and, of course, the under-chin and neck should be hairless to expose the
Adam’s Apple, which is proof of our maleness.
Having a visible rock-solid Adam’s Apple in tense situations
sends out a message of strength and aggression and is more acceptable in
polite society than chest-beating … but I’m preaching to the choir,
In the nearly two
decades that I’ve been bearded I’ve purchased electric beard trimmers
but never an electric razor. I
remember having one or two Remingtons or Norelcos between puberty and
beard but they must not have left a strong enough impression to keep me
loyal. Today I strip the
cheeks and neck with a so-called “safety razor,” which is a thin blade
— or two, or three — wrapped in plastic with a handle so if you slit
anything it’s unlikely to go arterial-deep, if you know what I mean.
Safety razors are devices for inflicting paper cuts on places paper
I have had P lesions
on my face, and it has occurred to me that shaving might exacerbate the
situation. When I did feel
compelled to harvest the hair strong enough to sprout through a psoriatic
patch, I usually followed the ritual with an application of mild
corticosteroid cream (e.g., Westcort cream).
I would be more
concerned about shaving areas with flexural psoriasis.
In my case that’s the groin, which I don’t shave since I
don’t wear the sort of beach apparel that requires it.
(Indeed, I don’t wear any sort of beach apparel at all.)
My flexural spots are red, irritated areas — not elevated and not
flaking. Just the opposite of
plaque psoriasis, these flexural lesions are not tough but tender.
No, I don’t think I could be compelled to shave them — which
means if I ever do wear skimpy beach apparel again, it will be an
If you switch to an electric shaver, let us know what happens. Remember, if it’s got a cord that plugs into the wall, don’t use it in the bathtub! <wink> -Ed