UNDERSTANDING ACNE KELOIDALIS NUCHAE
Everyone is familiar with facial acne and back acne, but what is Acne Keloidalis Nuchae? Acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN), also often termed as razor bumps, is a type of papule that usually appears on the neck, nape or beard area. Improper shaving of facial and body hair commonly causes AKN.
Shaving is the most common solution to removing hairs. After a few days, you might notice some reddening and itching on the shaved area. Shaving causes the end of the hair to be really sharp. Sharp enough to cause skin irritation. When hair grows and curves back, it can hit the skin and cause AKN, which is also a type of skin inflammation. AKN breeds when hair tries to grow back and meet some foreign body like dirt. If not treated immediately, this can lead to harder bumps that usually appear in the beard and neck area.
The best way to prevent AKN is to simply avoid shaving. It this can’t be done at least follow some pre-shaving regimen. You can soften your hair by using a washcloth drenched in hot water for five minutes. Preshave solution can also help the skin prepare for shaving. You can also opt to purchase lubricating shaving gel or oil. If you have a severe case of AKN, head on to your dermatologist and he can prescribe a medicated shaving solution.
When shaving, stroke in only one direction. Avoid stretching your skin. Do not use multiple strokes while shaving on the same area. Using an electric shaver rather than razor is also advisable. Try not to shave too closely to the surface of your skin. If you are used to shaving everyday, try to change your shaving schedule to at least three or four times a week.
If your dermatologist agrees, you can also try to use “shaving” chemicals that are available in the market. These products can remove facial and body hairs without actually shaving them. They contain calcium thioglycolate and/ or barium sulfide depilatories, which can dissolve hair easily so that shaving would be unnecessary. It is important to read through the packaging information of these kinds of products as they may cause chemical burns to individuals with sensitive skin.