Dr. Lisa Kellett is set apart by her unique approach to cosmetic enhancement and skin care by developing individualized, specialized treatments regimens for her patients at her Toronto clinic, DLK on Avenue. Dr. Kellett combines dermatological medicine with the latest laser technology advances to maximize results and minimize recovery time.
Q: I am twenty years old and every time I shave I develop razor bumps on my neck. What can I do to avoid this?
A: Almost 50 percent of my patients do not shave properly and as a result may cause skin irritations such as bumps. The neck area has hair growing in many different directions making it almost impossible to get a clean shave with just one stroke, that is why men often get razor bumps on their necks as they have to shave the area with multiple passes in order to get a clean shave. Here are some pointers on how to shave the right way to avoid those dreaded and often painful bumps, especially when men have to wear a collar!
Step 1: Shower first
Hot water opens the pores and softens the skin and hair. Ideally, you should also use an exfoliator, which will remove the dead outer layer of skin and keep the pores clean.
Step 2: Lather up
Use a thick, nondrying shave gel and apply in a circular motion.
Step 3: Use a sharp, multiblade razor
Use an effective, multiblade razor and rinse after every pass to remove hair and shave cream, and don’t press hard when shaving or you’ll be removing a layer of skin too. Let the blade glide over the face and neck and replace the cartridge after four or five uses.
Step 4: Shave in the direction the hair grows
Although this is more challenging on the neck area as per above, you have to avoid shaving in the wrong direction or you risk scraping away layers of skin.
Step 5: Wash your face
Splash with cold water to close the pores. Pat dry.
Step 6: Moisturize
Lotion or aftershave will regenerate the skin. Gel-based products are better for men with acne-prone skin and when you’re done, use moisturizer or else the area could itch for days and results in bumps and ingrown hairs.
Q: I thought I’d outgrow my acne from my teens! I am approaching thirty and still dealing with acne. I’m really self-conscious about it and it is keeping me from going out and enjoying life. What can I do?
A: Men in their 20s and 30s continue to get acne for a number of reasons including stress, hormones, genetics and environment. But I always find that the biggest reason men have breakouts is because of what they are using to clean and moisturize their skin. Often times men think they can get by using the most basic methods for washing and moisturizing their skin, (bar soap and thick moisturizer and alcohol based after shave) and this can result in acne. It can be very beneficial to change your skin-care routine to include gel-based products to clear up skin and one of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to exfoliate twice daily.
Q: I’m seeing wrinkles around my eyes and don’t like it! What can I do?
A: Botox is ideal for wrinkles around the eyes as it acts to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles and squint lines and crows’ feet. You end up with less noticeable expression lines and no new wrinkles. The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes and there is no down time, it is very popular for men to do on their lunches.