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Ingrown Hairs and Facial deformity

Facial Deformity and Irregularity. No two sides of anybody’s face are exactly alike. The ears differ; the eyes differ; the sides of the face or the nose or the mouth are not equal and facial movements also differ on each side of the face. Characteristic facial expressions such as smiling are done more with one side of the face than another, and so are many other facial expressions. In our examination above, the mirror image of each side of the face is reproduced for observation. It becomes readily apparent that one side of the face is more handsome than the


Fig. 22. Trouble with ingrown hairs begins with the shaving process. The very short remaining hair grows into the overhanging skin to begin an infection. Most often it is seen in men whose beard hair grows on a slant.

other. Obscure history would have us believe that one side of the face represents a man’s soul, while the other side represents his will. Which side is which, must be determined by each individual.

Ingrown Hairs. As is well-known, most hair grows outwardly. At times however, there are hairs which grow underneath the skin rather than over it. The difficulty arises where shaving is a daily issue in beards with whiskers which do not stand up straight, but which grow sideways in one or more directions.

The treatment of ingrown hairs requires the elimination of each involved hair, with patient cleanliness to prevent infection. Prevention of ingrown hair is possible by changing shaving habits to eliminate the close shave. When it is learned that only the closely-shaven hair can become an ingrown hair, it also becomes obvious that the longer hairs cannot be troublesome. Some find electric razors of value in preventing ingrown hair, whereas, others have found that blade razors work best for them.




Diseases of the Face – Tics and Facial Palsy

Tics, Unintended Facial Movements. Tics are unusual nervous twitches in the face, caused by spasms of local facial muscles. Some twitching can be stopped at will, but others are entirely uncontrollable. Tics are not serious when they represent temporary excessive nervousness, but when they become persistent, they may represent serious underlying disease. They most commonly involve the face about the eye, nose, and mouth.
Tic Douloureux is a well-known type of tic usually seen in the later years of life. It is very painful, strikes without warning and usually affects only one side. It produces a savage lancing pain in the temple, jaw, or teeth, and is sometimes brought about by the slight stimulation of shaving, exposure to cold or draught, and sometimes without any stimulation at all. The pain usually does not last long, it may recur with agonizing frequency.


Fig. 21. Tic Douloureux, facial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia are one and the same difficulty. Savage pain in one side of the face may begin with a mild trigger action, such as shaving, a cold breeze or light touch. Pain is caused by a nerve defect of the fifth (trigeminal) cranial nerve; cutting this nerve is sometimes necessary for relief. Attacks may stay away for years at a time.

Tic Douloureux involves a cranial nerve, which is the nerve of sensation to the entire face, teeth, nose, and eyes. The exact cause of this painful disease is unknown but medical and surgical measures, in the hands of the physician, are definitely available for adequate relief.

Facial Palsy. Paralysis of portions of the face is very common. Palsies of only one side of the face, frequently occur as a result of exposure to cold, or extreme emotional disturbances. They may accompany an impending or recent stroke, especially in the older age group and they may also be accompanied by paralysis of some other portion of the body.

Another type of facial palsy is called Ptosis of the eyelids and appears as an eyelid which opens only partially. Ptosis of the eyelid, especially when confined to one side, may be associated with more serious underlying disease. An example is Horner’s Syndrome, a most complex difficulty, involving not only the eyelid, but other complex body structures as well. Only a skilled physician can recognize and prescribe the necessary treatment for such difficulty.




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