A Groom's Guide to Proper Grooming

In this day and age, even the manliest men are looking for solutions to their most pressing grooming problems. Got some? Read on.
by Joanna Saltz

Shaving Bumps

It's all about shaving with the grain in the spots where you get irritated, says Peter Wisch, MD, a society dermatologist who also treats many grooms. He suggests using a lubricating shave gel (not foam) on wet skin, and letting it soak in for a few minutes to straighten the follicle. Then shave with a manual --not electric -- blade.


The best way to handle out-of-control eyebrows is to wax, if you can be a man and handle a little pain. Waxed hairs take longer to grow back and, when they eventually do, they'll grow in thinner and sparser. You could also undertake the painstaking (and we mean pain) process of plucking the bridge of your nose. If pain isn't your game, ask your barber to trim your brows with a scissors. (At least this measure will keep you from looking like a Muppet.) Whatever you do, don't shave your brows -- you'll just be asking for unsightly stubble and ingrown hairs.

Breakout From Hell

If your acne feeds on pressure, you may need to ward off an attack a week in advance by taking a prescription steroid like Prednisone, says Dr. Wisch. If it's too late and a monster has already arrived, a derm can give you a cortisone cream to immediately reduce swelling and redness. Can't get to a doctor? An over-the-counter topical cream with sulfur will dry out the spot. Dr. Wisch suggests a tinted solution like Rezamid or Liquimat to conceal while it heals.

Excessive Sweating

Technically called hyperhidrosis, an overabundance of perspiration on your armpits and palms is often triggered by stressful situations (yes, getting married could fall into that category). When over-the-counter products don't work, you may need a serious prescription antiperspirant. Drysol is one of the most popular brands.

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