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Beard Burn! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn't Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro,

Every time I have an intense make out session with a boy my face gets hella messed up. Dry rough skin on my chin and upper lip, small pimples – EWW! I know it’s from guys that aren’t clean shaven but WTF?! Am I so muy sensitivo? Is there anything I can do to help post make out? This is embarrassing. It must be totally obvious to people about what I’ve been up to. I’m just beardy boy crazy!!!

Ouchy Face Frieda

Dear OFF,

What you are describing sounds like beard burn and it can happen on your face or anywhere that a bearded person may be rubbing against for any amount of time. It’s that stubble combined with fluids and a lot of friction. There are quite a few home remedies available to those who are fond of lip-locking with the hirsute faced. Use either soy or skim milk with a bit of warm water. Soak a rag or t-shirt in the mixture, we ring gently and apply in a compress to your beard burn. Instead of the milks, you could brew some green tea and after it has steeped apply the cooled down tea with the afore mentioned soaking cloth. Do not use a wash cloth as it is too rough. Allow this to remain on the affected area 4-10 minutes. Do not rinse after. Then apply a bit of aloe vera gel (cooled in the fridge feels the best) and/or a bit of 1% hydrocortisone. The hydrocortisone is definitely not the most natural option but you will see faster results. This can all be done up to four times daily. Two more things to keep in mind: 1. Do NOT exfoliate your face at least five hours prior to any possible juicy mouth action. 2. Make sure to wash your face fully with a gentle antiseptic cleanser after your intense make-out session.

Lust & Happiness,
Dr. Miro

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