I am a 31 year old Caucasian male. My facial hair is most prominent around the mustache and chin areas of my face.
I am concerned about what I perceive to be irreversible “damage” to some of the hair follicles on my face from shaving. I now seem to have small “bald” patches from improper shaving techniques (shaving against the grain, shaving without allowing enough hot water to soften the beard).
These bald patches in my beard show up pretty well as my facial hair is dark and I seem to have 5 o’clock shadow even after shaving.
Will these hair follicles ever repair? Can I use Rogaine to revive them? Are there any other suggestions you can offer me (besides being more careful with my daily shaving routine)? Help!
Unless your shaving technique involves cutting into the skin by 5mm and shaving off the the top skin layer, you cannot damage your hair follicle.
The bald spots on your face were likely there before and you are just noticing them or you have a disease like alopecia areata that is causing these bald spots to appear.