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Dr. Allan Peterkin, helping guys get a less irritating shave

November 3, 2013

Dr. Allan Peterkin, a renown pognologist (or facial hair scholar), Dove Men+Care men’s grooming expert, and author of three bestselling books on facial hair, including One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of The Mo, joins eHealth Radio and the Skin Care Channel to help guys get a less irritating shave.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Allan Peterkin discuss the following:

  • Most men complain that shaving causes irritation, such as razor burn. Do you have any advice to help guys get a less irritating shave?
  • As seasons change and the weather gets colder, many men tend to get dry skin on their faces. How can they avoid this problem?
  • Do men who prefer a scruffier look or who sport facial hair need to care their faces in the same ways clean-shaven men do?
  • With Movember just around the corner, many men who don’t often wear mustaches will start to grow them out. What tips can you offer to help these guys maintain their new mustaches and what styles do you think will be the most popular?
  • Most guys are busy and don’t think too much about facial skincare or grooming. What’s the single most important step you would encourage guys-on-the-go not to leave out of their daily routine?

Duration: 10:15

Dr. Allan Peterkin, facial hair expert and pognologist – or beard scholar – is known for his three bestselling books on facial hair: One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair, The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide To Shaving Face (co-written with Nick Burns), and One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of The Mo. These books have become the authoritative references for both factual and fun information on the history of men's grooming, shaving, and facial hairstyles over time.

Dr. Peterkin has contributed to or been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, GQ and Esquire as well as in documentaries from National Geographic and Morgan Spurlock (2012’s Mansome). He also recently appeared as a judge at the 2012 National Beard and Mustache Championships in Las Vegas.

In addition to his work as a facial hair and cultural history expert, Peterkin teaches at the medical school at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Health, Arts, and Humanities Program. He is also a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts, and Humanities, and is the author or editor of 14 books for both children and adults. For more information, visit

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