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The Hundred-Year-Old Fix for Razor Bumps

There are a slew of products aimed at black men with this problem, but I found relief in early-20th-century razor technology. Now, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur has built a company around the old-fashioned solution.

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The Scorched-Earth Acne Solution

Isotretinoin, better known as Accutane, is the acne drug of last resort. It let me shed my skin—literally—for the price of some gnarly side effects.

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When 'Good Hair' Hurts

For years, I relaxed my black hair using painful chemicals as a way to find acceptance in my mostly white environment.