Tips for Getting a Smooth Shave
Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women, especially in the winter. Yet getting a smooth shave with minimal irritation is possible. Check out these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Follow these tips from dermatologists:
- Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair.
- Next, apply a shaving cream or gel.
- Be sure to shave in the direction that the hair grows.
- Change blades or throw away disposable razors after 5 to 7 shaves to help minimize irritation.
- Men who have acne should take special care while shaving.Shaving can irritate your skin, making acne worse.
- If you have acne on your face, try experimenting with electric or disposable blade razors to see which work best for you.
- Use a razor with a sharp blade.
- Shave lightly to prevent nicks and never try to shave off the acne as both can make acne worse.
“If you have any questions about shaving, especially shaving acne-prone skin, see a board-certified dermatologist,” said Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass. “Treating an underlying skin condition, such as acne, can go a long way in reducing irritation caused by shaving.”
These steps are demonstrated in “How to Shave,” a video posted to the Academy website and the Academy’s YouTube channel. This video is part of the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series, which offers relatable videos that demonstrate tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series posts to the Academy website and the YouTube channel each month.