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5 Tips for Shaving with Bad Skin


How to shave with bad skin

By Sarah Parker Ward

Shaving is annoying for most men, but for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin, it can be downright terrifying. It doesn’t have to be that way: these tips will help keep the fiery fury to a minimum, keeping you loking and feeling your best.

No. 1: Buy good blades. As with everything, preparation is key – measure twice, cut once (pun intended). There are a ton of blade options out there now, but whether you choose to have them mailed to your door or to pick them up at the drugstore, choose yours based on blade quality. For touchy skin, the friction caused by blade dullness can result in inflammation and a burning sensation. So whether you own electric or disposable razors, buy good blades and continue to swap regularly after every 5-7 shaves.  

No. 2: Scrutinize ingredient lists. If and when you're buying a new shaving cream or gel, review the label first to make sure it’s okay for your skin type. Opt for mild, “fragrance-free” products and remember that “unscented” may just mean that it contains masking scents that reduce smell but could still irritate your skin.  

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No. 3: Shave correctly. Before shaving, take a warm shower or splash your face with warm water in the sink to help soften your facial hair. Then apply a shaving cream or gel and shave in the direction that the hair grows.

No. 4: Be gentle. You're probably super tough and all, but your skin deserves some TLC. From cleanser to aftershave, go easy on your skin as you apply and remove product. For those suffering acne, be especially careful not to knick affected areas.

No. 5: Don’t forget the sunscreen. Trying to shave skin that’s already suffering a sunburn is just plain asking for the pain. So, whenever you’re outside, lather on Broad Spectrum sunscreen to keep UVA and UVB rays at bay. Don’t forget to reapply often!  

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These simple tips, combined with a regular skincare routine, will help keep your skin at its best and avoid the razor burn, ingrown hairs and other pain points of shaving with sensitive skin.


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