Easily the biggest drawback when it comes to shaving is having to deal with razor burn. It’s uncomfortable, unsightly, and just plain awful! No one enjoys going through the trouble of shaving, only to have the result be a red, bumpy face. If you have sensitive skin and find you typically have a negative reaction to shaving, you may want to make adjustments to your shaving routine.
Razor burn can occur for a number of reasons, the most common reason being a lack of lubrication. It’s essential that a quality shaving cream or soap is used, as they contain high amounts of aloe, Vitamin E and other soothing ingredients. Creating a moisture barrier between your skin and your blade will reduce your chances of irritation. Another common cause is a dull blade, or shaving too roughly. If you’re shaving in a hurry, you can pretty much count on a lovely case of the burn.
Another unpleasant (and arguably much, much grosser) irritation caused by shaving are ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs occur when a hair curls and begins to grow back into the skin. They are more common among those with curly or coarse hair, but they are something everyone has to deal with at one time or another. Sometimes the ingrown hair can become infected, will resemble a pimple, and be generally uncomfortable. Keep in mind that picking or popping ingrown hairs can worsen the infection, and may even cause scarring. Ingrown hairs tend to clear themselves up in a few days, so there’s no need to worry too much. If it begins to bother you, or is becoming worse, a trip to your doctor may be in order.
A soothing aftershave gel, balm or splash is always a good way to prevent shaving irritations, and will generally feel amazing after a shave. Always make sure your razor is sharp and clean, to prevent tugging on your skin, or an infection from a dirty blade. Taking steps to prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs is pretty essential - because no one wants to get rid of their facial hair only to reveal red, bumpy skin underneath. No thank you!
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