By Erin Manoles, PA-C

Nothing feels better than baby-smooth skin, but often in our valiant attempts to get a close shave, we can end up with pesky razor bumps. Nobody wants to feel the [razor] burn! Here are some pointers on how to shave with good technique and reduce the chance of that dreaded irritation:

Before you shave

  • Consider regularly exfoliating the skin to remove dead skin cells – this will give you a smoother, healthier place to start!
  • Wet the skin to be shaved in the shower or bathtub. You have the best chance of zero irritation when skin is clean, wet, and warm.

Shaving with proper technique

  • Apply a gentle shaving gel such as our Skin Wise Organics Soothing Shave Gel or a cream product to the area to prevent irritation.
  • Shave in the direction the hair grows. It can be so tempting to go against the grain for a closer shave, but it increases your chance for skin irritation and inflammation of the hair follicles – and that will cause those unsightly bumps!
  • Don’t pull the skin taught- this too will increase the chance of irritation and even accidentally cutting your skin.
  • Use light and short strokes, avoiding shaving too quickly or going over a single area too many times.
  • Rinse your razor after each stroke to remove the clogged buildup of hair, soap, or shaving product.

After you shave

  • Rinse your skin with cool water or apply a cold washcloth to reduce the chance of irritation.
  • Apply a moisturizer such as our Skin Wise Organics Calming Body Lotion (formulated with aloe and vitamin E) to provide protection for your skin barrier.
  • Store your razor in a dry area, and change out for a new razor on a frequent basis.
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing that will rub on newly shaved skin.

Still having trouble?

  • Consider switching to an electric razor for a more controlled shave.
  • Reduce your frequency of shaves.
  • Maybe shaving just isn’t a good fit – consider laser hair reduction and get rid of the problematic hair altogether!

If you are still having issues with skin irritation after shaving, we’re here to help! We would love to visit with you to discuss your skin care routine and possible treatment options either in person or virtually.

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