Shaving and Acne


Wait to take a blade to your face for the very first time until you understand how to shave and what to shave with. You must be using the appropriate products to discourage shaving bumps

Shave stubble slowly! Shaving with slow short strokes that overlap, eliminates the need to shave over an area more than once.

Don’t shave upward, against the grain, or over the same area multiple times to try and get a closer shave.

Don’t stretch your skin and shave upward, against the grain, or go back and forth over the same spots trying to get a closer shave. The built-in trade-off is shaving less close and more often. The reward is smooth skin and fewer bumps.

Let the razor do the work. Heavier single blade razors like Merkur Heavy Duty Classic take the pressure off your hands and lets the weight of the razor do the work. You will get less skin scrapping and a more efficient shave.

Never use multiple blade razors. “Close shaving” razors that cut the hair beneath the surface of your skin will cause ingrown hairs and inflammation.

It is best to use a sanitized non-rotary electric shaver, T-edger, clippers or a single edge, disposable razor such as the BIC Disposables for Sensitive Skin).

If using a single edge disposable razor use either Face Reality Ultra Gentle Cleanser, Bion Antibacterial Cleanser or Bion Bacteriostat Cleanser. Apply cleanser to damp skin and work into a thick lather. Use disposable razors only once. Throw them away after each use.

Don’t attempt to use those double, triple, four or five-blade “closer-shaving” razors if you’re bump-prone. The first blade stretches the skin, while the other blades shave too close, cutting the hair off below the skin line. When the skin “bounces back”, those hairs are set up to be trapped repeatedly under the skin every time you shave that way.

Use a post-shave acne safe moisturizer to promote hydration and reduce irritation. Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion and Clearderma are perfect for post-shave!

Stay away from traditional shaving products. They are not acne safe.

Avoid over-scrubbing your skin or rubbing your face with a towel. Instead, blot your face dry with a soft hand towel or a Viva paper towel.

Keep your blades sharp! Dull blades will only irritate and nick your skin. Change your razor blades regularly. Replace your clipper or t-edger blades every 3-4 months.

Don’t use disposable blades more than twice. Soak them in alcohol for 2-3 minutes before a shave.

Don’t use single disposable razors more than once. Throw them away after each use.

Remember to spray clipper disinfectant on razors, clipper and/or liner blades, guards and attachments before and after shaving to kill bacteria and prolong the life of the blades. Don’t forget to take it with you to the barbershop. Do watch for barbershop sanitation (or lack of it).

Never share your shaving implements with anyone!

Don’t tweeze or wax your ingrowns and don’t let anyone else do it for you. Tweezing and waxing are not permanent hair removal. When these hairs start to regrow (in two to three weeks), they get trapped in the curved hair follicle below the skin line. Those areas quickly become “hot spots” of chronic ingrowns, thickened skin and scarring, so resist the urge to get in that mirror to tweeze or pick.

Authorized release: Do unhook visible surface ingrowns with a sterile needle and snip the hair off with a clean cuticle scissor. Do not attempt to “dig out” deep ingrowns!

Don’t use depilatories or shaving powders (which contain lye) if you want to achieve an even skin tone. Dark beard “shadowing” is caused by repeated chemical burns, inflammation and sun exposure.

Purchase home care product refills before you run out, and don’t slack up on your routine.

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