Shaving can be rough on your skin particularly in the winter months. Shaving bumps can best be avoided with the following technique:
- Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it.
- Next, apply a shaving cream or if you have dry skin, hair conditioner works best.
- Shave in the direction that the hair grows. Never shave against the grain!
- Change blades or throw away disposable razors after 5 to 7 shaves to help minimize irritation. Do not leave razors in the shower. Mold and bacteria grow on the blades in moist environments.
- Men/Women 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.
- Always apply a moisturizer after shaving.
If you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin or irritating shaving bumps, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Lily.