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Shaving Tips: How to Reduce Inflammation from Shaving

razor bumpsAs a male somewhere between your teenage and senior years, it’s likely that you shave every day. Believe it or not, men spend an average of 5 months of their lives shaving. 

90% of men shave at least once per day. If you a big shot or a President of America, you are expected to shave even twice a day!

The question is how much attention do you give to doing it the right way and selecting the perfect shaving products for your skin?

Even though The International Dermal Institute states that 79 percent of men live with one or more skin problems, very few of them give shaving product selection the consideration it deserves.

However, the right products and the correct techniques are imperative to prevent the top four shaving concerns which include: 

#1. Ingrown Hairs from Shaving

This problem is most common in African Americans and men with curly, coarse beards.

Hair follicles in African American men are oriented slightly horizontally so when the hair grows with a natural curl, it’s more likely to grow into the skin and form an ingrown hair.

This is seen by the body as an intruder and thus causes inflammation, itchiness and redness to occur.

#2. Razor Bumps

 This is also more common in people of color. Razor bumps occur when a hair grows out of the follicle at an odd angle and ends up entering an adjacent follicle.

The skin responds to this by producing a keloid tissue mass over the hair, resulting in recognizable razor bumps.

#3. Razor Burn

Inflammation from shaving often results in razor burn, which is characterized by burning, itching, redness and stinging.

Razor burn can be caused by shaving too quickly, not using enough shaving cream, shaving against the grain, applying too much pressure against the skin, or shaving with a dull blade.

Shaving Tips on How to Reduce Inflammation

If you have ever been affected by the top concerns of shaving for men, you may be tempted to grow out your beard and never shave again.

However, with the proper shaving techniques, you can achieve soft, smooth skin free of ingrown hairs, razor bumps and razor burn. Simply follow these simple and very effective shaving tips:

  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Leave the skin damp rather than drying it completely.
  2. If you are prone to razor bumps, exfoliate your skin prior to shaving. You might physically exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and prepare it for shaving. Another options is to chemically exfoliate (with products such as lactic acid, retinol or salicylic acid) to lift out ingrown hairs and soften the skin. Salicylic acid in particular is an effective anti-inflammatory to calm the skin. It may be most effective to exfoliate the night before if you have particularly sensitive skin.
  3. Spread shaving cream or gel over the area you want to shave. Let the hairs “soak” for up to 15 minutes so they soften in preparation for shaving.
  4. Select a sharp razor. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, choose a single-edge razor since double and triple razors can worsen the problem.
  5. Gently run the blade in the direction your hair grows. Rinse the razor thoroughly after each stroke.
  6. Run the blade over your skin only once in each area to help prevent irritation, inflammation and ingrown hairs.
  7. Take your time. Rushing can cause razor burn.
  8. Rinse off the razor one final time and set it aside.
  9. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a clean towel.
  10. Apply a gentle, cooling moisturizer to soothe the skin after shaving. Choose a lightweight formula proven to not clog pours or irritate your skin.

Men must understand that there’s more to shaving than just shaving.

With these shaving tips, your skin will be smoother and softer than before without inflammation or other problems common with shaving. Modify your shaving routine and enjoy the results that follow.

What are your favorite shaving tips that you would like to share with our readers?

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5 Responses to “Shaving Tips: How to Reduce Inflammation from Shaving”

  1. cj Says:

    I like the take your time thing. Why rush a nice shave? My secret is shaving on Sundays and Wednesdays only. People can shove it if they can’t take a little scruff. Have a smooth one!!!
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  2. Elena Says:

    Hi CJ, it’s beeter shaving twice a week and do a good job, then shaving every day and have inflammation from shaving. Thanks for stopping by! It’s always nice to hear from you!

  3. Steve Says:

    These are great tips. Ingrown hairs can be a pain so any words of wisdom on how to make sure you don’t get those are much appreciated.

    Personally, I hate shaving. I let my beard grow out and trim it with a beard trimmer every couple of weeks. I think shaving every day wastes time – and your statistic supports that. Five months of our lives shaving? Way too much.
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  4. Evan West Says:

    I love this post. Shaving used to make me miserable, I couldn’t seem to avoid the razor burn and I avoided shaving to avoid the nasty bumps. Now that I use some of the tips in this article (letting my face ‘soak, using moisturizer after) it’s much easier.

    Two more tips that make my shave better are

    1) I shave in the shower using a small mirror. I find my facial hair much softer after a warm shower and now I just end my morning shower with a shave.

    2) I use a brush to apply my shaving cream, not only does using a brush and mug make it more enjoyable it also seems to soften my facial hair further.

    I hope these two additional tips will help some guy out there.

  5. Elena Says:

    Great tips Evan on shaving! Thank you so much for your feedback! Have a great day!

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