One thing unites guys all around the world, spanning seven continents: shaving mistakes! Although it is one of those skills that men are expected to know in life, such as how to tie their shoelaces, it appears that it is not!
Depending on your schedule, you drag a sharp blade across your face every other day, diving into small cracks, scratches, or burns. It’s no surprise that shaving can cause a slew of issues. Teeanime, on the other hand, comes to your aid with a list of common shaving mistakes and, more importantly, how to avoid them.
1. Razor Burn
There is nothing more annoying than getting a close shave and then getting razor burn. These are the red, irritated patches of skin that show up right away after shaving. Most of the time, it’s caused by using a dull blade, shaving when the skin is dry, or shaving too quickly. It’s easy to treat. Before you use a razor on your face, you just need to warm up your skin. Apply shaving oil to get ready, then use a gel-based shaving cream and a soothing moisturizer to finish. Use a new razor with sharp blades as well.
2. Nicks and Cuts
You don’t want to look like a battle-scarred warrior at the start of the day. Cuts and nicks can happen if your blade is too dull or if it is brand new and you put too much pressure on it while shaving. Even though you can use a styptic pencil to treat it, wouldn’t you rather not? So, use a razor that is sharp, move it gently across your face without putting too much pressure on it, and go over your face as few times as possible. Also, you should change the razor cartridge once a week.
3. Ingrown Hairs
This is one of the most painful problems. It happens when the broken end of a hair grows into the follicles and under the skin because of bad shaving. And even though your first thought might be to get some tweezers, don’t! When shaving, don’t pull the skin, use as few strokes as possible, and only shave in the direction that the hair grows. A shower before shaving also helps because it opens the pores. Use a natural exfoliant and move it around in circles. That will make the hairs on your face stand up, and it will also help the shaving cream work better.
4. Razor Bumps
You might think that razor bumps are just a surface reaction to a razor, but they go deeper than that. When coarse or curly hair starts to grow back after a close shave, it can cause inflammation in the hair follicle. If the area gets infected, pustules that look like acne can form in the worst cases. Stick to products without alcohol, since alcohol can dry out and irritate the skin. It’s also a good idea to exfoliate before shaving and use salicylic acid solutions after shaving.
5. Barber’s Rash
This is the worst of all the redness and rashes you get from shaving, tweezing, and plucking. Pimples and abscesses that are full of pus are caused by dirty towels and razors. They can be caused by ingrown hairs, but most of the time they are caused by staph bacteria that get into the skin through cuts or scrapes on the face. Before you use your razor, you should always wash it well with hot water. Also, use an aftershave lotion to close your pores so that nothing gets into your bloodstream. If you can’t solve the problem yourself, going to the doctor is always a good idea.
These are the top 5 shaving mistakes that could be harming your skin.
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