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Shaving 101 : Avoiding razor burn, bumps & ingrown hairs

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Razor burn, bumps & ingrown hairs

Shaving 101 : Avoiding razor burn, bumps & ingrown hairs

Seasonal changes can take a toll on sensitive skin — and aggravate shaving issues, like razor burn, razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

The most common skin irritations can come from shaving too closely using too much pressure on the face. That’s the case with ingrown hairs and razor bumps, where the hair grows into (not out of) the skin. Redness and razor burn are brought on by friction from shaving too long or too hard.

Here’s what you can do to change your routine and beat the heat.

1. Go for a clean shave, not a close shave

Aim to achieve a clean-shaven look, without spending too much time shaving or taking the hairs so short that they grow back into or under the skin. That’s when you get razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Think about shaving every other day, if your grooming needs allow.

2. Shave when and where it’s cooler

Shaving is a hot bathroom or during the heat of the day can make razor burn worse. Try shaving in the evening to give irritable skin a chance to recover overnight.

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3. Use a soft face brush

To clean and exfoliate, try using a soft-bristled face brush to eliminate dead skin cells and clear follicles to allow hairs to surface unimpeded. It also prepares the skin for shaving and raises stubble to help prevent razor bumps. If you have ingrown hairs, it helps dislodge them.

4. Apply moisturizer with SPF protection

Sunburn is the last thing you need when you’re dealing with razor burn, razor bumps or ingrown hairs. Moisturizer helps keep your skin in its best condition. Use one with SPF for added protection against the sun.

5. Dry shave with a rotary shaver

Believe it or not, a dry shave is the kindest shaving method for sensitive skin. Foams & gels contain chemicals that can cause irritation. If you’re switching from a razor to a rotary shaver, use a wet/dry shaver and start by wet shaving without foam, before making the switch to fully dry.

How to use a rotary shaver
to prevent razor burn, bumps & ingrown hairs  


  • Be gentle. Don’t press hard on your skin.
  • Use small, fast circular motions even around the jawline and mouth.
  • Spend no longer than 3 minutes on each shave.
  • Shave every other day, if possible.

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