Shaving with sensitive skin can be frustrating. Shavers with sensitive skin have to follow different shaving procedures and also use different shaving products all designed for “sensitive skin”.
But, no matter what you do to try to prevent razor burn, razor bumps and breakouts, they don’t go away.
Do You Really Have Sensitive Skin?
Approximately 45 percent of men have sensitive skin. If you think this number seems high, you are correct. Men who constantly suffer with razor burn, red bumps, ingrown hairs, and cuts believe these issues are due to skin sensitivity. However, dermatologists say otherwise…
Most of these common skin ailments and issues aren’t due to sensitive skin; rather, they are related to shaving technique.
Here are some of the most common skin-related issues that men suffer with, and how to determine if they are due to sensitive skin or shaving.
– Red Bumps: If you are suffering from razor bumps, this is likely due to your shaving technique or skin care routine. An extremely high occurrence of razor bumps and other types of skin reactions are indicative of sensitive skin.
– Dry Skin: Telltale signs of dry skin include redness, excessive flaking, extreme itchiness or a dry rash. Severe dry skin can be quite painful. This is because normal, healthy, and hydrated skin protects nerve endings. Dry skin “exposes” these raw nerve endings, which is why it is often painful.
– Eczema/Rosacea: These common skin conditions are extreme cases of dry skin. Shaving can be quite painful with eczema or rosacea. Therefore, clinically-formulated shaving and skin care products may be necessary.
– Severe Ingrown Hair: Everyone struggles with this problem from time to time. However, severe ingrown hair can reach a cystic state. Men with curly hair will experience more ingrown hairs than men with straight hair. However, in reality, ingrown hair can be caused by a myriad of factors.
If you suffer with cystic acne or ingrown hair, then it is probably time to pay a visit to a dermatologist for a clinical treatment or solution. A dermatologist can help treat these issues, and other clinical sensitive skin issues by prescribing a proper skin care regimen to help treat skin, and also make shaving less arduous.
How to Change Your Shaving Technique
On the other hand, if you experience blemishes, breakouts, and razor burn, but do not have sensitive skin, here are some ways you can adjust your shaving technique to avoid breakouts:
– Get Technical: As we briefly mentioned above, most shavers experience blemishes due to poor shaving technique. For example, shaving against the grain and applying excessive pressure on the razor create friction, which inevitably causes blemishes.
By simply shaving with the grain, and alleviating some of the pressure on the razor, you just might notice a huge difference in the outcome of your shave.
– Exfoliate: Taking the time each day or a few times per week to thoroughly exfoliate your skin can do wonders for eliminating breakouts and blemishes. Make it a habit to thoroughly exfoliate your skin at least once per week.
– Care for Your Skin: Some other examples of proper skin care activities include using non-alcoholic aftershave, shaving with warm water, and rinsing thoroughly after the shave. These simple procedures fully nourish your facial skin, prevent dryness, and also decrease blemishes and breakouts.
Sensitive Skin is Problematic, But Shaving Doesn’t Have to Be…
In summary, if you believe you truly suffer from sensitive skin or a chronic skin condition, then make an appointment with a dermatologist. If you are unsure, a dermatologist will also help you rule out whether your persistent blemishes and breakouts are due to a skin issue, or shaving technique.
Once you eliminate the conditions listed above, it’s not time to take a good, hard look at your shaving techniques and procedures. We discuss many of them here on the wet shaving blog.
Sensitive facial skin should not prevent you from getting a great shave. Having the right information about shaving is critical to reducing skin problems.