Pimples are never a pleasant experience. But if you have sensitive skin, the effects of shaving can be even worse. Razor bumps and pimples can not only leave you looking terrible, but they can also lead to more serious issues like cysts and scars. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be your fate. Here are some tips for preventing these problems when you shave.
Map the direction of whisker growth
The first and most important step is to take a close look at your whiskers and note the direction of growth in each area of your face and neck. This is essential for knowing which direction to shave during each pass with your razor. Pay close attention to the areas where whiskers change direction, as these areas can be particularly problematic. For example, I have to be careful with the areas of my neck on each side of my Adam's apple. My whiskers in this area make a 90 degree turn from a downward direction and backward toward my ears.
Choose the right shaving cream
Using the right shaving cream is essential for preventing razor bumps. Shaving creams are designed to protect your skin from irritation. There are many shaving creams on the market, but the best are those that contain natural ingredients.
For example, natural oils like castor oil or jojoba oil are great for sensitive skin. They are both great at fighting against razor bumps, acne, and dryness. Plus, they are designed to reduce razor burn.
It’s also important to use a shaving brush to apply the shaving cream. This will help to remove dead skin cells and soften your facial hair. This will result in a smoother shave and prevent your blade from cutting into the skin.
The best time to apply shaving cream is in the shower. Use hot water when you wash your face so it can soften your facial hair. Then take your time in applying the shaving cream so it has extra time to penetrate your skin. It’s also helpful to apply shaving cream when your skin is wet so it doesn’t dry out quickly after you apply it.
Shave in the direction of hair growth
One of the most common causes of pimples is shaving. This can be due to a number of factors, such as the use of a dull blade, shaving after a hot shower, or shaving against the grain.
To avoid this, it’s important to shave in the direction of hair growth. This will help to avoid unnecessary irritation. You should also make sure to use a sharp blade and avoid shaving after a hot shower.
If you find that you’re still experiencing razor bumps and pimples, try using a pre-shave oil to remove any dead skin so hair will glide more easily from skin. This will also help you avoid ingrown hairs.
The key is to prevent pimples from happening in the first place. Be sure to shave in the direction of hair growth, use a sharp blade, and apply a pre-shave oil before shaving.
Rinse with cool water
One of the easiest ways to avoid razor bumps and pimples is to rinse with cool water when you’re done shaving. This will not only wash away any remaining hairs, but it will also close your pores.
Some people prefer to use an astringent after they shave. However, this can irritate sensitive skin and cause it to react in ways you don’t want. It’s best to avoid this.
Whatever you do, don’t use hot water! Hot water will close your pores and will actually make your pores more susceptible to razor bumps and pimples.
If you want to reduce the appearance of your razor bumps and pimples, try using aloe vera gel. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will help reduce redness and irritation.
Additionally, aloe vera gel is perfect for soothing dry skin. So, not only will it help with your razor bumps and pimples, but it will also help with any skin irritation caused by shaving.
Use a high quality aftershave
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to use a high quality aftershave. Aftershave will not only eliminate bacteria, but it also helps to soothe your skin.
You should also make sure to use lotion right after you shave. This will help to moisturize your skin and protect it against the dryness caused by shaving. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid using any products with alcohol in them. Alcohol is known to be very drying and can cause you to break out in pimples.
You should also take care of your equipment. Make sure you clean the blades after you shave, especially if you have sensitive skin. You can use a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to disinfect the blades. And if you’re using an old razor, it’s time for an upgrade. Old razors can be difficult on your skin and cause nicks which can lead to more pimples.
You should also make sure that your hands are clean when you shave. This will help prevent any bacteria from getting on your face when you shave and leave it open for breakouts.