How To Prevent Pimples After Shaving: 3 Simple Steps

Close up of whiskers before shaving

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. These oils also have skin-nourishing properties that help 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, resulting in a smoother shave and preventing your blade from cutting into the skin.  

Otherwise you can wash your face with hot water, or simply apply a warm washcloth to soften your facial hair. Then take your time in applying the shaving cream to ensure that it is worked into your beard thoroughly and forms a protective barrier on 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

It’s important to shave in the direction of hair growth. This will help to avoid unnecessary irritation. I have to use very short strokes and redirect the razor constantly to ensure that I do not shave against the grain and cut myself as a result.  I also recommend using a shave gel when you are new to this technique.  A gel will allow you to see the whiskers during your shave, whereas a shaving cream will obstruct your view and make it much more difficult to maintain proper direction of the blade.

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 soothe your skin. 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 because it can further irritate razor burned skin.  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

Follow up with a high quality aftershave. Aftershave will not only eliminate bacteria, but it also helps to soothe your skin.  Alcohol-based aftershave splash is great for sanitizing the skin and provide a refreshing wake-up in warm weather.  Balms are intended for a more soothing effect. They will help to moisturize your skin and protect it against the dryness caused by shaving or harsh winter weather. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to read the ingredients label before applying any product. Alcohol can be drying if the aftershave does not contain ingredients to counteract this effect.  This is why we include glycerin, sunflower oil, and Provitamin B5 in our aftershave splashes.  Of course any splash can be followed by application of a balm for the best of both worlds!

Take proper care of your shaving equipment

Make sure you clean your razor after you shave, especially if you have sensitive skin. You can use a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to disinfect the blade(s). 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.

Conclusion - Prevent pimples after shaving

  • Note the direction of whisker growth in each area of your face and neck
  • Use the right shaving cream/soap
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth
  • Rinse with cool water
  • Follow up with a high quality aftershave
  • Clean your shaving gear regularly

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