You can prevent razor strokes by making changes to your shaving routine, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, which offered some practical advice.
“If you’ve ever shaved, you probably know what razor bumps feel like,” says New York-based dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar.
“These painful or itchy bumps are caused when shaving irritates the skin. The good news is that changing your habits when you shave can help prevent razor bumps from occurring or lead to less painful bumps,” says Rokhsar said in an academy press release.
On the one hand, you can retrain your hair to grow in a different direction, which would avoid irritation caused by “against the flow” shaving. To do this, firmly pull the skin where your hair grows while looking at yourself in a mirror. Your hair can grow in different directions. Train him to grow one way by gently brushing him with a toothbrush every day.
Here are some other things you can do:
- Shave when your hair is soft, at the end of your shower or after holding a warm, damp washcloth to your skin. This loosens the hairs and causes them to puff up. Then they are less likely to curl into your skin.
- Use a cleanser that won’t clog pores before you shave, then use a moisturizing shaving cream. Apply a soothing aftershave and you’ll reduce the risk of bumps.
- It may also help to rinse off the shaving cream with warm water and place a cool, damp washcloth over your freshly shaved skin.
- Clean your electric razor after five to seven shaves. Replace your disposable razor after the same number of shaves and store it in a dry place.
- Shaving every day, or at least every two or three days, can help because the hair has less time to grow and curl.
- You can also simply stop shaving and grow your facial hair.
You can watch the video below for a demonstration of these shaving tricks:
The United States Department of Agriculture offers this fact sheet on body care products.
SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, press release, October 4, 2022