Shaving is a tricky art. Shaving with acne is even trickier. Even though you employ the same techniques as when you shave without acne, you do have to provide extra caution when acne is involved.
What is acne?
Acne is basically inflammation due to excess oils produced by the sebaceous glands, which clog the pores of the skin. These bumps are very sensitive and can be aggravated by friction – exactly the reason why shaving with acne should be done really carefully.
Successfully shaving with acne starts with choosing the right equipment and ends with after-shave care. This article will take you through the simple but delicate process.
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Shaving with Acne – The Equipment
Using a razor means the blade comes into closer contact with your skin, thereby increasing the friction and ultimately irritating your already sensitive skin.
We certainly do not want that. Using an electric shaver, on the other hand, means that there is a protective guard around the blade so there will be less friction, less irritation, and fewer chances of you cutting through your acne.
So, choose the electric shaver that is best designed to help with this problem and you are on your way to a clean-shaven face, albeit with acne. (Electric Shaver Bonus: Your shaving time is exponentially reduced)
Make sure you wash your face with warm water before shaving as this helps to open up your pores and soften the skin and hairs. Then apply a pre-shave cleanser, gel or cream that is specific to acne-prone skin.
When you start to shave, go with the grain of your hair, i.e. shave in the direction of the hair growth. This might result in a slightly less clean and less closer shave, but it will ensure that there is less contact with the inflamed skin, A.K.A. your acne.
Also, make sure to gently slide the shaver over the skin to minimize irritation. Less pressure exerted on the shaver means less friction against the skin. And less friction means less inflammation.
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After that final stroke of the shaver, it is very important to apply skin toner (do wash your face first, though). A toner is a post-cleansing product that is designed to rid your face of all traces of the cleanser and dead skin cells that may have remained after washing your face.
You may choose to use a toner that uses witch hazel as an ingredient – this reduces inflammation and decreases oil production without damaging your uninfected skin too much.
Or you may choose to use an antibacterial gel that will kill off the bacteria that causes the outbreak of acne. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, really – either one will work fine.
Remember that the after-shave routine is essential to preventing more acne from popping up, and you are good to go.
Bonus tip: shave regularly. Avoiding long or full beards means exerting less pressure when shaving. Again, less pressure = less friction = less irritation = less acne.
Shaving with acne is never easy. But if you remember these tips, you will definitely not end up with a face full of tissue-covered nicks.