8 Steps For Shaving Without Irritation And Acne
Shaving is the most dreaded activity if you suffer from pimples and acne on your face.
The main issue is that first shaving irritates the skin and secondly it can cause further outbreaks of pimples.
So, while your pimples are in the process of healing and if you shave over those pimples, it makes them worse.
In this case, you have a choice to let the beard grow, but sometimes it is not the ideal solution due to various conditions. Alternatively, you can learn ways to shave carefully without causing too much damage to your skin.
Before going into the steps of shaving without irritation and getting acne, let me tell you that it is very important to have some good quality razor blades because using low quality or blunt blades will only lead to bigger problems.
It is true that razor blades can be costly but in order to look after your skin without having to worry about breakouts, it is worth investing in good quality razor blades.
During this process, there are three main objectives you need to keep in mind:
1. Shave carefully so that you don’t irritate your skin.
2. Avoid breaking your pimples and prevent bleeding.
3. After shaving, continue a treatment to prevent new outbreaks of acne, pimples and blackheads.
Equipment Needed to Shave if You Have Pimples
- Electric shaver.
- Manual Razor.
- Small hand towel.
- Shaving Oil.
- Shaving cream for sensitive skin.
- Skin Toner.
1. Use the Electric Shaver Properly
An electric shaver is only needed if you are a person who does not shave for two to three days. The idea behind this is to reduce the length of hair before shaving because applying a sharp razor on three days growth will cause more irritation and lead to bigger problems.
While shaving with the electric shaver, focus more on the areas where you have pimples and try to shave the hair completely from that area. You should also avoid shaving too long in one place as the heat of the machine can cause irritation.
Best choice for shaving in cases of sensitive skin and acne is Foil Electric Shavers.
2. Apply a Hot Towel
Now completely soak the hand towel into hot water but not so hot that it may burn you. Squeeze the water out of the towel leaving it damp and apply the towel on your face.
If your skin is sensitive in the areas where you have pimples, either avoid using hot towel or apply it very gently. The heat will open the pores and make the shaving easier. Repeat this process three to four times.
3. Natural Oil is Good for Pimples
A natural oil is that secret product which many people don´t know about but it is especially good if you have a sensitive skin that is prone to pimples.
It is often said that the shaving cream is designed to prevent irritation and this could be true up to a certain extent only. The main purpose of a shave cream is to moisten the skin and facilitate the shaving experience but in order to avoid irritation caused by the razor blades, it is advisable to use an oil.
Most natural or carrier oils are not expensive and a bottle can last you for a very long time. After all, it is a small price to pay to have fewer pimples and painless shaving. Good natural oils for acne are castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil and others.
4. Shaving Cream can Help Sensitive Skin
I would recommend using a cream for sensitive skin and preferably it should contain aloe vera as an ingredient.
Avoid applying the cream to the area where you have blackheads or a pimple, otherwise, you may accidently shave over that pimple.
If you still see small hair where the pimples are, you can also do what I do and that is to cut the hair with a small fine pair of scissors or gently with an electric razor.
5. Shave to Avoid Irritation
While you are shaving, try to keep the razor clean from cut hair and cream by washing it in the sink using hot water.
Shaving should be done in an up and down movement. Also, avoid passing the razor against the growth of your hair.
6. Clean your Face
Wiping your face with clean warm water can remove any traces of shaving cream. Examine your face to make sure there are no places unshaved and if you still see some parts of your face with some hair, just apply a little cream and pass the razor again.
7. Use a Scrub
Mix a quality gentle scrub with a little warm water and apply to your wet face. It is best to massage using circular movements and a little pressure, just enough to exfoliate gently. At this stage, the idea is to avoid aggressive exfoliating.
Be very careful when applying the scrub to keep it away from the eyes. I had a nasty experience once when a small bit went into my eye and had to be taken out by a specialist using tweezers.
Afterwards, I got to know that many of those scrubs contain tiny plastic beads, so always look for a good quality natural and organic scrub which will not be harmful for your skin.
Clean your skin with warm water and remove all the scrub from your skin. Dry your face gently with a clean towel and avoid rubbing the towel all over your face as this can spread the acne bacteria to the parts which are uninfected.
8. You can Use a Gentle Toner that is Free of Alcohol
I personally like the natural Foxbrim Orange Blossom Water Toner which is good for acne and breakouts and is free of alcohol. It is also very popular among users.
The toner will remove all the remaining dirt and oiliness from the face and it will also help heal existing acne breakouts as well as other blemishes such as blackheads and prevent new ones from forming.
In conclusion, by following the above shaving steps, you will prevent skin irritation and getting acne breakouts such as pimples.