For the guys that shave their faces on a regular basis, do you get these familiar shaving troubles? No matter if it’s daily for the corporate climber or two to three times a week for the fashionably bewhiskered, a man is going to come across some unique challenges when scraping a razor blade over their tender skin. Here is a roundup of 8 familiar problems and how you can handle them when it happens to you
For some guys, it’s a daily battle when they rough up their face while shaving. If you’re not doing it right, you’re going to cause unsightly nicks and cuts. Worst of all, they can become infected and create scabs that make subsequent shaves even more difficult.
Solution: No matter it be a straight, electric, or safety razor, always replace or sharpen your blades when they start becoming dull. Dull blades will pull and drag your skin as you’re shaving down. This will rough up your skin and cause lots of damage that can be avoided.
Remember to use gentle, firm pressure because pushing too hard results in further cuts. If that is still not good enough, then be sure to use a shaving gel or cream to provide extra lubrication between the blade and your face.
TROUBLE: THOSE IRRITATING RAZOR BURNS
Razor burns are the red splotches on your neck and face that looks you rubbed poison ivy all over it. It happens when you use a blade that isn’t sharp enough or you didn’t use a shaving gel or cream when needed. It can also occur when you run the blade over the skin too quickly.
Solution: Like avoiding nick and cuts, the solutions are straightforward. Always use a sharp blade and shaving gel or cream. Take time to glide the blade gently over your face and finish your shave with a moisturizer.
TROUBLE: COAXING OUT INGROWN HAIRS
Hairs can grow into the skin follicles if the end of it is broken, usually due to poor shaving habits. The hair continues to grow sideways beneath your skin, causing a bump.
Solution: The first thing to remember is don’t try to pull it out with a tweezer. Instead, let it grow out naturally. Use a hot washcloth against the area to speed this up. To prevent the problem, shave your beard directly in the direction that your hair naturally grows. For those who get acne from ingrown hairs, try using a topical product or face wash with salicylic acid.
An extra step to take: Shower before you shave in order to open your pores. Once or twice a week use an exfoliant like a facial scrub to keep your pores open and get rid of dead skin cells.
Dirty towels and razor blades can put staph bacteria into your skin pores. They cause infection, which results in pimples, rashes and even abscesses. Not only does it look awful, it is bad for your health.
Solution: This is the easiest problem to fix. Use clean towels. Care for your razor and blades by rinsing them completely with hot water after each use. An aftershave is an excellent way to fight infections because it helps to close your pores, preventing the bacteria from entering the skin. Check out our Double KO for a good solution to this!
TROUBLE: WILL IT NEVER GO AWAY – ADULT ACNE
Shaving when you have acne is like running your razor over an obstacle course. Every time the blade strikes a pimple, you have a more painful and obvious problem.
Solution: The best approach is to go to a dermatologist and see what they say. Acne stems from a variety of different causes so it is important to seek a professional and get their analysis. Then, follow the regime the doctor puts you on, which usually involves dietary changes, supplements, a careful program of cleansing and moisturizing, and sometimes prescription medication and cleansers. Over the counter acne products should include either salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, alpha hydroxy acids, and/or sulfur.
TROUBLE: THE PATCHY LOOK – MISSING HAIRS WHEN YOU SHAVE
This is a tough one for men’s grooming. You can’t see under your jaw by your ear. You probably have a tough time getting the razor completely around the areas of your nose and mouth. The result is smooth skin surrounding islands of hairs.
Solution: Use a special trimming blade to reach difficult to see areas and around the nose and mouth. Take plenty of time while you shave. Go slow and use your fingers to check that you’ve got all the stray hairs.
TROUBLE: THE FRUSTRATION OF RAZOR BUMPS
Known scientifically as pseudofolliculitis or better known as a barber’s rash (folliculitis). It is very similar to ingrown hairs, but this condition is most common with men with curly hair and of African-Caribbean descent. Those with extra coarse beards can also be affected. They are created when the hair curls back and grows back into the skin, which signals the body’s immune system to activate thinking it is an intruder. The follicle will then get inflamed and with bright red spots.
Solution: The best way to avoid the problem is by using facial products that have no alcohol, which tends to dry and irritate your skin. Exfoliate regularly and wash with products containing salicylic acid. Also, to shave in the direction that your hair grows in.
Dry skin is common. But combined with daily shaving, it can lead to flaky skin, red patches and high risk of ingrown hairs trapped by the flakes. It usually appears in winter when humidity is low.
Solution: For those who smoke, studies have shown that smoking permanently ages a man’s skin and is a huge cause of dry skin. It will be even more obvious when combined with shaving and exposing your skin to smoke.
This is also very common during winter months, so be sure to protect your face with humectants like a moisturizer. Use mild soaps on your face. Stay hydrated and make sure you are getting enough healthy fats in your diet