Are You Shaving Too Close? (2022)

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Are You Shaving Too Close? (1)

Folliculitis is a common skin disorder where the hair follicles become inflamed and sometimes infected. Dermatological conditions that also fall in the folliculitis category include hot tub rash, barber’s itch and razor burn. With over 5 million hairs on the average human body, folliculitis can occur anywhere. It affects all ages and results in very itchy and sore patches that can be embarrassing when they appear on the face, scalp, neck, arms and legs. (1, 2)

While some cases of folliculitis are sterile (meaning non-infectious) in nature, many cases are caused by bacterial or fungal infections. When hair follicles become infected, they may first appear like white-head pimples or red bumps. These bumps eventually will weep and turn into non-healing crusty sores.

Eruptions that come on quickly are often due to Staphylococcus aurea bacteria, while chronic or recurring folliculitis may be due to co-occurring medical conditions that make you more susceptible to infection. The infection can spread, leading to a more widespread problem, so proper treatment is necessary.(3)

While folliculitis is not considered a serious health condition, without effective management and treatment it can lead to skin damage including dark spots and scarring. Like pruritus, a common skin condition, it can be challenging to find the right treatment, but there are a wide range of conventional and natural remedies that may provide relief and prevent further discomfort and damage.

What Is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is an extremely itchy rash that affects the hair follicles causing a pimple-like rash leaving skin painful and tender. The first signs may be clusters of small red bumps or white-head pimples filled with pus. If the infection progresses, the pus-filled bumps will break open and crust over.

This common skin condition can be caused by certain bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, yeast, ingrown hairs and certain medications. It can also be caused when moisture is trapped against the skin due to tight clothing, tight hair braids or by wearing rubber gloves or boots for extended periods. (4)

Folliculitis is not life-threatening, however when it occurs in visible areas this benign skin disorder can be embarrassing and lead to scarring and skin damage.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of folliculitis are the appearance of clusters of red bumps or white pus-filled bumps that resemble pimples. Intense itching and soreness is common.

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There are two groups of folliculitis — superficial folliculitis and deep folliculitis, each including several types with different root causes. The superficial group affects just a small part of the follicle while the deep folliculitis group is more severe, affecting the entire follicle. (5)

Superficial Folliculitis:

  • Bacterial Folliculitis. Very common. It’s marked by itchy, white pus-filled bumps often caused by the S. aureus bacteria. The staph bacteria live on the skin all of the time, but generally only cause a problem when entering the body through a cut, scrape or a wound.
  • Hot Tub Folliculitis. Generally, this type appears as a rash of round red bumps that are extremely itchy. They typically occur 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the Pseudomonas bacteria, which is often found in hot tubs and heated pools that are not properly chlorinated and pH balanced.
  • Razor Bumps/Burn or Pseudofolliculitis Barbae. Caused by ingrown hairs most often on the face and lower legs. It is most common in men with curly hair who shave too close to the skin. It can also affect the lower legs and bikini line. This type may leave dark, raised scars.
  • Pityrosporum Folliculitis. Caused by a yeast infection, this type of folliculitis produces chronic, red pus-filled bumps on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arm and sometimes the face.

Deep Folliculitis:

  • Sycosis Barbae. Typically affects younger men and adolescents who have just begun to shave.
  • Gram-negative Folliculitis. Individuals receiving long-term antibiotic therapy for acne are the most common group affected by this type.
  • Boils and Carbuncles. Generally, it appears quite suddenly as clusters of boils or painful pinkish red bumps as a result of a staph bacterial infection deep in the follicle.
  • Eosinophilic Folliculitis. This type is associated with individuals who have HIV/AIDS and is a recurring problem. It causes intense itching and widespread patches of pimples near the face and on the upper body.
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Risk Factors

Recognized risk factors include: (6)

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic leukemia
  • Hepatitis
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Long-term antibiotic therapy for acne
  • Immune-suppressing drugs
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Being a male with curly hair who shaves
  • Soaking in a hot tub or swimming in a heated pool that is not properly chlorinated
  • Wearing clothing that traps heat and sweat against the body

Causes

Recognized causes of folliculitis include: (7)

Bacterial Infection:S. aureus bacteria and Pseudomonas bacteria cause painful, weeping boils. These types of bacteria are common on the skin and thrive in the heated waters of a hot tub or swimming pool that is not properly chlorinated.

Yeast Infection:Pityrosporum ovale and Candida albicans are the two types of yeast most commonly associated with folliculitis. For young adults, P. ovale affects the upper chest and back while C. albicans can affect any skin fold as well as around the beard on males.

Fungi: Ringworm of the scalp can cause folliculitis symptoms and result in scaly hair loss.

Viral Infection:Certain common viruses including the herpes simplex virus and herpes zoster (shingles) virus can cause folliculitis. In infants and young children, the virus molluscum contagiosum can be the root cause of clusters of painful bumps in skin folds.

Parasitic Infection: This type of infection most often affects immunosuppressed adults and healthy seniors. Hair follicle mites can infect the scalp and face. In some cases, scabies can trigger folliculitis resulting in painful, weeping sores that heal slowly.

Ingrown Hairs:Often a result of improper shaving, electrolysis, plucking or waxing. Unless there is a presence of bacteria on the skin, it generally does not become infected.

Contact Reaction:Certain topical preparations including paraffin-based ointments, moisturizers, certain chemicals and the overuse of topical steroids are associated with folliculitis.

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Medications:Certain medications including corticosteroids, androgens, ACTH, lithium, isoniazid, phenytoin, B-complex vitamins, protein kinase inhibitors, and certain medications for metastatic melanoma can cause folliculitis.

Underlying Skin Diseases:Acne, acne-like disorders, lichen planus and discoid lupus erythematosus can cause folliculitis.

Conventional Treatment

While many cases of folliculitis will resolve within a week or two with good hygiene and self-management, if you have a severe case or your folliculitis often reoccurs, a visit to your physician is warranted.

For a diagnosis, a physical examination and medical history is required. To determine the type of infection, the doctor may swab the skin to capture samples of the infecting agent to determine the right course of treatment. In rare cases, a skin biopsy may be required to rule out a more serious underlying medical condition. The treatment will depend on the type of folliculitis you have and the severity. Some of the possible conventional treatments that can be recommended include: (8)

  • Antibiotic creams, gels or lotions
  • Antifungal creams, shampoos or oral medications
  • Corticosteroids, either topical or oral, to reduce inflammation and itching
  • Surgical procedure to drain pus from boil
  • Laser hair removal

According to The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, laser hair removal may work when other treatments fail, particularly on the lower legs. (3)

Natural Home Remedies

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Pack

According to a study by researchers from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, acetic acid, or vinegar, is shown to inhibit the growth of certain strains of bacteria. They studied the responses of many bacteria to vinegar and found that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enterobacter were the most positively affected by vinegar at a concentration of 0.16 percent to 0.3 percent. (9)

Lead researcher Dr. Mark Webb stresses in the study that vinegar has been used as medicine for 6,000 years to treat the plague as well as ear, chest and urinary tract infections. The team at the University of Birmingham was spurred to find a natural, effective and cost-effective treatment to fight bacteria in burn patients with open wounds. He further encourages expanded research but is excited by the promise of their first trial.

Apple cider vinegarcommonly ranges in acidity levels from 2.5 percent to 3.0 percent in strength. When applying to areas affected by folliculitis, it is important to reduce its concentration. For the vinegar pack, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and ½ cup of water together. Dip cotton balls into the mixture. Apply to affected areas for 20 minutes, twice a day. You should start to see results within a few days, but it may take a week or more for some tough cases.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Known for its ability to fight bacteria and fungi, tea tree oil can be easily added to your favorite shampoo and body wash. This is particularly helpful for recurrent folliculitis as it is shown to be effective against bacteria that occur on the skin, including staph and most gram-negative bacteria. Plus it demonstrates great antifungal properties. (10, 11)

Before using, do a small test patch in an inconspicuous area as tea tree oil can cause an adverse reaction for some people. (11) If you don’t react to the test, mix 4 to 5 drops of tea tree oil with your favorite shampoo or body wash for each shower. Massage in well, allow to sit on your skin or hair for five minutes or so, and rinse well.This is a great option for those with recurring outbreaks — keep tea tree oil in your shower.

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3. Turmeric

Known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, there is growing evidence that shows turmeric is effective for treating a variety of dermatologic diseases according to a systematic review published in the journal Phytotherapy Research. Researchers looked at results of 18 studies and found that 10 studies showed significant improvement in skin disease severity with turmeric/curcumin treatment. (12)

When fighting a folliculitis outbreak, take 600 milligrams three times a day of a high-quality turmeric supplement. Make sure you select one that contains black pepper or piperine as it increases turmeric’s absorption.

Topically, a turmeric paste may help fight an infection. But — be warned — the bright yellow tone of the turmeric may stain your skin for a couple of days. Mix a ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder with either coconut oil, or just a bit of water, to form a paste. Spread gently over the affected areas and cover with a bandage overnight. Reapply as necessary until the symptoms abate.

4. Witch Hazel

Used for generations for skin ailments, witch hazel is safe and effective for a myriad of hair and skin conditions, including folliculitis. Witch hazel fights bacteria while soothing irritation, including itching and inflammation, according to a study published in the International Journal of Trichology. (13) Apply witch hazel with a sterile cotton pad on and around the bumps and pimples. For the scalp, mix several drops of witch hazel into your shampoo and your conditioner and then wash, condition and style normally.

5. Grapefruit Seed Oil and Geranium Oil

According to a study published in the journal Burns, grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil, when used together, fight staph and MRSA. The study conducted by researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences at the Manchester Metropolitan University tested a variety of essential oils, including patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender, andgrapefruit seed oil,to determine their antibacterial activity against the three different strains of staph. (14)

In addition to the geranium and grapefruit seed oil combination, researchers found geranium oil and tea tree oil most effective against methicillin-sensitive S. Auerus. For either combination, mix the oils half and half, and apply to the affected areas, covering with gauze overnight. Repeat for several days until the infection is gone.

6. Neem Oil

Because of its powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties,neem oil may rid the skin of bacteria and certain fungal infections, including Candida albicans,while reducing redness and inflammation. It may even help to prevent scars. In a study published in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, researchers praise the antifungal effect of neem at a 20 percent concentration. (15, 16)

To relieve a bacterial or fungal infection on the skin or scalp, mix 3 drops of neem oil to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or almond oil. Apply to affected areas and massage gently into surrounding areas to help kill any surface level infection. Leave on overnight, if possible, or at least six to eight hours. Neem oil can also be applied directly to infected areas, but use it with caution the first time to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction.

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Precautions

Folliculitis is not a fatal disease; however, recurrent infections can spread causing a widespread outbreak. Boils may develop under the skin and permanent skin damage is possible. This can include scarring, dark spots and permanent hair loss.

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Treating underlying conditions and consulting with your physician about any medications that could be the root cause is important. Talk to your doctor first before stopping any prescribed medications.

Final Thoughts

  • Folliculitis is a common skin condition that can be caused by bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic infections, as well as shaving too close, using a hot tub and wearing tight clothing.
  • It often presents as pinkish-red or white pus-filled bumps that itch intensely.
  • Left untreated, folliculitis can cause permanent skin damage including scarring, dark spots and permanent hair loss.
  • Many types can be treated effectively with self-care, but some types may require medical intervention if the root cause is due to medications or other treatments.
  • Treatment needs to be focused on the root cause; bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections are treated differently. Your physician may swab affected areas to determine the best course of treatment.
  • Home remedies may be effective at treating certain types of folliculitis and help to relieve the inflammation, itching, overall discomfort and speed healing.

FAQs

Can you shave too close? ›

Jason Howland: Sometimes you can get too close of a shave. Dawn Davis, M.D.: If you go to trim or shave your hair, particularly if you're a man or particularly if you are skin of color and a male, it's very easy for those hairs if they are trimmed closely to turn in on themselves and then pierce the skin.

How close should your shave be? ›

Use short strokes, under 2 inches; long ones can clog the blade with hair. Don't shave against the grain—shave sideways to get closer, or apply more lather and shave again. Shave from your left ear to your right ear.

What happens when you shave too close? ›

The bumps start small, but eventually can enlarge and create scars on the face and neck. "If they start to see these acnelike bumps or little scar tissuelike bumps, they should make sure that they're washing appropriately. They should be careful with their trimming practices to not shave as close to the skin.

Can shaving too close cause ingrown hairs? ›

According to Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, these types of skin irritations are often the culprit of improper shaving techniques. She says razor burn and ingrown hairs are caused by shaving too close, shaving with a dull razor and not prepping skin beforehand.

Why do I still have stubble after shaving? ›

If you still have stubble on your face after shaving, this might be because your razor isn't sharp, you're not shaving across the grain or against the grain of your hair, or you don't take multiple “passes” with your razor. Regardless of the issue, it all comes down to how close of a shave you can get.

How do actors shave so close? ›

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What is the closest shave possible? ›

Some men find that three passes — once with the grain, once against it, and once from the side — gives them the closest shave. For others with more sensitive skin, that can lead to irritation. Some guys swear by one pass against the grain, while that can lead to razor bumps and redness for others.

How do you get a really smooth shave? ›

Use a scrub to smooth the skin

A physical scrub will lift dead skin cells away from the skin, preventing razor drag and clogged pores. You'll get a smoother, closer shave, plus will enjoy the skin-smoothing effects of exfoliation.

How do you shave the cleanest? ›

Here are dermatologists' tips to help you get a clean shave:
  1. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. ...
  2. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. ...
  3. Shave in the direction that the hair grows. ...
  4. Rinse after each swipe of the razor. ...
  5. Store your razor in a dry area.

Should you shave both ways? ›

Most people find that using light strokes and first shaving in the direction of the hair growth and then following up with re-strokes against the grain provides the closest, smoothest shave with good skin comfort.

Should you shave your pubic hair? ›

You really don't need to remove your pubic hair for any health reasons, sexual or otherwise, other than perhaps decreasing odor from sweat. When it comes down to it, pubic hair grooming is a personal preference.

Should I shave upwards or downwards? ›

Shaving against the grain usually produces a closer shave and faster results - but is also more likely to cause irritation than shaving with the grain, says Matthew Gass from the British Association of Dermatologists. The speedier method can also lead to razor burn, ingrown hairs and even scarring, he adds.

How come when I shave my pubes I get pimples? ›

When someone shaves their pubic hair, it's not uncommon to get ingrown hairs. These pesky ingrown hairs can then cause pimples. The pimples themselves are annoying, but not necessarily a health problem.

How do you prevent Strawberry legs? ›

Use a sharp, clean razor and moisturizing shaving cream

Use a cream that keeps your skin warm and moist, and shave in the direction of hair growth. This method helps prevent razor bumps and burns that lead to strawberry legs. Shave gently with short, light strokes.

Why does my pubic hair hurt? ›

Your pubic hair region is more sensitive than your armpits and legs. So one reason why you might be hurting down there when the hair starts to grow back is because of razor burn, which can be itchy or painful. Another reason why you might be uncomfortable is because shaving can trigger ingrown hair growth.

How do I make my prickly less stubble? ›

Sandpaper. By rubbing abrasive paper over the stubble, the prickly edges get rounded down — not unlike what happens when two pieces of sandpaper are rubbed together. It's a concept pioneered by a company called The Soft Goat, which has just launched the first ever stubble-softening pad that works in just this manner.

Why do I see my hair when I shave? ›

Immediately after shaving, your skin may feel smooth enough, but within a few hours, that stubble will start reappearing. That's because you didn't shave off as much hair as you thought you did. So, if you haven't already, invest in a quality razor that uses a very sharp blade.

How do I make my pubic hair smooth after shaving? ›

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.
  1. Use the scissors to clip as much of the pubic hair as possible. ...
  2. After cropping as much hair as possible, soak in a hot bath or shower for at least three minutes to make the pubic area soft and smooth. ...
  3. Dry off and wait a few minutes to allow the skin to recuperate.

Is clean shave attractive? ›

Asked who they found most attractive, 35 percent of all respondents said clean-shaven, 14 percent said a man with a beard and mustache, eight percent said only a mustache and four percent said only a beard.

Why can't I get a close shave? ›

Fine-tuning your shaving technique. Bank recommends shaving in the direction of hair growth for at least the first one or two passes. “It won't be as close because the hairs are at a 45-degree angle instead of 90 degrees, but it is gentle. You can always do one last pass against the grain.”

Is clean shave in fashion? ›

Beards were recently quite a rage among men and it became the hottest trend. Well, as they say trends come and go, but a classic style will stay here forever. Believe it or not, clean shave is one such look that will never go out of style and is here to stay in the long run.

Does a straight razor give a closer shave? ›

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Out of all wet shaving razors, straight razors provide the best close shave because they have the sharpest blades. They cut beards closer to the skin than any other type of razor.

Is baby oil good for shaving? ›

Many baby oils are made primarily from mineral oil and can moisten your skin. It may be a good substitute for shaving cream because it can lubricate your skin for shaving. You shouldn't shave without something to soften and protect your skin while making it slicker.

How do models have smooth legs? ›

First, you combine white sugar, extra virgin olive oil and freshly-squeezed lemon juice in a bowl. Then, in the shower, you scrub. Really scrub—slough off all that dead skin. Then shave (I use a razor for each leg, as per some advice I screen-shotted on Pinterest).

Do men have whiskers? ›

Men may style their facial hair into beards, moustaches, goatees or sideburns; many others completely shave their facial hair and this is referred to as being "clean-shaven". The term whiskers, when used to refer to human facial hair, indicates the hair on the chin and cheeks.

What happens if you shave in the wrong direction? ›

When you shave in the opposite direction, you can get ingrown hair and even harsh growth. Also, shaving against the grain will cause skin irritation and even razor bumps.

Should you shave before or after a shower? ›

The best part about shaving after your shower is the efficiency of the shave. When we shower, the steam causes the pores on our face to open up, giving us easy access to the hair follicles, thus resulting in a much closer shave. If you use a traditional safety razor, this is definitely the option for you.

Does pubic hair stop growing? ›

Can you regrow pubic hair after menopause? Pubic hair and hair on the body doesn't usually grow back after the menopause, this is due to levels of oestrogen and progesterone remaining low as we continue to age. Not everyone will lose their pubic hair.

Does long pubic hair cause odor? ›

Long pubic hair

Pubic hair holds on to residual urine, vaginal discharge, blood and semen. Bacteria line up all along the hair shaft just lunching it up and creating odor. (Very appetizing, I know.) Trimming your pubic hair reduces that surface area for bacteria, thus reducing odor.

Do most men shave pubic hair? ›

Tom Gaither: We know that 50 percent of men groom [their pubic hair] on a regular basis — that's daily, weekly, or monthly. For women, it's about 84 percent — much more common. Most men are trimming, so not removing all of their hair. Women are much more likely to remove all their pubic hair when they groom.

What is the purpose of pubic hair? ›

Pubic hair plays a role in reducing friction during activities such as sexual intercourse. It also plays a role in preventing dirt and pathogens from entering the genitals. A person can safely remove their pubic hair if they wish to, but they do not need to.

Is it normal to have red dots after you shave your pubes? ›

Answer by dermatologist Lauri Vargo, MD:

These bumps are usually ingrown hairs caused by irritation to the skin as the newly shaved hair exits the skin. They will typically go away on their own after several weeks as the skin releases the embedded hair.

Does Vaseline help razor bumps? ›

In times of trouble and razor burn, turn to the tried and tested Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly. Its triple purified formula of pure petroleum jelly is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. This works gently to reduce dryness, cracking and itchiness on the skin with ease. Bid razor burn goodbye instantly!

Can you pop razor bumps? ›

You should also avoid picking or squeezing razor bumps. Skincare products that contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid may help the bumps heal faster. These acids exfoliate the skin to clear out dead skin cells and let the ingrown hair make its way back to the surface.

Why is the black dots after shaving? ›

Using an old shaver, a dull shaver or not using shaving cream, can cause razor burn. Razor burn can cause folliculitis to develop, which results in ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs can look black, and when there are many ingrown hairs, the legs can look like they are speckled with black dots.

Why do I have red dots on my legs after shaving? ›

Razor burn, or folliculitis, generally occurs immediately after shaving or when the hair is growing back. It can leave the skin on your legs red and inflamed, or with raised bumps. Razor bumps are most likely caused by friction from the razor and ingrown hairs.

What do strawberry legs look like? ›

While strawberry legs can resemble several different conditions, its tell-tale signs usually include: a dotted or pitted appearance on the skin of your legs. the darkening of open pores on the legs. the appearance of brown or black dots on the legs after shaving.

What age does pubic hair fall out? ›

Both men and women tend to tame their fields less or not at all as they get older, with peak pube patrol occurring from adolescence to mid-30s. Of course, the decline in grooming activity in later years could have something to do with having fewer pubes to pluck.

How long can pubic hair grow? ›

In a typical cycle, the entire three-phase process takes 30-44 days, according to a doctor at Men's Health. You can count on your pubes growing back at a steady rate of ⅛ inch per week, or 1 cm every three weeks.
...
So how fast do pubes grow?
Length of TimeLength of Pubic Growth
12 months15.24 cm
3 more rows
27 Apr 2022

Why does pubic hair grow so fast? ›

We just tend to pay more attention to the regrowth of pubic hair because a) it is shorter and b) the canvas is really empty down there, so the hair draws a lot of our attention. Think about it this way, if you shaved your head off, you will notice the hair growing back really quickly there as well.

What is the closest shave possible? ›

Some men find that three passes — once with the grain, once against it, and once from the side — gives them the closest shave. For others with more sensitive skin, that can lead to irritation. Some guys swear by one pass against the grain, while that can lead to razor bumps and redness for others.

Why can't I get a close shave? ›

Fine-tuning your shaving technique. Bank recommends shaving in the direction of hair growth for at least the first one or two passes. “It won't be as close because the hairs are at a 45-degree angle instead of 90 degrees, but it is gentle. You can always do one last pass against the grain.”

Do electric shavers cut as close as a razor? ›

An electric shaver will provide a close shave but not quite as close as a cartridge razor.

Is it better to shave before or after you shower? ›

When we shower, the steam causes the pores on our face to open up, giving us easy access to the hair follicles, thus resulting in a much closer shave. If you use a traditional safety razor, this is definitely the option for you. Shaving after your shower is also much better for those of us with sensitive skin.

How do you get a close shave without getting bumps? ›

How to Get a Close Shave Without Irritation
  1. Assess the condition of your skin. ...
  2. Give it time. ...
  3. Make as few passes as possible. ...
  4. Treat any irritated skin. ...
  5. Prevent ingrown hairs with benzoyl peroxide. ...
  6. Don't pick at ingrown hairs or scabs from nicks and bumps. ...
  7. Consider laser hair removal.
17 Jan 2014

How do I get a fully clean shave? ›

Here are dermatologists' tips to help you get a clean shave:
  1. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. ...
  2. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. ...
  3. Shave in the direction that the hair grows. ...
  4. Rinse after each swipe of the razor. ...
  5. Store your razor in a dry area.

Why is my hair so spiky after shaving? ›

Exfoliate Your Skin

The closer you can get to the root, the longer your shave will last, but if you've got dead skin blocking your razor, you'll end up with prickly hairs in no time. Exfoliating is an obvious solution to this, but, as Dr.

Why does it itch when you trim your pubes? ›

Your hair follicles continue to grow hair underneath your skin, and shaving can cause those follicles to become irritated. It's this irritation that makes you feel itchy after you shave.

Why is my hair sharp after shaving? ›

Consider trying a different razor if you're finding that you often have prickly hair or stubble left over after shaving. Disposable razors for example tend to have rather poor blades that are stiffly fixed onto a cheap plastic handle, their design is not optimised for the closest and best possible shave.

Why do I see my hair when I shave? ›

Immediately after shaving, your skin may feel smooth enough, but within a few hours, that stubble will start reappearing. That's because you didn't shave off as much hair as you thought you did. So, if you haven't already, invest in a quality razor that uses a very sharp blade.

How do I get a smooth pubic area? ›

Okay, onto her tips:
  1. Use conditioner instead of shaving gel or cream. ...
  2. Shave with the hair growth. ...
  3. Make sure your razor is sharp, not dull. ...
  4. Pat on some witch hazel after you shower. ...
  5. Apply a little coconut oil over your freshly shaved bikini line to help moisturise your skin.
13 Nov 2018

What percentage of men use electric razors? ›

Frequency of use is also down among the 36 percent of men who use an electric razor, a popular grooming tool for bearded men who wish to keep things a bit more tame.

Is it better to shave wet or dry with an electric razor? ›

Dry shaving results in fewer nicks and cuts than wet shaving. This is because the blade of an electric shaver doesn't actually come into contact with the skin and therefore can't cut you. With wet shaving on the other hand, it can take a bit of concentration and practice to ensure you don't nick your skin.

Should I shave everyday with an electric shaver? ›

Shave daily. Here you're skin must adapt to an electric razor if you have switched from a razor blade. The skin will need to get used to and adapt to the way in which an electric razor removes hair follicles. By shaving everyday you ensure that your skin will adapt to this change quicker.

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