Published on January 9, 2013 at 4:00 AM
Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women, especially in the winter. Yet getting a smooth shave with minimal irritation is possible. Follow these tips from dermatologists:
1. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair.
2.Next, apply a shaving cream or gel.
3.Be sure to shave in the direction that the hair grows.
4.Change blades or throw away disposable razors after 5 to 7 shaves to help minimize irritation.
5.Men who have acne should take special care while shaving. Shaving can irritate your skin, making acne worse.
•If you have acne on your face, try experimenting with electric or disposable blade razors to see which work best for you.
•Use a razor with a sharp blade.
•Shave lightly to prevent nicks and never try to shave off the acne as both can make acne worse.
"If you have any questions about shaving, especially shaving acne-prone skin, see a board-certified dermatologist," said Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass. "Treating an underlying skin condition, such as acne, can go a long way in reducing irritation caused by shaving."
Source: American Academy of Dermatology