Shaving and Facial Acne

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Shaving will only worsen the problem of acne.

Facial acne makes shaving a difficult task. Men must shave carefully to avoid affected areas and prevent the acne from spreading. If you shave over skin with acne, you risk popping the pimple and spreading the infection. With a few simple precautions, you can continue to shave with acne and refrain from spreading it on your face.

  1. Razor Bumps

    • Razor bumps are red pimples or irritation that occur on your face after shaving. If you fail to take the correct precautions, you will not prepare your skin properly for shaving. As a result, you will damage the hair follicles and cause acne. When future hair follicles grow, they will become trapped inside the follicle, resulting in severe redness and irritation. The major issue with razor bumps is that they tend to spread quickly because future shaving will further damage the skin and increase acne quickly.


    • Prior to shaving, exfoliate to prevent developing acne. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and improves blood circulation in the face. Acne occurs when dead skin cells and excess oil clog pores, creating a perfect environment for bacteria to grow and irritate the skin. Use any oil-free exfoliator and rub the face gently. Many of these products contain tiny beads to help scrub the skin. However, these beads can cause irritation for people with sensitive skin if they scrub too aggressively.

    Warm Water

    • Washing your face with warm water will cause your pores to expand and will allow for a much smoother shave. This will reduce skin irritation and result in fewer razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Wash your face, using warm water, for a few minutes to guarantee that your skin is adequately prepared for shaving. Covering your face with a warm towel works well, too. Moisten a towel and place it in the microwave for a few minutes to heat it up. Test the towel's temperature and then place it directly on your face. Using a warm towel or washing your face with warm water after shaving is also highly effective for reducing acne.

    Shaving Cream

    • Shaving cream prepares the skin for shaving by making the facial hairs softer and easier to trim. After wetting your face with warm water, apply a generous amount of shaving cream to your face. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before shaving in order to give the cream enough time to take effect. Use an oil-free shaving cream to further reduce facial acne. A cream that contains oil will tend to clog the pores.

    Shaving Techniques

    • Facial acne can be caused by improper shaving techniques. Always shave with the grain of the hair, or in the direction that the hair is growing. Although this will not give you the closest possible shave, it will train your hair to regrow in the proper direction. A good deal of facial acne is the result of ingrown hairs, which are caused when a hair grows into another pore, causing painful irritation and acne. By shaving with the grain, you will help prevent this common problem. In addition, avoiding shaving over pimples. If you cut a zit, it may spread the infection to adjacent pores and exacerbate your skin problems.

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