So, you’ve shaved your head in an effort to battle one or more of the following: dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, acne, folliculitis (ingrown hairs), or just to look cool. How do you maintain that clean-cut look?
Is your skin feeling tight and dry? This is a normal reaction for some people after shaving. If your skin is dry, you can use a moisturizer or baby oil; however, these products may clog pores and cause acne on the scalp. Therefore, it is recommended to use a product that is water-based and dye-free.
You should also avoid applying products with alcohol in them because they will dry out your skin. Also, if you have sensitive skin, avoid products with fragrance. As mentioned previously, some people are prone to acne as a result of shaving their heads. If this happens to you and you notice pimples appearing on your scalp (or anywhere else for that matter), be sure to wash the area twice daily with an antibacterial soap.
If you don’t take proper care of your skin after shaving, the hair will grow back faster and more coarse. Additionally, this can lead to breakouts, ingrown hairs and other skin conditions. So what should you do to keep your skin in tip-top shape?
Shave with a sharp razor that has at least three blades and a lubricating strip. A dull blade will not only be less effective, but it can also cause rashes and irritate your skin. You should replace it every five to seven shaves.
Use shaving cream or gel when shaving. Not only does this help avoid nicks and cuts, but it also helps keep your skin hydrated because your razor glides over it more easily and smoothly. This is particularly important if you have sensitive skin, as the lubrication prevents razor burn.
Shave in the direction that the hair grows to avoid irritation and breakouts. If you shave against the grain, you are more likely to end up with razor bumps, ingrown hairs and irritated skin.
Apply moisturizer after shaving so that your skin remains hydrated and smooth. You can use one formulated for sensitive skin or choose one based on your specific needs, such as one designed for anti-aging or acne prevention.
The benefits of shaving are pretty well known: it removes unwanted hair and makes your skin smooth, supple, and healthy. However, a lot of people are unaware that this process can actually affect the overall health of your skin. If you shave regularly, you may want to pay close attention to how you care for your skin after shaving.
The most common reason for shaving-related pain and discomfort is post-shave irritation. This is caused by tiny cuts in your skin that can be left behind by a razor blade or other sharp object. These small cuts leave behind red, irritated bumps that can cause itching and discomfort. You may even experience bleeding at these sites if they become infected or irritated enough.
How do you avoid these unwanted side effects? One way to prevent irritation is to take care of your skin with proper hygiene after shaving. Make sure you wash your face gently with warm water and mild soap immediately after shaving. This will help remove any irritants or bacteria that could be left behind by the razor blade. After washing, apply an anti-inflammatory cream or gel to soothe the affected areas of your skin.
Shaving cream is another great option for preventing post-shave irritation. Apply a thick layer of shaving cream to the area of your skin
Now that the cold weather is (hopefully) behind us, it’s time to finally shed those coats and heavy layers. Here are a few grooming guidelines to make sure your skin is ready for the warm weather.
It can be quite tempting to quickly shave off your winter beard, but try not to rush it. Shaving too early in the season could cause an outbreak of skin irritation. If you just can’t wait any longer, try growing out your facial hair for a few days before you shave. This will allow your skin to adjust to the change of season.
For those men who prefer to keep their skin completely clean-shaven throughout the year, try using a moisturizing shaving cream before you shave – especially if you have sensitive skin. It is also important to shave in the direction that your hair grows and avoid using dull blades. Dull blades tend to tug at facial hair and cause irritation as opposed to cleanly cutting through hair follicles.
If you shave your legs with a razor and notice that your skin is irritated, itchy, or swollen after the fact, you may be allergic to the metal in the razor. I know this sounds crazy, but it’s true! Many people are allergic to nickel which is a common metal found in many razors.
According to the American Contact Dermatitis Society, nickel allergies are the most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). ACD is when your skin reacts negatively to something that has touched it. The best way to determine if you’re allergic to nickel is by undergoing patch testing with a dermatologist. If you know you’re allergic to nickel, here are a few tips to consider before using your razor:
1. Choose a single or double blade razor over a triple or quadruple blade razor. The more metal there is on the razor, the higher chance there is for irritation.
2. When buying razors, look for a hypoallergenic label.
3. Look for razors that have a protective strip at the top of the blade as some razors leave this strip off and make direct contact between your skin and the metal more likely.
No one wants razor burn, and the good news is that you can avoid it. You can shave with less irritation and get a closer shave by following these tips:
1. Moisten your skin before shaving.
2. Use a sharp blade every time you shave to prevent tugging of hairs.
3. Shave in the direction of hair growth – not against it.
4. Apply a moisturizer after shaving, or use an aftershave containing moisturizers.
5. Avoid alcohol-based products because they can dry out your skin.
Lasers, waxing, and electrolysis are the most common methods for removal of unwanted hair. All three techniques require a series of treatments, usually spaced about one month apart. With each treatment the hair becomes thinner and more sparse until it is permanently gone.
Lasers can quickly get rid of unwanted hair on any part of the body including the face, neck, legs, back, arms, underarms and bikini area. Laser hair removal works by using pulses of light to damage the follicles beneath the skin to slow down or completely stop hair growth. The laser targets melanin in the hair follicles and heats them up to destroy their ability to regrow.
Waxing is a method that removes unwanted hair from anywhere on your body at the root. It works by applying strips of warm wax to remove unwanted hair from the root. After applying the strips of wax to unwanted areas, a cloth strip is applied over the top and pressed down firmly so that when it is removed quickly it will pull out all unwanted hairs with it at the root. The waxing process removes large areas at a time but will not cause permanent damage to your skin or prevent future hair growth like laser treatments can.
Electrolysis is a method that uses electricity to permanently remove individual