Preventing shaving rash:
How to avoid itching, razor bumps, inflammation, ingrown hairs …
… and everything else that can irritate your skin when you shave.
We’ve gathered our best tips here along with
our step-by-step guide to smooth and trouble-free hair removal.
What causes the problem?
All people have mild staphylococcal bacteria in the skin. When we shave, small scratches occur in the skin, allowing bacteria to make small inflammatory conditions inside the skin. That is what we commonly call beard plague. Want to know more? So click hereand read the article "Beard plague is not fun – but what is it?"
What can you do about it?
You can avoid many of the problems with skin irritation if you take some precautions before, during and after shaving. Of course, you can also just use ShaveSafe, but more on that below.
IMPORTANT TIPS WHEN SHAVING:
- Bathe every day.
- Change your underwear every day.
- Wash your underwear at high temperatures – at least 60°C .
- Don’t share your towel with others (to avoid transmitting any infection).
- Clean your razor after use.
- Make sure your razor is completely clean before use (you can disinfect it with boiling water).
- Replace your razor often.
- Don’t share your razor with others (to avoid transmitting any infection).
Shaving foam etc.
- Use shaving foam to avoid cuts and irritation of the skin (preferably an antibacterial and disinfectant shaving foam – there is one in particular which we highly recommend).
- Use an antibacterial lotion after shaving (it helps keep the majority of bacteria at bay).
- Always shave with the grain (in the direction the hair grows).
Or you can just use ShaveSafe instead. Most people find that they don’t need to be as careful when they shave with ShaveSafe. ShaveSafe removes the cause of the problem: bacteria on the skin and the razor.
How should you shave?
When you shave, it’s a good idea to establish a routine to minimise the risk of irritating your skin. In addition to the tips listed above, we therefore recommend that you follow this shaving guide. This is especially important if you don’t use ShaveSafe.
- Remove any ingrown hairs.
- Moisten your skin with warm water. Or shave in the shower. The warm water helps soften the hairs for an easier shave.
- Spread an even layer of foam on the desired area and shave immediately. If you’re shaving your legs, shave one leg and rinse, then do the other leg.
- Rinse thoroughly with water – preferably cold water as it closes the pores and minimises the risk of irritation.
- Apply cream or lotion afterwards, if desired. But make sure it is fragrance-free and preferably antibacterial, too.
- Remove any ingrown hairs.
- Wash skin thoroughly with ShaveSafe, but not the bikini line. The skin there is so thin that the wax can stick too much if the skin is too clean.
- Wax the area.
- Wash the skin again immediately after waxing while the pores are still open, preferably in the shower.
- Rinse with water, preferably cold.
- Apply cream or lotion afterwards, if desired. But make sure it’s fragrance-free.
- Wash the area with ShaveSafe every day after waxing to avoid ingrown hairs.