I understand that shaving is extremely difficult and risky on sensitive skin. If you have clinically diagnosed sensitive skin, you may have faced irritation, rashes, burning sensation, or severe pain on your skin every time you try to shave. It can cause permanent skin damage, as well as permanent scars on your face. I have faced the problem for an extended period in my life. Like you all, I have suffered from irritated skin, rashes, and dryness whenever I tried to shave without having the knowledge of how to shave on sensitive skin. Whether you are using an electric razor or a manual razor, you need to take precautions and keep some things in mind while shaving. In this blog, I have tried to gather all the necessary best electric shaver for sensitive skin. To ease your shaving experience, I have also discussed some important skin-care routines for you. Let’s dive in:
Diagnosis of Sensitive Skin:
So, before talking about sensitive skin, we should first know how a dermatologist diagnoses sensitive skin? Here’s a quick discussion about the few categories of sensitive clinical skin. There are several more diagnoses and categories than I can talk about in a single blog. Generally, these are the most common clinical sensitive skin issues and symptoms according to dermatologists:
- Skin Reaction: This can include noticeable and extreme reactions such as skin bumps, skin erosion, rashes, or pimples due to putting something on your skin. For example, you may have a particular skin lotion you like to rub on your face after shaving. A dermatologist generally tells you to stop using that for a while and see if you’re having a reaction to it. Also, the degree of response depends on the sensitivity of the skin.
- Dry Skin: This is categorized by regular flaking, redness, dry rash, itching, or even sometimes heat rash. I would suggest you notice whether your skin becomes dry (or naturally stays dry) to the point that it’s not properly protecting nerve endings on the skin? You’ll know instantly because clinical dry skin makes even the gentlest touch feel like burning or needle pricking.
- Rosacea and/or Eczema: If this can be measured on a scale, then Eczema would score ten, while dry skin would score 4/5 in terms of pain, discomfort, and reaction. If you clinically get diagnosed with Eczema, you should be very careful while choosing the shaving product for you. Rosacea and Eczema affected skin requires clinically approved products to help heal and moisturize the skin. However, my shaving tips below can help you keep your skin hair-free and exfoliated daily.
- Severe Ingrown Hairs: While ingrown hair growth is prevalent amongst those who have extremely curly hair(mostly people of color), it’s important to note that I am talking about ingrown hairs that reach an almost severe condition. The natural cause of ingrown hairs is that the regrowing hair crawls back inside the skin rather than breaking the surface of the skin. This condition causes unbearable pain as the sharp edge of the hair is growing back into deeper layers of skin and scalp.
As a result, it causes inflamed and reddened bumps on the skin. Normal ingrown hairs are relatively easy to cure. But, Severe Ingrown Hair may happen due to the combination of other sensitive skin problems that prevent even the straightest hair from breaking the skin when it tries to regrow. Again, this might be something that needs to be cured by a dermatologist. However, maintaining the right shaving routine and tools will make a huge difference in how often this condition occurs in your skin.
Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin:
The good news about shaving for sensitive skin is that you can adjust to the routine very easily. You need to take some preventive measures and choose your products wisely. If you are shaving with an electric razor, I’d suggest you get one that offers a wet shave.
Wash and Moisturize: The first thing to remember while shaving on sensitive skin is that you need to wash your face properly. Using a gentle, natural face wash might do wonders. Washing your face will remove dead skins and pores and make your skin instantly hydrated and smooth. This is the easiest way to reduce the chances of post-shave irritation.
Exfoliate: If you have sensitive skin and need to shave regularly, exfoliation of your skin will help you reduce the risk of getting injuries. I would recommend you to exfoliate your skin 3-4 times a week. Use a natural face scrub and gently rub t against your skin to remove the dead skins and blackheads. Regular exfoliation is essential if you have too much oily skin. Scrub also lifts away whiskers from your skin and prepares your skin for the best possible shave.
Apply Shaving Cream: You should use a shaving cream that doesn’t affect your skin, whether you are shaving with a manual razor or an electric one. Shaving cream or foam makes your hair follicles lose and easy to shave. Make sure that you are using natural shaving cream and avoid products that create lather. They’re harmful to sensitive skin; instead, choose a lotion-based cream. You need to protect and moisturize your skin before you go for the shave. Lathering creams and foams will make your skin dry, leading to post-shave irritation and discomfort.
Shave with a Quality Razor: A safety razor is the best option for shaving people with sensitive skin. It offers a smooth and close shave with little chance of irritation and rashes. Make sure to use a sterilized blade every time you shave with a manual razor. If you prefer electric razors, go for the one which offers wet shaving so that you can use shaving cream with the machine. If you are using a disposable razor, change it after a single use.
Use Aftershave: Aftershave is essential for sensitive skin. But if you choose the wrong product, you’ll be doing more harm to your skin than good. Natural aftershave should be lotion-based and soothing. Your aftershave should be menthol and alcohol-free. These components dry out skin, leading to rashes and irritation you were trying to avoid.
Skin-care Tips for Sensitive Skin:
If you have a sensitive skin type, you need to regularly take good care of it and build some healthy habits.
Moisturize Your Skin Two Times a Day:
Again, the most important thing of a good moisturizer is to get one that is made without perfumes, irritants, or scents and comes with no alcohol. The ideal moisturizer should be gentle and eases the irritation on your skin. Most people with irritated or sensitive skin problems flicker back and forth between oily slick skin and patches of dry, scaly skin. A good moisturizer will help balance both the oil and dryness on the skin. Remember that healthy skin has the right amount of moisture to prevent dry skin and prevent the skin from making excess oil.
Exfoliate Your Skin gently once a Week:
Shaving itself acts as a skin exfoliant because it removes hair and scrapes off dead skin cells. However, it’s good to exfoliate your skin at least once a week with a clinically proven gentle scrub or mask. There are a lot of oil, dead skin cells, and deeply embedded dirt on the first layer of your skin. A mask and/or scrub can help you get all this stuff out of your skin and let it breathe healthily.
Plenty of Sleep: Your skin heals itself while you are asleep. When you don’t get the much-needed sleep, it results in tired-looking skin, dark circles, more fine lines, and often even breakouts. Make sure you get a solid 7-8 hours of deep sleep if you want your skin to be healthy and shiny.
Stay Hydrated: Sensitive or irritated skin is typically extremely thirsty. It means your skin didn’t get enough moisturizer. While you can help prevent this by moisturizing your skin daily at night, it’s also very important that you prioritize drinking enough water in a given day, preferably three liters in a day. Plus, it will make your skin more energized thought throughout the day. You can indicate it by looking at the color of your pee. If it is yellow, you are likely dehydrated and need to drink more water to rejuvenate your skin.
As an added bonus to these methods, you’ll also find that you’re fighting the aging process while trying to make your skin suitable for shaving.
Stop Smoking: If you are a regular smoker, you may already know the adverse effects it causes on your skin. Numerous research has shown that regular smoking can cause skin damage and loosen up the tissues of the skin. Basically, tobacco dries up water from your body and leaves your skin dry. This might not make any visible difference, but you should stop smoking immediately if you want to stay healthy and keep your sensitive skin nourished.
Shaving is a sign that you care for your skin. However, shaving should not be a painful experience, even if you have sensitive skin. I have made many mistakes while shaving on my skin without any proper skin-care routines followed. But, if you read and act according to the tips mentioned above and tricks, you will not face the pain I have gone through. Always take proper care of your skin before shaving, and don’t forget to drink water. I hope these tips will help you shave without any fear of getting hurt. Lead a healthy lifestyle and shave as you want. Have a good day!