Shaving is something we all do, it’s a daily grooming necessity for most adults. Although the reason for shaving is different from one person to another, but we can all agree that at some point, we shave. It could be the way we look without shaving, it could be for hygiene, you name it. One of the most common question asked about shaving is, “can shaving cause acne?”
Now before we get into that, I would like to talk about shaving in general first. What it does to our skin and what it is made of, and also look into some of the ingredients of a shaving cream. I think that will give you a better understanding about shaving.
First, lets talk about the shaving cream you are using and how much of it you are using. Have you ever wondered what’s inside a shaving cream? What it is made of and what it is used for?
If you are somewhat like me, I have always been the curious kid on the block, I want to know what I’m using and how I’m using it.
High end shaving creams have similar ingredients in them and they work better in comparison to their less efficient counterpart.
The ingredients in a shaving cream is of utmost importance, some play a very big role on the performance and some a minor role.
Stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin,triethanolamine, fragrance, water and sodium hydroxide are the most common ingredients in high end shaving creams.
Shaving creams have 3 functions:
- Lubrication – Your shaving cream creates a very thin layer that will protect your skin from the sharp and rough razor blades by minimizing the risk of friction, irritation and razor burn on your skin.
- Hydration – The cream moisturizes the skin and the hair on the skin, making it smooth and soft, and that will make it ten times easier to shave effortlessly without causing discomfort.
- Track and Refresh – The cream also serves as a tracking line/area for you, so you know where to stop or where you still need some more shaving, that way you won’t miss anything. Last but not least, it’s gives your face a refreshing look and feel when it’s done.
Before You Shave
The are two things you should consider doing before you shave.
- Splash Warm Water On Your Face
- Use Shaving Cream
Wash or splash your face with some lukewarm water to soften it and make the pores a little looser, that’s why it’s recommended to shave in the bedroom for convenience. An alternative for this would be with steam and then wet your face.
After you washed your face with some lukewarm water, apply shaving cream to your then already wet face, make sure to cover the area you want to shave. Shaving cream is a must for good shaving. It also helps you track where to shave.
How Pimples Are Formed After Shaving
The most annoying thing that can happen after shaving, is a face full of pimples. I know how that feels like, and thus the reason I hated shaving back then in my teenage years. Now that I am better informed, I can shave without having to worry too much about it.
It’s not uncommon to get irritation from shaving, shaving usually cause irritation to the skin. Your hair follicles can get a bacterial infection and that can lead to pimples.
When shaving with a razor, there’s a chance of getting razor bumps ( when your hair grows into your skin), and this can lead to pimples.
Pimples can also be caused by stretching of the skin, that can happen when you use the razor a little too rough, causing it to irritate and damage the skin.
Using shaving cream or foam can also cause pimples due to allergy. Everyone’s skin react differently to chemicals, but in most cases the cream can cause pimples as well.
How To Avoid It
Hygiene is extremely important when it comes to preventing razor bumps or pimples after shaving. Maintain a good overall hygiene, the blades that you are using can cause infection, clean it properly after usage. You can clean the razor blade with anti-bacterial wipes or any other antibacterial product.
Don’t plan on using the same razor blade for days or even weeks, and never share it with anyone else, that’s a big NO. Try using different products and see how your skin react to it, knowing which product work best for your skin helps a lot in preventing.
When shaving, shave downwards, and not against the grain of your hair. Shaving it that way can lessen the irritation of the skin a great deal and that in turn will lead to less acne or pimples.
One other thing that might help in preventing acne that comes after shaving is moisturizing. Wash your face properly after shaving and apply some moisturizer on it, I would not recommend using aftershave, because it has alcohol and that can cause irritation to the skin.
So Now You Know
After reading this I can safely assume that you know it is possible to get acne from shaving. Don’t let this be a discouragement for you to shave, shaving is a necessity as I mentioned before like getting a haircut.
There are many ways you can prevent long-lasting pimples that comes after shaving.
Those painful pimples that are uncomfortable more often than not can be prevented and will go away on their own, most of the time without scarring.
They’re not exactly the same as teen or adult acne, those are a much more complicated problem. People usually get confused when they hear acne, so I wanted to make that clear.
If this article helped you in some way or if you find this read to be amusing, informative or intriguing don’t hesitate to leave a comment, I would be more than happy to answer your question with complete honesty and help you develop a better shaving routine. If you want to know about skin care routine for acne, check it out here.