Shaving is a routine chore for most people. Even with the availability of waxing or laser hair removal, many people still stick with a good old razor blade for fast, easy hair removal. So to make the most of your razor, these shaving tricks from a dermatologist will change your routine forever. Hey, nobody enjoys dealing with razor burn.
To learn more about the world of safe shaving, Romper spoke with Dr. Edidiong Kaminska, a Board Certified Dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She knows all about skin and the ways to protect it from harm. And and she explained, improper shaving can result in worse health concerns than a few nicks and cuts. Ingrown hairs and folliculitis are potential problems.
Most everyone has had the misfortune of encountering an ingrown hair here and there. "Ingrown hairs occur when the hair grows out of the skin and then turns back inwards into the skin," said Dr. Kaminska. "The body recognizes the hair as foreign and can cause bumpy skin that can be associated with inflammation and irritation." They can be annoying and downright painful, and once you get one, you never want to deal with them again.
On the other hand, folliculitis is a more serious concern that can result from improper shaving. "Folliculitis is a skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed. This is commonly caused by a bacterial infection," said Dr. Kaminska. "Usually a patient will noticed small pus-bumps or white pimples around a hair follicle." Because you definitely don't want to get a skin infection from your razor blade of all things, read on to discover the best and safest ways to shave.