Acne can be tough to deal with. It’s bad enough breaking out in angry-looking red spots all over your face, but when throwing facial hair into the mix, you need to know the best way to trim and shave it without aggravating your spots.
Shaving acne prone skin doesn’t have to be painful. Once you find the right technique and start using great shaving products, you can take care of your skin when shaving, and transform your grooming routine into a pain-free experience.
What is Acne?
It’s normal to get more spots on your face when you hit puberty, but acne is more than just a few pimples. Acne is actually a chronic skin condition, and it typically affects males in their late teens, before usually clearing up by the time you’ve reached your mid-20s.
Oily skin is common in puberty as your body starts to produce more sebum, which is supposed to keep your face naturally moisturised. However, your hormones can be all over the place when your body is going through so much growth and change, and some of this sebum can end up blocking your hair follicles.
Blocked follicles can look red, inflamed and irritated on the surface of your skin. If you’re still producing a lot of sebum and aren’t keeping your skin properly cleansed and hydrated, you could end up with spots on top of these infected hair follicles.
There’s also a type of bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (or P. acnes) that’s usually harmless, but can occasionally block hair follicles, making them look inflamed.
Shaving acne prone skin can potentially be uncomfortable and how you shave can play a big part in helping overcome this discomfort.
How to Tell if You Have Acne
If you think you have acne, you should speak to a dermatologist who will be able to advise you on the best way to manage your skin to keep it as clear as possible.
Signs of acne can include:
- Spots filled with pus
- Feeling as though you have spots on spots
- Spots that are painful to touch
Can Shaving Cause Acne?
Acne is a medical condition and not something that be either caused or treated by shaving. However, having acne does not stop your hair from growing. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to remove hair successfully when shaving acne prone skin. Keep reading this article to find out how to best achieve this.
6 Acne Shaving Tips
Here are our top tips for making shaving with acne more comfortable:
1. Always Cleanse Your Skin First
Acne prone skin needs to be kept clean and free from excess oil where possible. However, washing your face more than twice a day can strip it of the oils it needs, so it’s important to strike the right balance. You don’t want to be leaving your pores open to attract too much oil and bacteria, as this could lead to more spots.
Wash your face using warm water before shaving and finish your shaving routine by quickly splashing your face with cold water – that’s all it needs
2. Use a Clean Blade
Use a fresh, clean blade for shaving acne as this is good hygienic practice. Many men are unsure whether to use an electric shaver or a razor with acne prone skin. As acne symptoms can vary from person to person, the best way to find what works for you is to try out top-quality products. Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Blades are specially designed to minimise blade pressure with your skin to help reduce shave irritation. Choose our SkinGuard Sensitive Razor when you sign up for a Gillette shaving subscription and make sure you’ve always got a clean blade handy.
But if you begin to notice pain in your acne areas when shaving with a razor, you may want to try switching it up to an electric shaver, like the Gillette All Purpose Styler. By letting the electric shaver do the work and simply gliding it over your face, you’ll avoid mistakes that could end up with a nick or cut on your acne.
3. Look for Alcohol-Free Shaving Products
You should always apply a shaving gel or foam to your face before shaving to hydrate both your facial hair and your skin, but make sure you’re using shaving products that don’t contain alcohol, as this can irritate your skin further.
4. Let Your Razor Do the Work
Making gentle strokes with your razor will stop you from using too much pressure when you’re shaving acne – it should be your razor doing most of the work, not your hand.
The SkinGuard Sensitive Razor cartridge is specially designed to absorb some of the pressure from your hand while you shave so your blades press less on the skin vs conventional razors.
5. Shave with the Grain
Shaving with the grain means following the direction of your facial hair growth with your razor. many men find shaving against the grain is more comfortable.
6. Adopt a Post-Shave Routine
Continue taking care of your skin after shaving by following a post-shave routine. Use warm water to wash away excess shaving foam and hair, then splash your face with cold water, before applying a moisturiser.
Our Gillette Aftershave Moisturiser is designed to soothe and hydrate your skin.