Shaving Acne and Preventing Razor Pimples and Bumps

Shaving Acne
Learn the secrets of shaving with acne and preventing shaving pimples.

Shaving with Acne

What is the connection between acne and shaving? There are two ways they are linked. For people without acne, sometimes shaving can cause pseudofolliculitis barbae, which we know as “shaving bumps”. And for people that already have acne, shaving can be a delicate process.

After I shave, it looks like I have acne

Why is it that sometimes after you shave, you get bumps or breakouts that occur on the areas you shaved? You are getting pseudofolliculitis barbae, or shaving bumps. During the process of shaving, the razor can damage the skin and the hair follicles in the skin, causing these razor pimples and zits. Waxing and plucking the hair can also cause this. When the hair begins to grow back, it gets trapped inside the follicle. This will result in swelling and irritation. It is this swelling that causes the bumps on your skin that look like pimples, and some mistake for a form of acne. Anyone can get shaving bumps, but they are more common with people who have curly hair.

Tips to prevent shaving bumps:

With these tips, you should be able to prevent getting shaving pimples.

Shaving if you have Acne

Preventing Shaving Bumps
If you have acne, shaving can be a bit tricky.

We will be talking specifically about shaving your face, as that is the most common area affected by acne that gets shaved. Obviously, this will be more for men. A lot of the information here can apply to other parts of the body that you might shave that are infected with acne. These tips can apply to women too when shaving an area affected by acne.

The first question people with acne ask about shaving is “should they shave”? They want to know if it is better to shave or just let the hair grow. The answer is simple. If you are trying to get rid of your acne, shaving is recommended. This is because bacteria can live on the hair, fueling the acne. It is best to keep hair off the face. However, shaving acne can present some difficulties.

How should someone with acne shave? The tips described above for avoiding razor bumps all apply here as well. Use warm water, the right shaving cream, an electric or new single blade razor, shave with the grain, and use an anti-bacterial cleanser on your face when finished. If you have a particularly active acne spot, consider shaving around it at first, and then make one or two passes at most very lightly over it with the grain. Also, don’t over shave. Shaving every 2-3 days is probably the ideal timeframe between shaves. And most importantly, never try to shave off the acne! It is not possible to shave away acne, and you are only going to make things a lot worse!

Between shaves, it is important to moisturize and exfoliate the skin. Hopefully you are already on a program to deal with the acne at the source. The system to get rid of acne that we recommend here is the Acne no More system. This system has helped countless people cure their acne, and we highly recommend it.

If after following these guidelines you are finding shaving to still make your acne breakouts worse, I would highly recommend using an electric razor or beard trimmer instead of a bladed razor.

So there you have it. It may be a pain at first to follow these guidelines, but your great looking, pimple free skin will thank you for the effort. And once you are acne free, you can let your facial hair grow. Just don’t be like most people and not have a plan. If you want the best looking facial hair that will get you noticed, check out the Grooming Secrets for Men eBook. It will make you a new man!

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