Tips for getting a smooth shave

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Jan. 8, 2013) —

Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women, especially in the winter. Yet getting a smooth shave with minimal irritation is possible. Follow these tips from dermatologists:

  1. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair.
  2. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel.
  3. Be sure to shave in the direction that the hair grows.
  4. Change blades or throw away disposable razors after five to seven shaves to help minimize irritation.
  5. Men who have acne should take special care while shaving. Shaving can irritate your skin, making acne worse.
  • If you have acne on your face, try experimenting with electric or disposable-blade razors to see which work best for you.
  • Use a razor with a sharp blade.
  • Shave lightly to prevent nicks and never try to shave off the acne because both can make acne worse.

“If you have any questions about shaving, especially shaving acne-prone skin, see a board-certified dermatologist,” said Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass. “Treating an underlying skin condition, such as acne, can go a long way in reducing irritation caused by shaving.”

These steps are demonstrated in “How to Shave,” a video posted to the Academy's website and the Academy’s YouTube channel. This video is part of the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series, which offers relatable videos that demonstrate tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series posts to the Academy website and the YouTube channel each month.

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Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair, and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1 (888) 462-DERM (3376) or visit www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).

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