Getting acne after shaving is a very annoying experience. I've been there myself and I used to despise shaving because of it. You get some acne and it makes your next shave session more difficult and by shaving, you get more acne.
It can be a terrible cycle to get stuck in but fortunately, there are some actions you can take against the acne. Before I dive into the solutions we've got for you just know that your mileage may vary, but hopefully at least one or two of our solutions will work for you.
What Causes Acne?
The reason you get acne after shaving is because the hair follicles become plugged with oil, dead skin cells, or another residue. The follicles are connected to oil glands that produce natural oil for your skin and hair. When the pore is plugged it can cause it to bulge and produce a whitehead.
You probably can see the easy connection between shaving and acne. There are many different products being used when you shave and one major factor is that a lot of men weren't taught how to shave properly.
There could be a subtle change in the way you shave that will benefit your skin ten fold. Now that we know what causes acne and the connection between that and getting acne after shaving lets discover some solutions to help you rid yourself of it.
How to Prevent Acne After Shaving
When it comes to preventing or treating acne caused by shaving we should start at the source. That source being your routine when shaving. Once we've addressed routine we'll dive into some other options.
Exfoliating - The word you probably hear most often from the female you hang out with most. Exfoliating is a major key activity that will combat acne. You should be exfoliating in the morning when you wake up before you go to bed, and before and after shaving.
You don't need to get fancy facial scrubbing tools to exfoliate. Use a wash cloth with a small amount of facial scrub and clean your face. Then with just warm water and another wash cloth wipe your face clean.
Just make sure to do this before and after shaving. The before shave scrub can just use warm water and a cloth and the after shaving use the facial scrub.
Once you begin exfoliating you'll begin seeing a big difference in your skin. Clearer healthy skin and reduced acne and for some people all acne issues will be resolved.
Shaving Cream - Choose a shaving cream that will protect your skin. Shaving creams with aloe are a good choice. Make sure to use shaving cream regularly in a thin layer to protect the skin while shaving.
However, shaving creams leave behind a residue after shaving. That's why we recommend you exfoliate after shaving to clean the residue off, open pores, and remove any bacteria on your face.
Safety Razor - People who are more prone to getting acne tend to have more sensitive skin. You should consider changing your cartridge razor in for a safety razor like the Merkur 180.
Safety razors require only a single blade when you're shaving. So each pass over your skin is only one razor pass. Compared to a cartridge razor with 2 to 5 blades that count for 2 to 5 passes over your skin.
With fewer passes over your skin, you're less likely to get skin irritation.
Shaving Direction - Make sure you're shaving with the grain of your hair. Pay attention to the growth because facial hair changes the direction it grows in around the neckline. Some people have more wildly hairs so just keep an eye on your personal growth direction.
Shaving against the grain can cause hairs to grow back under the skin. When this happens you not only have an ingrown hair but acne usually accompanies this.
You can also shave side grain. Which is shaving at an angle left or right with the grain. This lets you get a closer shave while not having the negative effects of going against the grain.
Products to Help Acne After Shaving
If you're having a bigger issue with acne it may require the use of some product. Fortunately for you, there are some really good options out there to solve acne issues.
Benzoyl Peroxide - is a chemical directly used to treat acne. It does this by combating the bacteria in acne. You'll find the face and body washes containing this as a core ingredient. The reviews on this product are overwhelming positive.
Facial Masks - using a face mask will tighten your pores, reduce oil, and help prevent acne.
Electric Shavers - If shaving is becoming too much of an issue you might want to consider changing over to electric shavers. Electric shavers aren't going to give you as close of a shave as a razor but they also won't cause acne and skin irritation.
- Alcohol based aftershaves can help acne after shaving.
Other Solutions for Acne
There are other causes of acne and shaving is only one thing which could be causing your acne. See what other options you have at your disposal to assist in getting rid of acne. Unfortunately, due to genetics, some of us are just born with super oily skin. We don't get to choose our parents and it becomes something we have to deal with but we can take steps to combat it.
Stress - If you're over stressed it will get your hormones out of whack and can cause acne. We're increasingly growing more knowledgeable of the effects of stress and this happens to be one of them.
Try to reduce your stress levels by analyzing what's causing it. It's beneficial even if you're not doing it for acne issues. We could all benefit from less stress.
Diet - It almost sounds cliche now but your diet can greatly affect your skin. If you're eating a lot of foods high in sugar you're more likely to have acne. Oily foods like pizza contribute to unhealthy skin.
Try to eat a healthy diet and drink lots and lots of water. The key to making this change is to make it gradually. Don't try to change your entire diet in one day. Take small steps and small changes to a better diet. You're more likely to stick with the change if you make it gradually. Start by trying to cut soda out of your diet.
Touching - How often do you touch your face? When you have acne it becomes more of an issue because you'll tend to touch your face more often. This only makes things worse.
Try to avoid touching your face out of habit. Your fingers transfer dirt, bacteria, and oil that contribute to dirty skin and acne. Habits are hard to break but your skin will thank you.
Hopefully, all these tips combined will help you resolve your acne after shaving issue. Please leave a comment below to share your experiences with acne and any solutions that helped you.