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How to Prevent Skin Irritation

Ask any guy who uses an electric shaver if he’ll ever be going back to manual shaving and you’ll almost always get an emphatic, “No!” The conversion, however, sometimes results in minor skin irritation or “razor burn” because the skin needs to adjust to the changes in pressure, technique and heat. There are ways to lessen these potential effects:

Helpful Steps

  • 1

    Use hot water to warm a washcloth, which should be placed on the area to be shaved for two or three minutes in order to open the pores and soften the hair.

  • 2

    Remove the washcloth and begin by first shaving your most sensitive areas, like the neck and under the ears.

  • 3

    When shaving, don’t go over the same spot too many times because the friction can cause redness and irritation.

  • 4

    Rinse your skin thoroughly after shaving and either pat-dry or let it air dry. Rubbing with a towel can cause irritation.

  • 5

    Clean your shaver after every three or four uses.

  • 6

    Have patience. Your skin will adjust and you’ll be happy you made the switch!

What to use

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