Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Shaving Rash

Q. My skin on my legs gets so irritated when I shave. What can I do?


A. You need to take your time and use a clean sharp razor to get a nice shave without irritation. A dull dirty razor can promote folliculitis (infection in the hair follicles) and skin irritation. Start by letting the skin get warm and softened with warm water in the shower or bath.  You can use a warm warm wet washcloth as a compress for a few minutes in the shower to help soften, too. Use shaving cream or try hair conditioner on sensitive skin. Apply shaving cream or conditioner to one leg. Allow the shaving cream or conditioner to sit on your leg a couple minutes. Shave in the opposite direction of hair growth, usually upwards, if your skin is tough and doesn't irritate easily. If your skin is sensitive , however, shave in the direction of hair growth, usually downward. The skin will not feel as smooth shaving downward as shaving upward, but the skin will be less irritated. Use long smooth strokes with the razor using very little pressure. Don't rush!  Bend your knees to shave the kneecap. Flex the foot when shaving the back of the ankle. Point your toe to shave the ankle at the front of the leg. Feel for any missed hairs. Rinse. Do the same procedure for the other leg. Apply a soothing moisturizer. You can also skip shaving altogether! Many people who get irritated from shaving prefer waxing.

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