How to Shave if You Have Acne or Acne-prone Skin

Men know that shaving when you have acne can be a challenge. Here are some dermatologistsí tips that can help give you a clean shave:

  • Before shaving, soften the hairs
    Wetting the face thoroughly with lukewarm water can help soften the hairs.

  • Experiment
    Try shaving with electric and safety razors to see which works best for you.

  • Make sure the blade is sharp
    This helps prevents nicks from a safety razor, which can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts.

  • Shave lightly
    This can prevent you from nicking acne lesions. Nicks can make acne worse.

  • Never try to shave off the acne
    Trying to shave off acne aggravates the condition and makes acne worse.

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