Women dealing with and treating problem acne are fighting an uphill battle riddled with astringents and scrubs that burn and irritate skin, and oil-free creams and cover-ups that look anything but natural. But for men, there’s another factor that cannot be avoided and only exacerbates the redness and irritation associated with acne: Shaving.
If you suffer from acne, you’re probably already familiar with the pain, irritation and scarring that can occur when you shave over your breakouts. Instead of suffering or adopting the “natural look,” here are six tips to help ensure shaving doesn’t irritate your acne or even make it worse.
Prep Your Skin
Before you even pick up a razor, electric or otherwise, it’s important to prepare your skin. Begin by washing your face with a product formulated for your specific skin type; “types” are generally sensitive, dry, oily, combination or normal. Work the product gently into the skin and rinse it away with lukewarm water. Continue to rinse for at least 30 seconds. This not only removes the cleanser but also softens the skin, which in turn prevents irritation, bumps and redness. Pat your forehead dry, but leave the skin on your cheeks, neck and chin moist.
Use a Sharp Razor
Nothing irritates your acne-prone skin like shaving with a dull razor. It might be expensive, but if you’re using disposable, single-use razors, it’s important to use a fresh one each time you shave. It’s feasible to get two uses out of a disposable razor, but no more. If using an electric razor, make sure the blade is sharp and lubricated each time you shave. Also, never use the closest setting, as this can lead to unnecessary irritation.
The Right Shaving Cream
Much like a sharp razor, using the right shaving cream can help prevent unnecessary skin irritation and breakouts. Avoid products labeled “moisturizing” or any formulated for sensitive skin. Often, these formulas contain ingredients and emollients that can clog your pores and make your acne worse. Skipping the cream all-together is another option to consider if you’re suffering from a major acne breakout. Rather, lather up your favorite face wash and use it as a lubricant instead of a cream or gel that can lead to unwanted acne.
Passing Over Acne-Prone Areas
If you’re suffering from a severe breakout, you might consider leaving your face alone until the flare-up minimizes. However, if this isn’t an option, use caution when sweeping the razor over your already irritated skin. Apply a thin layer of shaving cream and glide the razor over the skin one time only. Once you’re clean shaven, rinse off the cream immediately and pat your skin dry with a soft cloth.
Treating Razor Cuts
Razor cuts and nicks are often an unavoidable part of shaving. When you suffer from acne-prone skin, the nicks, cuts and damage can often lead to further breakouts, which is why it’s so important to treat the injuries quickly. Begin by applying slight pressure to the cut with a damp cloth. Once the bleeding has stopped, wipe the affected area with a cotton swab soaked with tea tree oil. The oil won’t irritate your skin like rubbing alcohol or peroxide, but like these products the natural oil will eliminate bacteria and prevent future breakouts.
You’re finally done shaving and ready to head out to school, work or wherever the day takes you. Before stepping away from the sink, it’s important to treat and protect your skin. Begin by soaking a cotton swab with tea tree oil or witch hazel. Work the product into your skin using overlapping circles. Both products help soothe the skin without over drying. Next, apply a gel aftershave or moisturizer formulated for acne-prone skin. It might not seem “manly” to use a moisturizer, but you’ll thank yourself when your skin is touchably-soft and free of unwanted acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Finish the process by applying a non-comedogenic sunscreen featuring an SPF of at least 15.
You might feel defeated by the prospect of shaving during an acne breakout. However, with the right preparation, products and aftercare, it’s possible to sport a clean look without irritating your skin. Even if you do suffer a breakout, there are a variety of acne remedies available to treat your pimples and blackheads.
Jillian Brinkman is a guest blogger and salon owner. Jillian is currently writing a series of blog posts intended to help men naturally treat problem acne.
Gear Up For March Madness With These Great Deals From Target
March Madness is my favorite time of year.. But it’s also the most stressful, as all it takes is one little upset to send my bracket into a tailspin. The same holds true when it comes to your grooming game. Finding the right personal care products […]
Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum, but all opinions are my own.
March Madness is my favorite time of year.. But it’s also the most stressful, as all it takes is one little upset to send my bracket into a tailspin. The same holds true when it comes to your grooming game. Finding the right personal care products can be a shoot and miss. So before game day is here, we’re here to help you find the items you need to stay fresh and clean before the jump ball.
Now I know what you’re thinking.. “Hey, I use soap, what more do I need?” Sorry guys, but it’s time to expand your personal care regimen beyond functional hygiene and get something that celebrates your true character and what makes you unique.
I’m personally a big fan of Unilever’s Men’s grooming products, which include AXE, Degree, Suave Men, and Dove Men + Care. They’ve got a wide variety of scents to choose from, all the products work great, and they won’t break the bank. They’re also the Official Men’s Personal Care Products of the NCAA®.
I’ve been using AXE products since college, and they’re constantly adding new products and scents that work great and smell amazing. I highly recommend AXE Body Wash (Apollo is my favorite), AXE Body Spray (to stay fresh on the go) and AXE Styling (to keep your hair looking on point all day long).
Degree Advanced Protection Deodorant is a must as well, as it provides powerful sweat and odor protection with a fresh fragrance, no matter what life throws your way.. even if it’s a last-minute loss at the buzzer.
I’m confident that once you see and feel the benefits of their products, you will realize these brands make the perfect starting lineup for your grooming and hygiene needs.
If you’re ready to improve your personal grooming game, Target has some pretty sweet offers for you to take advantage of now and in the coming weeks:
- From 3/11 – 3/17, buy any four AXE, Degree Men, Dove Men+Care or Suave Men products, and you’ll receive a $5 Target Gift Card.
- From 3/18 – 3/24, score 15% off any AXE, Dove Men + Care, Suave Men or Degree Men product when you use the Cartwheel app.
- From 3/25 – 4/7, score 10% off any AXE, Dove Men + Care, Suave Men or Degree Men product when you use the Cartwheel app.
So what are you waiting for? Head down to your local Target and take advantage of these killer deals before it’s too late! And let us know which product(s) you ended up buying in the comments.
New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Goes Undercover As Head & Shoulders Massage Therapist
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. picked up a little side gig, working as a Head & Shoulders massage therapist, much to the surprise of his fans.
Actually, Head & Shoulders’ new mane man pulled off a hilarious prank, going undercover at the Shoulders of Greatness Spa as a massage therapist. Odell surprised some of his fans with scalp and shoulder massages to help relieve the pressures they carry on their shoulders.
Watch as Beckham rubs them down and goes on and on about how his fans have “shoulders of greatness” and “really nice scalps” before revealing his true identity and making the day of some of his biggest fans! Seriously, how great is that?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Head & Shoulders, but all opinions are my own.
Say Goodbye To Shaving Nicks And Cuts With Glyder Styptic Balm
Shaving technology has advanced pretty far since the introduction of the straight razor, but it is still no walk in the park. Not only that, but unless you work as a lumberjack, you probably need to shave regularly in order to professional.
Shaving means risking all kinds of horrors.. Electric razors never give you a clean enough shave, leaving you with no choice but to risk turning your face into a labyrinth of bloody cuts, even if you’ve got the steady hands of a surgeon. The best you could hope for was to use a chalky, evil-smelling styptic pencil to get some relief.
The days of plastering little squares of toilet paper all over your face are over. Glyder Styptic Balm, the best shaving care product you never knew you needed, is here to save you from the horrors of blood on your shirt collar or from smelling like the inside of a medicine cabinet.
Using the same antihemorrhagic agents that that make styptic pencils work, Glyder stops your bleeding in its tracks without that awful smell or chalky feel. Loaded with all-natural skin soothing substances like Argan Oil, Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera, Glyder doesn’t just keep you from getting bloody – it helps repair the damage you just did to your face in a way that’s scientifically proven. It’s also a lot more hygienic than a roll of toilet paper!
Save Your Face with Glyder
Nobody thinks about the beating men’s faces go through. Years of pummeling your skin on a daily basis can leave your face looking like it’s made out of shoe leather, and unless you’re Robert Redford that’s not a look everyone can pull off. Plus, do you really want to look like you lost a fight with an angry badger?
You can short-circuit all that garbage with Glyder. Combining styptic agents with skin-soothers and making it easy to apply with a balm that feels clean on your skin and doesn’t make you smell awful, Glyder not only stops bleeding caused by shaving nicks and cuts but protects your face in the long run.
So Glyder must be some super-expensive product that only the most affluent can afford, right? Think again – it’s just $9.99, available straight from the company. Glyder even throws in free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
So what are you waiting for, try out Glyder for yourself today!