Treat Your Skin In Advance To Avoid Irritation When Shaving

Treat Your Skin In Advance To Avoid Irritation When Shaving
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When you have even remotely sensitive skin, shaving can irritate it like nothing else. If you want to get rid of the hair, however, you don’t have a lot of other options. Most people try to repair the damage of shaving afterwards, but Redditor johadalin suggests more preventative measures.

Photo by Michael Gil

Try preparing before the shave rather than treating after.

Use moisturiser the night before, and then again in the morning before getting into a nice hot shower. Shave on coming out of the shower. With the grain first, then against the grain as a second run. Done.

Basically, if your skin causes the problem, fix your skin first.

How to get rid of irritation after shaving? [Reddit]


  • Moisturiser works well as a shaving cream. A Shaving oil (which you can get in the supermarket) is best, I think, after many years of trying different products for sensitive skin.

  • when i use creams moisturizers, butters you name it. it makes my skin too soft!. all I do now is exfoliate in the morning, then in the evening I shave dry in the shower. never get irritation. wwho would have thunk putting chemicals on your face wouldnt help 😉

  • Guys? Guys?… Time to man up here and grow a pair! We’re talking about skin moisturising for fucks sake!

    And once again, who’s behind this article? The marketing guys at Johnson and Johnson? Next someone will be suggesting that we all go out and buy crayolas to use as size and colour indicator markers for our eBay photos…

    So, anyone catch the cricket last night…?

    • You’ve obviously never had any skin problems from shaving. As someone who has had of skin literally peeling off your face for days after shaving….it’s not a pleasant experience.

      My advice is, shave after having a shower and shave regularly – if you need to trim…you’ve waited too long. Moisturise after shaving.

    • I concur.

      Man up Australia and grow a pair, beard, or with November around the corner perhaps a ‘stache.

  • Using oil is a good tip, but also you must make sure that the blades are sharp. They’re designed for about 5 to 8 uses, and after that, they go dull. Yes, it’s how the blade makers make their money… but dull blades will also cut your face up and make any irritation worse.
    What works for me is to heat my face with hot water, massage shave oil into my beard (I use Clarins for Men shave oil – expensive, but it’s the bees knees), shave, then shower. I then use a face wash (Neutrogena soap is good) to close the pores up and stop everything smarting.
    Then moisturise. But with a reasonable quality moisturiser, not the cheapest you can find. Keeps everything feeling smooth and not all red and lumpy.

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