Expert Tips to Prevent Breakouts After Shaving

Expert Tips to Prevent Breakouts After Shaving
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm a woman, and I recently started shaving my face to remove some peach fuzz. However, I've noticed that I'm now having a lot of breakouts. Why is this happening? I'm wondering if maybe women shouldn't shave their cheeks and upper lip area?

Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


It's not uncommon for shaving to cause skin irritation and breakouts, especially for those with sensitive skin. There are several reasons why this might be happening to you. Firstly, shaving can irritate the skin, leading to inflammation and breakouts. Secondly, when hairs are cut at an angle during shaving, they can sometimes grow back into the skin, causing ingrown hairs which can further exacerbate the problem. Additionally, if the razor is not clean or if the skin is not properly cleansed before shaving, it can lead to infection and breakouts. Finally, shaving can also cause pores to become clogged with oil, dirt, and dead skin cells, which can result in acne breakouts.


However, it's important to understand that women can indeed shave their face if they choose to. It's simply a matter of doing so correctly and taking proper care of the skin before, during, and after shaving. Here are some tips to help minimize breakouts:


Before shaving, make sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove any dirt, oil, and makeup. This will help to prevent clogged pores and reduce the risk of breakouts.

Use a clean, sharp razor to shave. Dull razors can cause more irritation and are more likely to cause nicks and cuts, which can lead to infection and breakouts. It's also a good idea to replace your razor regularly to ensure that it remains sharp and clean.

Shave in the direction of hair growth to minimize irritation and reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. Shaving against the grain can cause the hair to be cut too short, which can increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs and irritation.

After shaving, be sure to moisturize your skin to help soothe any irritation and keep your skin hydrated. Look for a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic, meaning that it won't clog pores.

Additionally, exfoliating regularly can help to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts. However, be gentle when exfoliating, as scrubbing too hard can irritate the skin and make breakouts worse.

If you continue to experience severe breakouts or if you have any further concerns, Kindly please feel free to schedule an appointment for personalized advice and treatment recommendations.




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