The Risks of Shaving
Most of us have included shaving as part of our daily shower routine. We are so conscious about those extra hairs springing up on our face, arms, chest, or legs. Since razors provide instant hair removal, it becomes an in-demand product through generations. As of today, shaving is the most used hair removal method globally. Statistics revealed that 90% (estimated) of all adult males shave at least once a day, while women shave 1-2 times a week.
Common Side Effects Of Shaving
Though shaving is an effective method in unwanted hair removal, there are still side effects we should be aware of:
- Skin irritation
Razor does not really remove all the hair after shaving; hair is just cut off close to where it grows. Hair follicles continue to grow underneath your skin, causing those follicles to become irritated. This is the reason why you feel itchy after shaving.
To stop the irritation, you can apply hydrocortisone cream, warm compress, natural moisturizer, or white tea bags on the shaving bumps. Also, keep the skin uncovered until the itching sensation stops.
It is a common occurrence while shaving. The razor blade causes cuts. It happens when we move our skin parallel to the blade.
To stop the bleeding, you can dab the cut with a swab soaked in alcohol. Applying a piece of paper napkin onto the cut can also be an option.
- Razor burns
Razor burn is a skin irritation that is caused by shaving sensitive areas or not using the proper technique. The factors that trigger this burn include often shaving with a blunt blade, dry shaves, and applying too much pressure on the razor. It may appear as a mild rash, but it usually disappears after a few hours.
- Ingrown Hairs
Also called pseudofolliculitis, razor bumps are hairs that curl back and penetrate the skin. People who have curly hair commonly experience it. However, it can happen to anyone. In men, ingrown hair appears on the face area after shaving. In women, on the other hand, it usually crops up in their legs, underarms, and pubic region.
Pimples in the genital area (folliculitis) are potentially caused by shaving your pubic hair. When the hair starts growing back, it curls back towards the skin, irritating. It can resemble ingrown hair.
- Inflamed hair follicles
This is also a result of folliculitis. The repetitive use of the same razor over some time can cause by a bacterial or fungal infection. It appears as small red bumps or white-headed pimples around hair follicles. This infection can aggravate and turn into non-healing, crusty sores.
- Irritant contact dermatitis
It is the irritation of the skin due to the use of dull razors. Some chemicals in shaving creams can also increase your skin sensitivity. Consider applying n emollient facial cream as a post-shaving treatment. Also, opt out of multi-blade razors to help bypass irritation.
- Skin damage
Razors have direct contact with our skin while shaving, that’s why we can experience some damage to our skin, such as dryness and irritation.
Is there any effective hair removal method aside from shaving?
The answer is “Yes!”
One of the modern technologies in the cosmetic industry is the IPL Hair Removal Treatment. It is used to treat various skin conditions for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, including hair removal. IPL has been used for years and is proven safe and effective in removing unwanted hair permanently. Compared to other methods, IPL is more efficient in many ways.
Not everyone experiences the same side effects of shaving. Cases depend on how you shave, or what kind of razor you are using. However, if you will come to think of it, you are spending a certain amount of money buying razors just to get a temporary result. It’s not economical. With IPL, you are sure to get the most out of your investment. It’s not for us. It’s for you!
- Princess Marasigan