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Improper shaving methods can lead to serious skin irritations like pseudofolliculitis barbae, more commonly called razor bumps. Many men know the feeling of razor burn on their faces and can attest that it’s extremely uncomfortable, especially during a time where masks are being worn consistently. If you’re wondering how to prevent razor burn and obtain a smooth, clean shave each time, take a look at some of our recommended best shaving techniques for men below.

How to Prevent Razor Bumps 

There are some myths out there surrounding the best ways to prevent razor burn, one of which claims that shaving more frequently is the key. This, unfortunately, isn’t true. While shaving often isn’t a problem, constantly shaving incorrectly will only worsen your symptoms. 

The key to preventing pseudofolliculitis barbae, or razor bumps, is to practice proper shaving techniques. There are many ways you can go about shaving your face, but the most efficient is the wet shave method:

Step 1: Exfoliate/Cleanse

Be sure to wash and exfoliate your skin prior to shaving. Razor bumps form from hair follicles that get trapped under layers of skin. Applying a gentle exfoliant and cleanser before shaving will help remove the dead skin cells sitting on your face to limit razor burn. 

Step 2: Apply Shaving Gel

Many men assume that shaving gel is unnecessary, but it isn’t if you want a smooth shave. Shaving gel will hydrate the skin and hairs allowing your razor to glide right over the area. 

Step 3: Shave in the Direction of Hair Growth    

The direction in which you shave and the sharpness of the blade also affects your chances of developing razor bumps. In order to prevent skin irritation caused by shaving, use a fresh, sharp blade each time you shave. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to replace your razor after each use. Proper razor maintenance can help prolong the life of your blades for continued use. 

While shaving, remember to guide your razor in the direction that your hair naturally grows. This will limit the damage to your skin that is often caused by pulling and tugging at hair follicles.     

Step 4: Rinse Your Blades

Rinsing your razor blades in between each stroke will significantly improve the quality of your shave. Leaving built-up shaving gel and hair in your razor won’t allow for a clean shave. Because of this, it’s important to rinse your blades in between swipes.

Step 5: Apply a Moisturizer 

Aftercare is extremely important in preventing razor bumps from forming. We recommend washing your face after shaving with cool water, pat to dry, and apply a face moisturizer. 

Step 6: Dry and Store Your Razor

Take care of your razor to ensure it continues to function efficiently. Be sure to store your razor away where it will remain dry to prevent rust and keep it in a safe place. 

Shaving Waivers for Men with Sensitive Skin

Shaving properly can help reduce skin irritation and improve razor burn symptoms, but this doesn’t always prevent pseudofolliculitis barbae from being an issue. Shaving less often typically alleviates some of the issues caused by razor bumps, but some professions require men to shave quite frequently. Complying with specific job requirements such as this may be difficult for some men. In this instance, the man would require a shaving waiver from a medical professional licensed in their state, recommending that they reduce the frequency in which they shave.

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    Our shaving waiver policy is as follows: i. No waiver is issued without a video/audio visit with one of our licensed doctors. ii. A $49.99 administration fee is required for all waivers. This covers the time to prepare all documents for you to submit to your HR/Compliance department. iii. If we are in network with your insurance, we will attempt to bill the insurance plan for the doctor's time to conduct the video visit. Due to federal laws we cannot unilaterally waive co-pays. If we are in network with your insurance and your insurance plan has a certain co-pay we will attempt to collect that from you. iv. If we do not get paid by insurance, OR you have no insurance we will not place any additional financial responsibility (other than the admin fee above) on the person receiving the shaving waiver. Please note that it may take up to 2 business days to receive the waiver.

    If your HR department requires the shaving waiver letter to be signed by a dermatologist, before you pay, please call us at 888-224-0804 and we'll refer you to a dermatologist.

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    November 9, 2021

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