Whether you’re experiencing breakouts, bumps or irritation, shaving with acne can be daunting. Unfortunately, this is a daily reality for many people. Studies show that between 40 and 50 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 40 battle with acne and greasy skin. Shaving with acne can be difficult, but there are ways to make the process easier. 

Here are a few ways to make shaving with acne-prone skin less painful.

1. Clean your face

First things first, wash your face! Washing your face should always be the first step in your shaving routine. Use warm water and a gentle cleanser to soften your facial hair and wash away bacteria from your skin.

2. Choose the right products

Choosing the best products for your skin can make a huge difference in how comfortable your shave is. If you have acne prone skin, you’ll want to be generous with the amount of shaving cream you apply to your face. Shaving cream can provide a cushion between the blade and your skin, helping to reduce friction. If you don’t apply enough cream, you could shave too close to your skin, which can lead to redness and irritation. 

Another option is applying a non-comedogenic pre-shave oil to your face (aka an oil that won’t clog your pores).  Even a small amount can help your razor glide easily on your skin. 

3. Choose the right razor

Once your face is prepped, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right razor. A razor with multiple blades could break open your acne, causing bacteria to spread. A single blade razor or an electric razor may be a better option. 

Most importantly, shave in the direction your hair grows! You might think you’re getting a closer shave by going against the grain, but this is actually more harmful to your skin. 

4. Be gentle

Go easy, especially in areas of your skin that are experiencing an acne flareup. Shave gently and let your razor do the work. Be careful not to cut your skin when you shave over breakouts. 

5. Keep your skin and razor clean

After you’re done shaving, clean your razor to get rid of any lingering bacteria on the blade. 

And last, but certainly not least, wash your face with water to remove excess shave oil and cream from your skin. Washing your face after you shave can help prevent future acne breakouts. 

Shaving with acne doesn’t have to be a dreaded task. If you follow a proper shave routine, you’ll be surprised by the results..