By The Men’s Health Style Team
Shave irritation is preventable, no matter what kind or how it appears. The key lies in finding the source and getting the right tools to fix it.
First, be sure your technique is correct: Start with a shave oil and use short strokes moving with the grain, never against it. That will leave a small part of the hair shaft at the skin surface so it won’t become trapped underneath and cause painful ingrown hairs. This is especially prevalent in men with coarse, curly beard hair.
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For guys with this specific hair type, look for brands that offer safety razors which are equipped with a double-ended blade that does the job with less irritation.
Guys with straight hair who develop a rash-like irritation after shaving should try an extra-sensitive aftershave lotion.
Alternatively, blades aren’t the only way to shave. Electric models use foil blades that trim hair at the skin’s surface without shaving too close.