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Facial Hair FAQ

How do I take care of my razor?

You need to be sure the blade you use is sharp and clean. If you use a dull blade it can lead to:

  • an uneven shave
  • redness and blotches
  • patches of unshaved hair
  • scraped-off patches of skin

Dirty razor blades can irritate the skin and cause infections. So always rinse the blade well after shaving. Never borrow someone else's used razor.

How can I avoid irritation from shaving?

Here's how to get the best results with the least amount of irritation:

  • Change the blade or use a new disposable razor after every five to seven shaves.
  • Razors with two or more blades give the smoothest shaves.
  • Razors that have a moveable head make it easier for you to follow the shape of your face as you shave.

What is razor burn?

Razor burn is a skin irritation. It can be caused by:

  • Shaving without water.
  • Shaving without shaving gel or cream.
  • Using a dull blade.
  • Shaving against the direction the hair is growing.
  • Applying a heavily perfumed aftershave if you have very sensitive skin.

The best way to treat razor burn is to wait an extra day -- or even an extra week -- before your next shave. That gives your skin a chance to heal.

What if I cut my face while shaving?

It's normal to cut or nick your face from time to time.

If you cut your face every time you shave, though, you are probably using too much pressure. Or it may be time to change your blade.

When you cut yourself while shaving, use a clean tissue or cloth and apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding.

Can a teen grow a beard?

Yes. But you may have to be patient if you want to grow one. Depending on how thick your facial hair is, it could take up to two or three months before a beard grows in fully.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on December 07, 2013
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