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Shaving Tips for Teen Guys

Guys, now that you’re hitting puberty, you might notice your facial hair starting to come in. You’ll also start seeing hair grow in places that you’ve never seen hair before -- under your armpits, around your groin, on your belly, and on your chest (maybe even on your back). All the extra hair is the result of hormones called androgens, which kick in at puberty.

Unless you’re the "mountain man" type, it’s probably time to consider shaving your face. In our society, shaving with a razor is the most common way of removing facial hair. Here are some shaving tips just for teen guys:

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Shaving Tip 1: When to Start Shaving

First, talk to some men in your family -- perhaps your father, or an older brother who has already started shaving -- and ask them if you are ready. You should start shaving when you decide that you have enough hair growth on your face to actually shave off. You'll notice darker hairs forming on your chin and around your upper lip.

Shaving Tip 2: What Type of Razor to Use

You need to find a razor that is safe and that works well for you. Get your dad, mom, or older sibling to take you to a drugstore or discount store. You’ll find two popular types of razors: electric and manual. An electric razor usually has a cord attached, although many come in a rechargeable, cordless design. A disposable razor usually has several blades stacked one on top of the other, which can provide you with a very clean shave. Here are some details about each type:

  • Electric razors. Electric razors are convenient. But many models do not shave as close as the disposable razors. If you select an electric razor, choose one that has flexible heads to conform to the contours of your face. Some electric razors dispense lubricants that help soften and protect your skin. But be aware that an electric razor can still irritate your skin. Take time to find one that’s right for you.
  • Disposable razors. If you choose a disposable razor, you will need some type of shaving cream or gel to apply to your face before shaving. These creams and gels lubricate your face and help reduce the risk of nicking or cutting your skin. There are many creams and gels to choose from. Some include moisturizers and vitamins to help keep your face from drying out. Experiment with several creams and gels to find the one that’s right for your face.


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