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How do I shave my facial hair with a razor blade?

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Follow these steps for a smooth shave:

  • Wet your beard with warm water.
  • Put a shaving gel or cream -- not soap -- on your face. It should make a lather.
  • Start by shaving the sides of your face.
  • Use short, slow strokes and pull the razor in the direction your beard grows.
  • Don't g back over the area you've already shaved. Going back can scrape the skin and cause razor burn.
  • Rinse the blade under running water after every two or three strokes.
  • Shave the area under your chin and at the top of your neck last.
  • After you're done, rinse your face with cold water to soothe the skin.

From: Facial Hair FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Understanding Puberty."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "The Growing Child: Adolescent (13 to 18 Years)."

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Shaving," "Hygiene Basics," "What Can I Do to Prevent Razor Burn?"

Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology: "Secondary Characteristics."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "Teen FAQ."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Men's skin Care."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 06, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Understanding Puberty."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "The Growing Child: Adolescent (13 to 18 Years)."

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Shaving," "Hygiene Basics," "What Can I Do to Prevent Razor Burn?"

Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology: "Secondary Characteristics."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "Teen FAQ."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Men's skin Care."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 06, 2017

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