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How should a guy shave when he has acne?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

If you are a guy with acne, shaving can feel like an Olympic event as you adeptly avoid nicking the moguls on your face and neck. Here are some tips to minimize nicks and help you get a gold-medal shave:

• If you like using a razorblade, always use a sharp one so it doesn’t get hung up on hairs, which can cause irritation. You may need to try a few brands before finding the one that works best for you.

• If you use a razorblade, apply a shaving cream. It helps the razor glide smoothly.

Whether you use an electric razor or a razor blade:

• Before you start shaving, soften the skin and hair with warm water. Some people like to do this in the shower.

• Don’t try and cut off the zit. Instead, navigate the terrain gently and do just one pass.

•Always go in the direction the hairs grow, with the grain, down not up.

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