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What is the proper way to shave?

Cybele Fishman, MD
Dermatology
Tips for shaving your legs: don't exfoliate that day; don't dry shave; wait a few minutes in shower before shaving; and shave in the direction of hair growth. Watch dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD, share her guidelines for the perfect shave.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here’s how we recommend a good shave, whether you’re taking care of your
face, legs, or other areas:

  • Rinse the area with warm water, then press a warm washcloth against for a minute or two (to help soften up hairs to be shaved).
  • Shave with short strokes in the direction of hair growth (not against the grain); don’t pull the skin and make sure to use a sharp razor every time.
  • Aftershaves are okay to use (unless they cause a burning or tingling sensation that’s too uncomfortable); you can also try a moisturizer instead.
  • If you experience razor burns (tiny bumps of inflammation), you may want a lotion like bacitracin (or antibiotic lotion clindamyacin) to ease inflammation.
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