In episode Dear DermDr. Gohara mentions that as a “very hairy person” she shaves every day, although this is not necessary. However, she chooses a razor with less, not better.
“First, don’t use a razor that has a lot of blades,” says Dr. Gohara. “Just one or two blades because it minimizes irritation. And number two: always remember when you really shave to use shaving cream. ”
I now have enough scaly dry shaving to know how much is needed to prevent strawberry legs. But if you’re the one who chooses razors with three to five blades (and, frankly, that’s basically what’s on offer), it’s crazy to think we could keep it simple all the time. In fact, when I met Nava Greenfield, MD, of the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York, she generally agreed with Dr. Gohara’s advice that the best type of razor is not necessarily one with a trillion blades.
“It depends on your skin,” says Dr. Greenfield. “For some skin types, it’s best to use a single-blade razor if you’re prone to ingrown hairs.”
Most importantly, according to Dr. Greenfield, you don’t use the same dirty blade over and over. If you don’t, you can get a bacterial infection called folliculitis, in which bacteria cause inflammation around the hair follicles. Likewise, if your skin is prone to ingrown hairs, you can also get bumps if the razor cuts too close to your skin. Typically, hair does not grow back properly, causing painful ingrown hairs that are difficult to heal.
“Change the blade after every shave, make sure the blade is clean before using it, and don’t shave any cuts or sores on the skin that can slow the healing process and even leave some scars,” says Dr. Greenfield. …
Quite right. This means you might want to use multi-blade bags or cartridges to avoid using the same blade a trillion times. You can stock up on a pack of 100 Taconic Shave 2-Blade Lube Stripe Cartridges ($ 28) if you want to use refills. And FWIW, the Gilette Daisy Women’s Disposable Razors ($ 13) have always been my mainstay. In terms of shaving cream, Dr. Gohara recommends Dr. Carver’s Shaving Oil, a super-smooth, pleasantly scented ointment that costs just $ 7.
Ultimately, we respect if you continue to use whichever number of blades suits you best (or if you let your leg hair grow long and luscious). But if your ingrown hair is getting in your way, it might be time to upgrade to the classic twins set.
Want to know more about silky skin? Check out Dr. Gohara’s shower regimen:
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