The Risks Of Shaving Your Face If You Don't Properly Prep

If we would have asked our younger selves if we thought we'd be shaving our faces when we were older, chances are, we would have laughed off the idea. However, taking a razor to your face isn't uncommon at all. Every one of us has facial hair, and a razor is one of the products available that can help us lessen it, if we'd like. 


All of us love soft skin that glows, which is why at-home dermaplaning has become such a popular activity. But because DIY dermaplaning has become such a popular way to smooth our skin and exfoliate our faces, there are some things to consider before taking the razor to your face.

There are two types of hair on our faces that cause us to invest in hair removal. If you look at your face in the light, you may notice some fine hair around your upper lip, chin, and cheeks. This is called vellus hair, which is light and gives the appearance of peach fuzz. Terminal hair is a little more distinct. This is darker, thicker hair that women find on their chins, upper lips, and necks. The good news is that shaving your face can remove both types of hair effectively as long as you are preparing your face well before shaving.


The risks of not prepping your face

Cleveland Clinic explains that dermaplaning is a safe activity, but it can potentially cause several issues for your face if you're not well-prepared.

One of the most important things to do before shaving is inspect your skin to make sure you're a good candidate. If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or severe acne, you shouldn't attempt shaving your face at home as this can irritate your condition and make it worse, per West Dermatology.


Because our faces absorb so many irritants, bacteria has been known to cause infections after shaving in skin that is not properly prepared. In addition, if you shave too quickly or shave before properly inspecting your skin, you could cause scarring. Some ways to mitigate these risks include making sure your razor is sharp enough, using a razor designated for your face only, and shaving very gently to avoid irritating or cutting your skin (via BeBeautiful). Additionally, you'll want to prep your skin properly.

Ways to prepare your skin for shaving

The good news is that shaving your face is an excellent way to care for your skin if you properly prepare. Skin Kraft recommends starting the process by washing your face with your cleanser and exfoliating gently before a razor even touches your skin. Consider amplifying the hydration of your skin and softening your hair follicles by holding a warm, damp wash cloth to your face for a few minutes. Next, carefully glide your razor in the places you desire to be hair-free. Immediately after shaving your face, gently moisturize thoroughly, so that your skin can heal and soak in the benefits from the dermaplane experience.


While there are some cons to face-shaving at home, if you properly prepare your skin, you are likely to experience many benefits. Healthline explains that those who shave their face experience skin that feels very clean and debris-free. In addition, your self confidence will soar knowing that your face is free of hair.