Does your morning shave extract more blood than a Red Cross drive? Razor burn, bumps and irritation a predictable part of your day?
You aren’t alone. In a 2011 medical survey, nearly 45% of the men who answered said they had sensitive, up to very sensitive skin. This could be because of your skincare routine, or even the way you shave your face. Or, in some cases, you may truly have clinically sensitive skin.
Never fear! The Grooming Lounge is here to help pinpoint what’s going on with your touchy skin challenges. In this article, we also provide you professional tools and techniques -- straight from our Barbers’ noggins -- that you can use right at home to help soothe and heal your sensitive and irritated skin problems.
Short on time? Don’t dash off the page until you read this quick tip! While it may not be great for our business, the truth is that for many guys, shaving every day is just too tough on their skin. For those sensitive types, take a day or two off between "blading." A little scruff is infinitely better than a lot of irritation or a face speckled with pieces of Charmin.
As we stated before, around 45% of men report having sensitive skin. Surprisingly, these men believe that skin irritation, regular breakouts, ingrown hairs and bleeding while shaving are a reflection of their skin type. However, they don’t usually stop to consider if it might be their shaving tools or routine.
As the barbers at our elite Barbershops explain, “Often, men don’t necessarily have sensitive skin. They’re just not aware of the best tools for shaving. They also don’t know that their shaving technique could be causing problems for their skin.”
(In case you’re curious, we’ve taken the insights of our professional Barbers and outlined the path to The Greatest Shave Ever in a handy guide.)
If you’re following a good skincare regimen -- daily gentle cleansing, daily moisturizing and weekly exfoliation -- but you still have skin issues crop up, there are only a couple things that could be causing it:
So, what do dermatologists look for when diagnosing sensitive skin? Here’s a quick description of a few clinical sensitive skin categories. There are several more categories and diagnoses than we can outline in a single article. Generally the following bullets cover the most prevalent clinical sensitive skin issues and symptoms:
For many people reading this article, they will not fit the categorizations bulleted above. Instead, you’ll simply find that your normal skincare and shaving rituals are just not the right fit for you and causing skin challenges as a result.
How can you discern the difference? Read the tips and insights below from our elite Barbershops about men’s daily skincare and shaving. Make a few easy changes to your routine, and see if things improve. For the majority of men, this will solve the problem in a matter of weeks, if not days!
If you still find after changing things up that you still have symptoms of sensitive skin, it may be time to go see a Dermatologist. Having the right routine can help soothe symptoms of clinically sensitive skin, but they will not cure the problem alone. Combining our routine tips with seeing a skin doctor can help take you that extra mile to getting the radiant, handsome mug that you want and deserve.
As we’ve mentioned throughout this article, the listed techniques, tips, and even many of the tools can work for both those who simply need to upgrade their skin or shaving routine, and for those with clinically sensitive skin.
Cleanse Your Skin Gently, Every Morning and Every Night:
Do not use that Irish Spring soap you bought from a corner store. Invest in a gentle foaming or gel skin cleanser that is free from irritants, scent and alcohol. Like our Grooming Lounge Mug Cleaner Face Wash, or Urth Face Wash. Both of these help to cleanse the skin, without stripping it of all the good stuff it needs to stay healthy.
Again, the key to a good moisturizer is to grab one that is formulated without irritants, perfumes or scents, and has zero alcohol. The key is that it should be gentle and work for combination skin. Most people with sensitive or irritated skin problems waver back and forth between patches of dry scaly skin, and oily slick skin. A good moisturizer will help balance both. Here’s our top recommended day moisturizer, and here’s our top recommended night moisturizer. Remember, healthy skin has the right amount of moisture to prevent dry skin (which doesn’t fully protect your nerve endings), and also prevents the skin from making excess sebum (oil).
Shaving in and of itself acts as a surface-exfoliant, because it scrapes off dead skin cells and removes hair. However, it’s good to exfoliate your skin at least once a week with a very gentle scrub or mask. There’s a lot of excess dead skin cells, oil and deeply embedded dirt beyond the first layer of your dermis. A scrub and/or mask can help you get all that nasty stuff out of your skin and let it breathe. If you’re looking for a good mask we have a separate guide for that.Get Plenty of Sleep: your skin repairs itself while you sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep it shows with baggy dark eye circles, “tired” looking skin, more fine lines, and often even breakouts. Make sure you’re getting a solid 6-8 hours if you want your skin in tip-top shape.
Stay Hydrated: irritated and/or sensitive skin is typically extremely thirsty. It’s like it can’t get enough moisture. While you can help combat that with a daily and nightly moisturizer, it’s also important you make a point to get enough water in a given day. Plus, you’ll feel more energized and have better clarity of thought throughout your day. A good indicator is if your pee is yellow all the time, you are likely dehydrated and need to drink more water.
As an added bonus to following these tips, you’ll also find that you’re proactively fighting the aging process. Having a good skincare routine is about more than having clear, radiant skin. It’s a vital part of your everyday health, as well as your confidence. When you feel good about the face you show the world, you free up your mind and emotions to make better decisions and connections. Isn’t that worth 15 minutes of your day?
Get The Greatest Shave Ever:
Learn the exact process that the Grooming Experts at the Grooming Lounge Barbershops use to provide the closest and irritation-free shaves to politicians, celebrities, and men just like you. You don’t have to be in Washington, D.C. or Virginia to get this amazing shave -- just watch this video to learn how you can do this at home!