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Men's Grooming: Shaving (2)

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       Continue shaving with short passes until you've removed all of the facial hair you wish, then rewet the towel you used at the beginning to soften your whiskers using cold water and wipe away any remaining residue of shaving cream. The use of cold water will soothe any irritation you may have experienced and will tighten the pores of the skin.
 
       If during the shave you happen to nick yourself, you should use a cotton ball or wad of bathroom tissue with alcohol and press it to the cut. This will disinfect the cut and help to stop the bleeding.
 
       Follow up your shave with your choice of aftershave balms or skin moisturizers to keep the skin soft.
 
       Some men, particularly African-American men, have a problem with shaving even with electric razors. Their curly hair type makes them prone to ingrown hairs in great numbers when shaving. For these men, it is recommended that they use a depilatory cream or powder to remove the unwanted facial hair. There are a number of manufacturers who make such products specifically for men, which are designed especially for use on the more sensitive skin of the face.
 
       If you do develop an ingrown hair after shaving, use a topical cream containing hydrocortisone on the affected area. The hydrocortisone will help to shrink the inflamed tissue and relieve the itching associated with the ingrown hair. If the ingrown hair does not clear up after a few days of this treatment (or if it appears to get larger or more painful) consult your physician. In some cases, ingrown hairs could become infected and result in scarring or pitting of the skin.
 
Stacy - Hair Stylist     ©Hairfinder.com
 
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