What Problems Can Shaving Cause?

by Jay Kang | Posted on January 29th, 2023

Are you considering shaving as a way to remove unwanted hair? Before jumping in, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks of this type of grooming.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most common problems that can arise from shaving and provide tips for avoiding them.

Young man grimaces as he hurts himself shaving or suffers from a skin sensitivity.

What Problems Can Shave Cause?

Shaving is a popular form of hair removal, but it’s important to be aware that there may be potential risks associated with it. We’ll look at itching, nicks and cuts, dry skin, razor burn, ingrown hairs, skin irritation, pseudofolliculitis barbecue, allergic reactions, and bacterial infections.

By understanding the potential risks involved in shaving, you can take steps to ensure your safety and make sure that your hair removal experience is a positive one.


Itching is one of the most common problems associated with shaving. This is because when you shave, your hair follicles become irritated and cause an itchy sensation. This can be especially bothersome when the hair begins to grow back.

Folliculitis is a common skin condition caused by bacteria that can lead to itching and red bumps near the hair follicles. Razor burn is another potential culprit, which appears as red areas on the skin and can be caused by an unclean or dull razor.

To avoid these issues, it is important to regularly clean your razor, shave in the direction of hair growth, and use a sharp blade. Additionally, using a moisturizer after shaving can help reduce irritation.

Nicks and Cuts

Nicks and cuts are common when shaving and can range in severity from a small nick that barely bleeds to a deep cut that requires medical attention. The cause of nicks and cuts is usually either a dull blade or too much pressure on the razor.

It is important to use a sharp blade and take time when shaving to prevent them. If you end up with a nick or cut, clean it thoroughly with warm water and soap, then apply an antiseptic cream or ointment.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common issue that can arise from shaving. As the razor removes the hair, it also removes the dead skin cells that are on the surface. Without these cells, the skin is left exposed and more vulnerable.

Furthermore, each shave leaves a thin layer of moisture on the skin, which can lead to further dryness. To prevent dry skin related to shaving, it is important to moisturize your skin before and after shaving, use a sharp razor, and avoid too frequent shaving.

Razor Burn

Razor burn is a common skin irritation caused by shaving. It usually appears as red and itchy areas on the skin and can be accompanied by tenderness and discomfort. It is often the result of dry shaving, using old razors, or shaving in the opposite direction than the hair grows.

To prevent razor burn, using a sharp blade and shaving with a light touch toward hair growth is important. Additionally, a good quality shave gel can help protect the skin from irritation and provide lubrication for a smoother shave. Applying an aftershave lotion or cream to the affected area can also help to soothe any discomfort or itching associated with razor burn.

Ingrown Hairs

hair ingrown or has grown back into the skin surface after shaving, cream or epilation (waxing), or hair removal. Different Types of Ingrown: From Pimple and Inflammation to trapped. structure of the skin with hair follicle.

Ingrown hairs can cause a lot of discomfort and embarrassment. They occur when hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin instead of growing outwards from the follicle. As the hair grows, it can cause inflammation and red bumps, known as razor bumps.

People with thick or curly hair are more likely to experience this type of ingrown hair. To avoid ingrown hairs, taking the right precautions, such as using a sharp razor and shaving against the grain, is important. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, using an exfoliating scrub before shaving can help to remove dead skin cells and prevent the hair follicles from becoming clogged.

Skin Irritation

Skin irritation is a common issue that can arise from shaving. This can include redness, rashes, razor burn, and bumps. Razor burn is a type of skin irritation caused by shaving friction. It appears as red areas on the skin that can be itchy and painful.

Different than a razor burn, razor bumps are small, puss-filled bumps caused when cut hair strands curl back and become ingrown in the skin. Pseudofolliculitis barbie is a condition that results from bacteria or fungal infections and causes tenderness, itchiness, and redness around the hair follicles.

To prevent these issues, it’s important to use a good quality razor with sharp blades and to keep the skin well moisturized before and after shaving.

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

Pseudofolliculitis barbae, more commonly known as shaving bumps, is a condition caused by hairs that curve back and re-enter or grow under the skin after shaving. This can lead to an inflammatory reaction resulting in itching, papules, and pustules.

Over time this can lead to keloidal scarring, which looks like hard bumps on the beard area and neck. The best way to prevent a pseudofolliculitis beard is to use a sharp razor when shaving, take short strokes, and avoid multiple passes over the same area.

Additionally, using an electric razor may help reduce irritation and inflammation. To further reduce the risk of developing pseudofolliculitis beard, it is important to be gentle when shaving and use a moisturizing aftershave product to soothe the skin.

Allergic Reactions

Shaving can lead to a variety of skin reactions, including allergic reactions. These reactions can be caused by products used to prepare the skin for shaving, such as pre-shave oils, shaving creams, and aftershave lotions.

In more severe cases, the reaction can be an anaphylactic shock which requires immediate medical attention. Allergic reactions to shaving products can cause redness, itching, swelling, and hives in various body areas.

If you experience any of these symptoms after shaving, you must consult with a doctor or dermatologist immediately to avoid further complications. Taking preventative measures using hypoallergenic products may help reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

Bacterial Infections

Shaving can also cause bacterial infections, such as folliculitis, which is caused by an infection with bacteria. Folliculitis is a common skin infection that can cause inflammation, itching, and a rash. In some cases, it can lead to other skin infections.

Staphylococcus aureus folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that may cause pus-filled lesions on the skin. To help prevent infections and other issues associated with shaving, it is important to use a clean razor, avoid sharing razors and disinfect any area that has been shaved before and after.

Preventative Measures and Conclusion

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to avoiding problems caused by shaving. Taking certain measures before and during the shaving process can help reduce the risk of skin irritation, nicks and cuts, and other issues.

It’s important to start with a clean razor and warm water, which can help soften the hair and open up the pores. Use a moisturizing, lubricating shave cream or gel to reduce friction and irritation further. Additionally, using a sharp razor that glides over the skin will help reduce the risk of nicks and cuts.

Finally, take your time shaving and use short strokes toward hair growth. These steps can help you achieve a safe and comfortable shave with minimal skin irritation.

Jay Kang

Just because i'm asian does not mean I don't need shaving. I always wanted to grow a beard when I was young, now I need to shave because hair growth for me is a problem. I'm going through what every man will and has gone through before.