Which Razor Is Best For Sensitive Skin?

Which Razor Is Best For Sensitive Skin?

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There is one in three guys who undergo skin irritation once they’ve shaved.

Published by Naked Armor

Almost half of all Americans have sensitive skin.

Breaking that down, what that means for the male half of the population, is that there is one in three guys who undergo skin irritation once they’ve shaved.

Considering that you are reading this post, you’re most likely one of these guys.

It sucks to have sensitive skin, especially when you are so eager to get on with your first shave but it is what it is: Life throws you a punch, you just have to roll with it.

Why is this so?

Experts don’t know for certain because there is a lot of stuff about skin sensitivity that they still don’t know about. Most of us think that skin irritation is when our skin turns red in response to getting in contact with a skincare product. But according to dermatologists, skin irritation is a catch-all term for just about any reason that your skin is flaring up.

Sensitive skin is more about easily inflamed skin that’s more reactive to certain ingredients or products. Allergic skin reactions can happen to anyone, not just someone with sensitive skin.”, said dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu, MD of the Derm Institute in California.
That being said, skin irritation affects men and women in different ways.

We are more sensitive than women.

A man’s skin is predispositioned to be a lot thicker than a woman’s because of our male hormones, but this does not mean that it’s tougher. In reality, our skin actually makes us more sensitive to ultraviolet rays.
Scientists call this condition as photosensitivity. Regular unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays breaks down the skin proteins, causing redness and stinging. This is why there is a greater percentage of men being diagnosed with skin cancers than women; it’s also the culprit behind why men tend to age faster.

We tend to dry out easily.

If there is anyone who should never forget about moisturizing, it should be us, men. Yes, our skin may be thick and tough, but we are also naturally drier than a woman’s. Exposed to extreme environmental conditions, our facial skin easily cracks and flakes.
Nature offsets this by making men secrete sebum four times as much as women. Sebum is an oily substance produced by our skin’s oil glands to help lubricate the skin. Unfortunately, it makes men susceptible to large pores and acne.

So, should men be concerned about sensitive skin?

Now, if that last piece of info moved you more than the idea of self-hygiene, you’d probably be raring to go out right now and head to the store to get your razor. But first, you gotta learn what will work best for you.

Our skin, while it may look smooth to the naked eye, is actually a rough terrain, microscopically speaking. This means that there will be hills and valleys on the skin layer. When one shaves, the blade runs through this uneven surface, creating friction. The friction is what usually causes the irritation. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll get more than twice the normal degree of irritation.

So the goal here is to minimize the irritation. And that means preparing your skin very well and choosing the best razor to shave with.

A safety razor has a shorter learning curve than a straight razor. You don’t need to watch a lot of YouTube videos in order to use it.

— D'Rock, Naked Armor Founder

Be Safe with a Safety Razor.

If your sensitive skin is a newbie to shaving, then your best bet would be a safety razor. A double edged safety razor can give you a close and clean shave without as much fuss as a straight razor.

It’s also hygienic than a multi-blade cartridge disposable. Because there are no multiple blades lying closely beside each other, there will be no hair, skin or oil stuck in between the blades. And since we all know that acne results from follicles clogged with sebum and dead skin cells, you won’t get an acne blow-out after shaving with a safety razor.

The beauty of a safety razor’s single blade is that it does not irritate. Multiple-blade disposables actually damage your skin because the blades are scratching the skin repeatedly. It can also lead to a lot of ingrown hairs which are painful.

There’s also a practical benefit to using a safety razor. The replacement blades are less expensive and you don’t have to buy them as often as you would with a disposable cartridge razor. And because it’s usually made of metal or some other form of durable material other than plastic, you’re not contributing to the plastic pollution that’s making a mess out of our environment.

Or take a leap and use a Straight Razor.

Of course, if you’re feeling brave enough, there’s always the straight razor. It’s the ultimate accessory for the discerning man of quality. Straight razors are at the pinnacle of the razor pantheon. It’s the only tool that will give you the best closest shave possible.

That being said, I should also warn you. Wielding a straight razor requires great skill. Sure, it’s a single blade, but it comes with a very keen and sharp blade. You’re more likely to cut through your acne or leave a trail of nicks on your chin if you do not have the skill to handle it.

But if you are skilled enough, a straight razor can very well do the job for you. Because of the way it is designed-a single blade, folded into a handle- you can shave it at a very gentle angle. Because it’s very sharp, it will only require the lightest of touch against the skin. You don’t need to exert hard pressure here.

My sensible advice: Stick to the Safety Razor.

When you’re a newbie, getting a clean shave is what matters. Well that, and because you also want to have a love life as quickly as possible.

A safety razor has a shorter learning curve than a straight razor. You don’t need to watch a lot of YouTube videos in order to use it.

More importantly, it will give you a level of precision that a disposable won’t. And because it requires fewer passes, it will result in a better shave without irritating your sensitive skin.

Here at Naked Armor, our Spartacus Sandalwood Safety Razor Kit has been crafted to provide a luxurious shaving experience for men with sensitive skin like yours. It comes with a Badger-friendly shaving brush, organic shaving soap and the Spartacus Safety Razor which is made from high-grade Japanese stainless steel and sandalwood.

Why settle for an ordinary safety razor when you can have the ultimate in luxury shaving?

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1 comment

  • Danie

    Yes I can vouch for a safety razor being far better. I struggled for nearly three decades with ingrown hairs from shaving with cartridge razors, and I was going ever more expensive with more blades, until I discovered safety razors. The hairs would stay inflames for weeks on end. Within about a week to 10 days of switching, I had no more ingrown hairs. I was totally converted then, and just wish I’d known about this back in my teen years.

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