What’s the difference between regular razors and electric razors?
According to board-certified dermatologist and Stryke Club co-founder Dr. Sheilagh Maguiness, electric razors are better than traditional shavers. “There are many benefits to shaving with an electric razor, especially for those with sensitive skin,” Dr. Maguiness says. “An electric razor grips and removes hair just a little above the skin’s surface, which is a safer way to remove hair than shaving with a traditional blade. Typical razor blades shave the hair right at the skin’s surface, which can lead to unintentional cuts or abrasions in the skin, as well as irritate the hair follicle.”
Do electric razors cause ingrown hairs?
Regular blades pose more of a risk for irritation, leading to many problems, including redness, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and “ultimately folliculitis, a mild bacterial infection within the hair follicle.” Dr. Maguiness advises using an electric razor to limit any mishaps. “Using an electric razor will pose less trauma to the hair follicle and therefore minimize those potential complications from shaving,” Dr. Maguiness says.
What does aftercare look like?
The most important way to prevent any irritation or ingrown hair is maintenance. “One way to mitigate possible irritation and infection from shaving is to use a cleanser that is antimicrobial before and after shaving to help reduce bacteria on the skin, like the Stryke Club Everywhere Wash,” adds Dr. Maguiness. Moisture is also key. “Also, don’t forget to moisturize the skin right after bathing to lock in water and restore the skin barrier. This is another important way to help minimize irritation from shaving.”