Shaving may be something we’ve been doing since we were old enough to, well, shave, but it’s still a source of irritation – in more ways than one.
Despite being a beauty ritual for many of us, we still find ourselves victim to nicks, cuts and even nasty infections.
It’s a problem that skin expert and cosmetic physician Dr Sabika Karim, of Revere clinics, is all too aware of.
Dr Sabrika Karim has treated many women with shaving rash [Friction Free Shaving]
Having treated people with skin conditions for more than a decade, Dr Karim knows the importance of regularly changing your razor blades.
She says: “The thing with razor blades is that every time they touch your skin, you can scoop up a few 100,000 bacteria.
“We may not think that’s a problem, but left in a damp bathroom they will multiply and grow – and these razors that are left for just a few days or a few weeks can end up covered in millions and millions of bacteria.”
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What are the risks?
By using an old razor blade, Dr Karim says you could be at risk of skin irritation, infections, abscesses, blood poisoning and even hospitalisation.
She says: “A bacteria-ridden blunt razor cut could lead to more generalised infections such as cellulitis, which is an infection of the deeper layers of the skin most commonly caused by bacteria that normally live on the skin’s surface.
“Cellulitis can cause swelling, fevers and can become extremely serious; in the worst case, left untreated it can even lead to bacteraemia, which is a bacterial infection of the blood and a serious medical condition that could lead to hospitalisation.”
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As if that wasn’t scary enough, being lazy about changing your blades could also cause folliculitis – inflammation of the hair follicle that leads to itchy and unsightly red bumps.
Shave like a pro
So, what’s the solution? Dr Karim tells us: “To avoid problems, I would advise my patients to use a good quality razor and change the blades on a regular basis.
“I recommend changing blades once a week, and not leaving razors in the damp bathroom.”
She adds: “Imagine sleeping in damp sheets for months, or not changing our bath towels. Why do we accept dirty razors?”
Briar Keen, co-founder of women-only shaving club FFS (Friction Free Shaving), shares this view and believes that women are finally getting the advice they need to shave safely.
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Designed by women, for women, from just £5 a month Friction Free Shaving will take the hassle out of changing your blades by delivering fresh new razors straight to your door each month.
And you can even add their sweet-smelling shave cream to your box to keep your skin moisturised and plaster-free.
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This article is written in partnership with Friction Free Shaving.