Do Electric Shavers Hurt?

By Charlie Harper | Guides

Dec 12
Do Electric Shavers Hurt

For most men, shaving is something that will need to be done repeatedly throughout their lives. When given the choice between a time-consuming safety blade and a quick and efficient electric razor, many men opt for the time saving option. Occasionally, individuals will experience pain associated with using an electric razor, but most of the time the pain is brief and the cause is easily fixable. Here are a few common reasons why using one may cause pain, and what to do to fix it.

Recently Switched from a Safety Blade

For those who are not familiar with an electric razor, there is a learning curve and an adjustment period. The first few shaves with your new razor can cause discomfort. If you are new to this method of shaving, give yourself three to four weeks to adjust to the proper techniques. This time will also give your face time to become accustomed to the new sensation. Most of the time, pain associated with using an electric razor is for this reason.

Dull Blades

If you’ve been using an electric shaver for quite some time and are recently experiencing pain when shaving, try purchasing new blades. A dull and dirty blade can cause pulling and unnecessary pain. Most manufacturers will suggest that the blades be changed once a year. This is a good guideline to follow, however, every situation is different. There are many factors that could play a role in shortening the lifespan of your blades such as; amount and thickness of facial hair, frequency of use, routine maintenance, and quality of the blades. It doesn’t hurt to replace your blades before the 12 month mark, so if you’re experiencing pain when shaving, give this a try.

Poor Quality Shaver

While many people are able to use low-quality shavers with little to no discomfort, not everyone is that fortunate. As with many other things in life, higher-end electric shavers tend to provide a more comfortable shaving experience. If you have tried replacing the blades and you’re still experiencing pain, another option would be to invest in a higher-quality shaver. Many times, increasing your budget by 20-30 dollars is enough to make a difference in the quality and comfort of your shave. Remember, if you opt to purchase a new shaver, give yourself a few weeks to adjust the new equipment before you make a judgement. Switching brands and styles of electric shavers can have the same effects as switching from a safety blade.

Sensitive Skin

Some individuals simply have sensitive skin that causes them to experience pain when using an electric shaver. There are various oils and treatments on the market to help ease the discomfort of shaving for people with sensitive skin. It may take a couple tries to find the product that works best for you, but there’s a good chance that one of them will work. Unfortunately, some people do not experience relief after using these products and at that point switching to a safety blade is the only option to reduce discomfort while shaving.

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