Is it safe to shave peach fuzz on your face?
Rackley ensures it’s safe to shave your face using a razor, but razors should be used very carefully. “It is easy to nick the skin and cause micro-cuts. Over time, micro-cuts can thicken the skin and age the skin faster,” she explains, creating new skincare problems for you.
When using a facial razor, what are some best practices?
“When using a facial razor, it is super important that you thoroughly cleanse the skin to give you the smoothest surface possible and to prevent infection in case you accidentally cut yourself,” Rackley adds. Next, you need to ensure the skin is prepped and cleansed even more by using a toner with salicylic acid. When it comes to the actual shaving step, moisture helps. “Moisten the skin, lightly shave in the direction that hair grows,
and make sure to moisturize after shaving. Then, throw your razor away,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Naana Boakye adds. Rackley says she prefers using an oil on the skin “to give the blade/razor a better glide.”
What is the best way to remove facial hair and why?
Razors aren’t the best way, but they are the most cost-efficient and a simple quick-fix for those who can’t go in-office. Both Dr. Boakye and Rackley agree that the best hair removal method is laser hair removal, as “it won’t cause long term inflammation,” Rackley says. “With the right technician, a laser is safe, fast, and long-lasting.” Dr, Boakye says other hair removal methods cause “ingrown hairs and the risk of hyperpigmentation.”
If Rackley had to choose, waxing would be another good alternative.“[With waxing] the goal is to remove the hair from the root, which allows the results to last longer than shaving. Tweezing/plucking usually causes inflammation and hyperpigmentation if you do not use the right technique.,” she says.
Will shaving the upper lip make it darker?
“Shaving the upper lip will not make the hair grow darker. Shaving does not affect the hair thickness or growth rate. However, the skin may become irritated, which could make the skin appear darker and can cause ingrown hairs or tiny cuts on the skin,” Dr. Boakye explains.
How soon does the hair grow back after using a facial razor?
“Using a facial razor is a short-term solution to hair growth. On average, you will start to see very minor hair regrowth within seven days and full growth by four weeks, depending on the area,” Rackley says.