Everyone that shaves most likely knows what razor bumps are. And everyone wants to know how to get rid of them too. Getting rid of razors bumps is not a quick process. It’s always best to prevent them so that you don’t have to deal with them.
So what causes razor bumps and what are they?
Razor bumps are bumps on the skin that form shortly after shaving. They are small raised bumps that form over the hair follicle. They look similar to a small acne pimple. Some can be larger and quite painful to the touch. They can also become red and discolored like an acne pimple. They usually go away in a few days without intervention.
Shaving has many benefits if done properly and carefully. You can have healthier skin by regularly shaving with a good razor and shaving gel or cream. You can also smell really nice too. Men have been shaving for thousands of years.
Shaving can also harm your skin if done improperly. Nicks, razor burn and dry skin can be caused by shaving.
Shaving your chest is no easy task. Chests are many contoured with hair growing in many different directions. With proper preparation and a good shaving technique, it can be smooth sailing and ouch-less.
I’ve been shaving my chest since I was 22 years old and now I’m 56. So over 34 years of experience, I know what works and what does not. I know which way to shave and what razors to use. I’ll tell you how I do it and what I use.
Chest Preparation for Shaving
This is crucial….preparation. If you don’t get this right, it’ll be nick-city and/or razor burn or rashes.
Always shave your chest in the shower or after a shower. I prefer in the shower because it’s easier to rinse off and rinse the razor in between strokes. Shave after you are done washing. This gives your skin and hair time to soak and soften.
I recommend exfoliating before shaving to remove dead skin and to raise hair out of the follicle. You can use a scrub [Dove scrubs are great] or a washcloth to exfoliate. Use circular motions with the scrub or the washcloth with light pressure. Soft skin and soft hair make shaving easier and smoother. Water acts as a lubricant and helps the razor slide over your skin.
Now, you ready to apply shaving gel or creme or foam
Good Lubricating Shaving Gel/Foam/Creme
You need a really good lubricating shaving gel or creme to avoid razor burn and/or scraping. Lubrication under the razor blade is the way to a close cut that is smooth and without nicks.
I’ve tried several shaving foams and they just don’t lubricate as well as gels and cremes. Shaving foams are too airy and are not thick like gels and cremes.
I use Edge Shaving Gel and Cremo Shaving Creme. They are the best lubricating products for shaving. I’ve tried many and found these 2 to be much better than anything else.
Edge Shaving Gel is super thick. Just dispense a small amount in one hand and then rub it together with your other hand until you have a rich lather. Now rub it over your chest making sure to cover everything you want to shave.
Cremo Shaving Creme is a very thick and slippery product. You don’t need to lather it up like a shaving gel. Just dispense a small amount in your hand and rub over your chest. It’s kind of like a grease. Cover your entire chest with a good coat of creme. Now you’re ready to shave.
Good Quality Razor
Some razors work well on chests while others do not. You will have to experiment. The chest is the most difficult area of the body to shave, except for pubic areas. A good razor is a must. I only found 1 razor that works for me. I’ve tried almost a dozen. The Gillette Mach 3 is what I use. Other razors nick, especially around the upper and outer pectoral region and the outer abs. The Mach 3 is incredible…smooth and sharp.
If you don’t have a good one, buy several better quality razors and try them. Try 2, 3 and 4 blade razors. The number of blades doesn’t mean anything…4 blades is not always better than 2 blades. Each one is entirely different. I’ve tried 5 blades and did not like them. I use 2 and 3 blade razors. Anyway try 4 or 5 different razors. Try the Gillette Mach 3 disposable.
Here’s the tricky part….technique. When I shave my chest and abdomen, I shave against the hair growth. It’s more difficult but it produces a really close shave. The hair is cut below the follicle and my skin feels really smooth.
The abs are a little easier than the pecs. I shave, starting in the middle, below the belly button and shave outward or towards my sides.I move up after each stroke. I use really light pressure and slow strokes. I rinse the razor in between every stroke. I go over it twice for a really close shave.
Chest or Pecs
Now for the pectoral region. I start at the sternum which is in between the pectoral muscles where your abdomen meets your chest and shave towards the sides or outer pecs. So shave from the middle to the outer or sides. Slow strokes and light pressure will prevent pulling and nicks. Move up a little after each stroke until you reach the base of your neck. This area has to be shaven downward, at least on my body. So I shave from the base of the neck down to the top of the pecs. The same goes for the collarbone area. Shave from the top down.
The most difficult area is the very outer most part of the pecs, where the pec meets your underarm. I shave this area down, from underarm down to nipple.
It is very difficult to shave these areas without nicks. If you have a really good razor, it can be done. I’m able to shave my chest and abs without nicks when I use a new Gillette Mach 3. After about 10 shaves, it will start to nick. I shave really slow. It does work.
Now that the shave is done, it’s time to take care of the skin. Shaving is pretty hard on skin. Always moisturize after shaving. Get a good skin moisturizer that does not have alcohol or perfume in it. These 2 chemicals will irritate skin. Look for a moisturizer with Aloe and Vitamin E in it. These 2 ingredients will soothe skin and lock in moisture. You can also use Coconut Oil. It works great and smells good naturally. Apply a moisturizer immediately after you get out of the shower. Your skin has absorbed water and it’s prime time to stop it from escaping into the air.
Keeping the razor clean and sharp will provide smooth shaves and prolong the life of the razor. Keep it sharp by keeping it dry. Water and steel don’t mix well. They form rust after a while. Rust dulls a razor blade. I shake my razor to remove most of the water and then sit it on a tissue to dry. I never store razors in the shower. Showers are always wet and humid, prime climate for rust. Keep razors in a hall closet or the bedroom where the air is drier.
Chest hair is pretty tough on razor blades so you may only get 10 shaves before it gets dull. Other body parts are easier on razors like legs and face.