Can I really shave with eczema?
Yes, but you need to do it carefully and prepare the area beforehand. Skin needs to be clean and moisturised. Read the step by step guide to pain-free shaving below. And remember! Do not shave if the skin is cracked, or broken. In that case, you need to wait for the skin to heal before you start shaving.
8-Step Easy Eczema Shaving Guide
- Take a bath Preparing your legs is key. To make sure the skin is at its best, and most supple, take a bath. Add in oils to moisturise and avoid rubbing dry, patting is just as efficient and won’t irritate the skin.
- Exfoliate gently If possible give your legs a gentle exfoliation to get rid of any dead skin cells that will clog up the razor.
- Moisturize After your bath moisturize as usual so your skin has as much hydration locked in as possible before you start.
- Use new blades The better the condition of the blade, the easier the shave. Using old blades can only add to your discomfort as they irritate the skin and won’t glide or shave as smoothly. Try cleaning out a razor blade with a toothbrush if it's clogged up but still ok to use.
- Use a gentle shaving cream or soap specifically developed for sensitive skin. This will help to further minimise discomfort.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth To avoid more irritation, shave following the hair growth is best.
- Pat Dry Avoid any unnecessary rubbing, patting does the same job but is far gentler on the skin.
- Apply moisturiser Try La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+, a lipid-replenishing body moisturiser specifically designed for very dry, eczema-prone skin. The 400ml pump dispenser also makes it really easy to use.