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    Shaving tips for patients




    How do you clean the new laser-honed multi-bladed razors?

    Since the new laser-honed, multi-bladed razors are expensive, it is important to clean them properly to prolong their successful use. If the blades get clogged or displaced, the patient is sure to get a bad shave. Proper cleaning is key to blade functioning.

    First, it is important never to bang or traumatize the blade. Many people have the habit of hitting the blade against the side of the sink to dislodge any retained hairs and shaving cream. This will certainly ruin the blade. Never hit or bump the blade.

    Second, it is important never to drop the razor blade. Dropping the blade will ruin the blade edge. Even though there are three to five blades, the shave will only be as good as the worst blade. One 2-mm damaged portion of one of the multiple blades will produce a bad shave. All blades must be perfect for a perfect shave.

    Third, as mentioned previously, always use shaving cream when shaving. Shaving cream is designed to lubricate and protect the blade while reducing friction and maintaining the sharp blade edge. The shaving cream will also keep the removed hair from sticking between blades.

    It is best to clean the blade by allowing abundant lukewarm water in a gentle stream to run through the blades. Rotate the blade slowly to allow all surfaces to thoroughly rinse. Set the rinsed razor back on the plastic platform that was provided when purchased. This platform will protect the blades and allow to dry properly. 

    Store the razor in a dry place, not in the shower, to allow the blades to dry between use.

    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., is a consulting professor of dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. She is investigator, ...


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