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    Shaving tips for patients




    How do you get the best and longest use out of your razor?

    The newer multi-bladed razors are expensive, but they will not last forever. Using the good maintenance tips previously discussed is the first step in getting value out of your blade purchase.

    Understanding how the razor works will help you to better care for your razor.

    The razors now have five blades: The first blade lifts the hair, the second blade cuts the tip of the hair, the third blade cuts the hair shorter, the forth blade cuts the hair even shorter, and the fifth blade cuts the hair as close to the skin as possible.

    Rather than running one blade over the face five times, the newer razors run five blades over the face once to achieve a closer shave. For this reason, it is not good to shave over the same area again and again with the five blade razor. Once is enough.

    Always use light pressure when shaving, as firm pressure can also damage the blades. If you have coarse hair, be sure you have allowed water and shaving cream to soften the hair for three to four minutes prior to beginning shaving. This will make it easier for the blade to cut the hair possibly doubling the life of the razor blades. Do not share your razor with any one else, as each person will have a different wear pattern for the razor.  Purchase a separate razor and blade for each family member.

    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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