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Shaving isn’t fun for anyone (that’s why we have beard culture), but if you have sensitive skin, you know it can be a particular hell. Routinely dragging a blade across your face can cause all sorts of issues (razor bumps, razor burn, cuts) as well as make other problems worse (dryness, breakouts, over exfoliation). For those of us that have sensitive skin but don’t want to abandon the clean-shaven look, it can feel like a never ending cycle of despair.
Luckily we live in the modern world where technology can aid us in our struggles. Enter the sensitive skin razor. These new shaving tools are (mostly) designed specifically for use on sensitive skin and use all sorts of things like guards, gels and even computer chips to help get a close shave without the burn. And while it’s generally believed that single-blade razors are necessary to cut down on razor bumps and skin issues, there is something here for every preference. Here are the 7 best razors for sensitive skin.
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1) Bevel Shave System
The complete Bevel shave system is designed to prevent against razor bumps and shaving-related irritation. Its centerpiece is the single-blade safety razor which is said to offer a smoother shave by reducing drag. Change the blade before every use for optimal results.
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2) Gillette SkinGuard Razor
The newest cartridge razor from Gillette features a protective guard between the blades which helps to distribute pressure and minimize tug. Specifically designed for men with sensitive skin, it also keeps the blades at an angle that can still cut hair, but touch skin a little less.
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3) Schick Hydro 5 Razor
While it’s generally accepted that more blades means more irritation, the five blades in this cartridge razor are tempered by built-in gel pads. The lubricating gel contains aloe vera and Vitamin E to cool and soothe skin during the shave, not after the fact.
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4) Rockwell R1 Double-Edged Safety Razor
Making the transition from multi-blade to safety razor can be difficult, but this pared down version keeps it simple. It only has one setting so you can get used to the sensation and the butterfly opening makes it easy to reload blades (which you should do often to cut down on irritation).
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5) Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver
This German-engineered shaver is like the Mercedes-Benz of electric razors. Not only does it have a special setting for sensitive skin (and others for various skin types), but it’s completely waterproof so you can use it in the shower for a closer, less irritating shave.
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6) Harry’s Razors
While it’s the only razor on this list that isn’t specifically designed for sensitive skin, keeping the blades sharp is easy when they’re this inexpensive. You can switch the heads out twice as often as other cartridge razors and still save money.
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7) Bic Metal Disposable Men’s Shaving Razors
These stainless steel single-blade disposable razors are as close to a safety razor shave as you’ll get with a disposable. They’re designed to be used only once but are cheap enough to make that totally doable.