I'm sure you've seen the ads with companies bragging about how phenomenal their razor is at chopping down hair and they're probably not lying. But, what you also need to ask is, "Are they designed to not irritate my skin?"
Here’s a quick rundown on the three kinds of razors to avoid if you’ve had problems with razor bumps, ingrown hairs, nicks, or razor burn in the past.
Cartridge Razors - They’re great for giving you a close shave, but they're horrible for your skin. Think about it: when you drag your razor across your cheek, lips or neck 2-3 times with a 5-blade razor, it’s the same as shaving 10 to 15 times. Nobody’s skin is okay with metal dragging across it that much. Odds are you’re going to get razor burn.
But it doesn’t end there, cartridge razors shave by using a lift and cut technique. Basically each blade pulls the hair out of the pore until the last blade cuts the hair below the skin. This ultimately causes inflammation, and ingrown hairs, especially for men of color or guys with curly hair.
Electric Razors - Their main concept is to allow you to be able to shave with speed, not with quality and not without irritation. Although they’re a good solution for ingrown hairs, many men still complain about getting razor burn. That’s because the razor quickly gets hot and rubs against the skin, causing your cheeks and neck to become inflamed. Rubbing a hot piece of metal against your skin might get your beard trimmed, but there’s no way it’s going to give you good looking skin.
Safety Razors - Sure, because they use only a single blade, they’re unlikely to cause razor bumps or burns. However, you’re quite a bit more likely to get lots of nicks, especially while you’re learning. There’s a pretty steep learning curve until you get used to holding the blade at just the right angle. The rounded head looks cool, but that piece of toilet paper on your face covering up the spot where you cut yourself does not .