Shaving is a lot of things: painful, time-consuming, annoying… I could go on for hours. But have you ever thought about how certain aspects of shaving can be really gross? There are certain things that can happen to your body when you shave, and you probably don’t even realize it. I mean, have you ever thought about just how weird the act of shaving is? You need to buy the right razor, use the right shaving cream, and carefully (very carefully) use these otherwise dangerous items (well, item) to remove hundreds of tiny pieces of hair from your body. We’ve become more than accustomed to it, though… so much so that we don’t really think about what’s going on while we do it. This seemingly normal act can actually cause a lot of gross issues.
Obviously shaving is a choice. Some people prefer it, some people don’t. Both opinions are totally valid! There are pros and cons to both shaving and going au naturel. If you decide to remove your body hair with a razor, it’s important to learn some of the possible risks and gross stuff that can happen when you shave carelessly or too often. So, if you’re someone who shaves a lot, you should definitely keep these things in mind and be sure to use caution next you’re gearing up to get smooth legs. Here are seven gross facts about shaving you never knew:
Shaving Down There Can Increase The Risk Of STD'sIf you shave your bikini line, you might want to think twice. Some studies have shown that shaving your vagina can remove some of your skin membrane, which could make your skin vulnerable to sexually transmitted infection since bacteria can get into your skin more easily. After all, pubic hair really is there to protect you from that gross stuff. Image Source: iStock
It Can Cause Dark SpotsDo you ever notice weird dark spots on your legs after you shave? You're not the only one. Shaving constantly irritates your skin, which can cause a build up of dead skin cells that will make your skin appear darker. Luckily, it can be prevented by exfoliating after you shave. Phew. Image Source: iStock
Shaving Cream Contains Toxic ChemicalsThat flowery scent you smell after you use shaving cream might seem nice, but it can actually be very harmful. Certain fragrances in shaving cream can contain up to 200 chemicals, and the worst part is that the company doesn't have to tell you exactly what they are. Some negative reactions to these chemicals can be anything form headaches to dizziness. It's best to use a natural shaving cream that won't give you any bad reactions. Image Source: iStock
It Causes Ingrown HairIf you know anything about shaving, you know that getting an ingrown hair is a nightmare. When you shave your hair, it always grows back, but sometimes it doesn't grow back properly, which can cause an ingrown hair. Ingrown hair can cause awful bumps and irritation. The best way to avoid them is to shave into the direction that your hair is growing. Image Source: iStock
Razor Cuts Can Get InfectedWhen you shave, there is a very high possibility that you will get a tiny cut. Normally, these are not bad, but you have to be sure to clean the cut right away, or else it could get infected, and you definitely don't want that. You should also be sure to avoid going over scrapes and cuts when you're shaving, or else you can make it worse. Image Source: iStock
Your Skin Can Get FlakyWhen you use shaving cream, the chemicals can dry out your skin, which causes it to flake. Be sure to moisturizer and use warm, not hot, water when shaving. It will help with the dryness! Image Source: iStock
Your Hair Follicles Can Get InfectedIf you shave too often, it increases the risk of Folliculitis, an infection of hair follicles. This can cause a rash or bumps on your skin. The good news is that it's not that serious, just a little embarrassing. If your hair follicles do get infected, it's best to avoid shaving for a bit. Image Source: iStock
Do you shave your legs, or are you totally over it? Do any of these facts surprise you? Tell us in the comments!