7 Things You Never Knew About Shaving Your Face

Face shaving isn’t just something that dudes do. You’ve probably come across at least one article or blog post on the Internet about someone discussing face shaving for girls. In fact, as weird as it sounds, face shaving seems to be taking over the internet as much as highlighters and rainbow foods at the moment.

If you’re a bit confused about the whole thing, you’re not alone. Most young women are not able to grow full beards like guys, so why add an extra step to your routine? Doesn’t waxing, threading, and plucking take care of the stray hairs? And the big question that is on everyone’s mind, including mine, is: “If you shave your face, does the hair grow back thicker?” I am intrigued by the idea of face shaving, but I do not want to end up with a five o’clock shadow if I try it, thank you very much.

The deal with face shaving is that we all have a very fine layer of peach fuzz on our faces, and the treatment aims to remove that fuzz so your face is completely hairless, save for your brows. It makes skin more smooth and can make your makeup look more flawless – but make no mistake, it isn’t necessary. You can shave the hairs off your face if that’s what makes you happy, but you should in no way feel like you have to. If you are curious about shaving your face, you can try it out, but beware: a lot of girls who have done it say that they wish they didn’t start, because now it feels like they can’t stop (they notice it more). Maybe that’s what you’re into, though! One more thing before you grab your usual razor – you need to know these facts about shaving your face. Thank us later.


It Won't Grow Back Thicker

This is the one that everyone wants to know. If you shave your face once, are you going to end up with a face full of thick, black hair that you need to shave every day? You can breathe a sigh of relief, because dermatologist Dr. Anthony Rossi says that there is no scientific evidence that shaving makes your hair grow back thicker, even if you think it does. Lindsey Blondin, the main esthetician from George the salon, seconds this. She says you should expect to see the fine vellous hair, aka peach fuzz, growing back in about four weeks. And the only way the hairs will be thick and dark is if they were like that originally.

However! After removing your facial hair, you might be more apt to notice it more once it grows back than you normally would. Once you've seen your face without hair, seeing hair there again becomes a little surprising. This is most likely only something you're noticing, though.

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There Is A Little Stubble Left Behind

We know that when we shave our legs that silky, smooth feeling doesn’t last forever - or even a few days. When it comes to the hairs on your face growing back, Blondin says that you may notice that your face feels a bit dry two to three days after you shave because that is the texture of the peach fuzz growing back. Furthermore, Erica Parker, Esthetician and Educational Director of Michael Todd Beauty says that since the hair follicle is cut at the surface when you shave, where it is usually thickest, the blunt cut may make it appear thicker and stubblier as it grows in. Rest assured, it will return to its regular shape.

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Dermaplaning and Face Shaving Aren't The Same Thing

If you’ve searched for face shaving, you’ve probably come across dermaplaning. Is dermaplaning just another fancy word for face shaving? Yes and no. Dr. Rossi explains that they are the same in the sense that both use a blade to shave off the outermost layer of the skin, and this will also shave down hair follicles. However, dermaplaning is much more intense. Blondin says that with dermaplaning, you are removing and turning over WAY more skin cells than what shaving will do. Think of dermaplaning more along the lines of microdermabrasion.

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If You Have Sensitive Skin, You Shouldn't Try It

If you have sensitive skin or you’re prone to ingrown hairs, the best move is probably to skip the face shaving. Dr. Rossi explains that both conditions can be exacerbated when you start shaving your face. An ingrown hair on your chin is right up there with a giant zit.

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It Can Make Breakouts Worse

Running a blade over pimples doesn’t seem like the best idea to begin with. If you have active breakouts, Dr. Rossi says to hold off because it can make your acne worse. When your pimples are cleared up, it is different. Blondin points out it can actually be great for post-acne skin for evening out your complexion.

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It's Safe To Shave Your Face On Your Own

Face shaving is safe to do at home, if you do not have sensitive skin or active acne. However, Dr. Rossi does NOT recommend using any scrapping methods. Anything like dermaplaning should be left strictly to the pros. If you’re going to give shaving a go, Parker suggests investing in a quality tool instead of using a conventional razor.

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It Acts As An Exfoliator

Besides removing the layer of peach fuzz, shaving your face is also a great exfoliator. It removes the dead outer layers of the skin which makes your face look brighter. Hello, well-rested, glowing skin. You will also notice that your makeup will look better because it’s not resting on those patchy dead skin cells, according to Parker.

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Have you or would you ever try shaving your face? Let us know in the comments!

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