How to Pick the Right Safety Razor for Sensitive Skin Type

If you have a sensitive skin and you are sick and tired of cuts and bruises, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Numerous number of men around the world feel their pain and know exactly how irritating this can be. To help you find the best safety razor for sensitive skin, I’ll share a user-friendly guide with a list of the available options on the market.  I am not going to  recommend  any specific razors.

Instead, my focus will be on various headpieces and how good they might  be for an average man with sensitive skin and irritation problems. That way, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of finding the perfect safety razor that won’t make your skin feel severe irritation after shaving.

Making Sense of Different Headpieces – Which One Should You Pick?

  • Close Comb. The most common design (over 90% of the existing razors use this headpiece) will be a good fit for regular skin. It’s simple, sturdy, and gets the job done. Close-comb safety razors are perfect for daily shaving and come with a safety bar. While shaving, the bar gently presses your skin, stretching it out a little bit. It is not the best choice for sensitive skin, though.

  • Open Comb. Have you seen those scary razors with “teeth” on both sides? Well, they represent the open comb design. I recommend this one to fellas that walk around with thick beards that they’ve been growing for at least a couple of weeks (or even a full month). If that’s not the case for you, don’t even think about considering an open-comb razor.

  • Adjustable.If you want to control the amount of pressure/aggressiveness of the razor, go with the adjustable design. By changing the distance between the bar and the razor, you can “fine-tune” how much force is applied to the blade. Hence the name. Surely, the blade exposure and gap make all the difference in the world. While you can grab a safety razor with, let’s say, pre-set aggressiveness, it might not be exactly what you need.

That’s why I highly recommend purchasing a razor with an adjustable headpiece. It will also be a good choice for a young man who’s only starting to get into the various shaving techniques.

  • Slant Bar. Alright, this is what you’ve been waiting for – the best safety razors on the market – the slant razors! Hands down, these are perfect for men with sensitive, highly irritable skin. If you’ve been getting a red neck while shaving daily with a close/open-comb razor, you’ll be amazed with the fact how smoother everything will be with a slant bar.

Here’s how it works: the safety bar is slightly tilted, and the blade almost looks like it isn’t placed right. In fact, it is a little bit uneven, and that is why it cuts in a different manner. With this headpiece, the blade won’t be “chopping” your hair down straight; instead, it will cut it at an angle. That enables the razor to cut beard cleaner – the follicles aren’t being pulled out or dragged around as in the case of an open comb.

Have you ever seen the horrifying French guillotine? Well, at first, it had a perpendicular, even blade. It wasn’t very good at cutting heads, and the necks of the poor victims used to…resist the cutting, so to speak. Then, the executioners switched to the angled blade, and that’s when they started to cut faster and cleaner.

Of course, I know that it is a rather awful story, but I guarantee you that when once you learn your way around a razor with a slant headpiece, you’ll never want to go back to your old gear. It will take some getting used to, however, and without a skilled hand, you might end up hurting yourself rather than enjoying the shave. As some put it, it’s a two-edged sword and requires proper treatment. Still, compared to the other three safety razor types, the slant razors are a God-sent!

The Verdict

Well,there you have it. It’s my guide on the various safety razors for sensitive skin. As we have learned today, safety razors with a slant bar are the best choice for sensitive skin. According to statistics, 85% of gentlemen that try a slant razor once would never like to go back to their traditional razors. So, make sure to keep that in mind next time you’re out shopping for a brand-new razor.

And, as always, don’t forget to ask any questions and leave your thoughts in the comments section!

About the author

Wakius Hereford

Wakius Hereford

Hi, guys! My name is Wakius Hereford, and I am a professional barber with years of fruitful experience. Over the years of practicing as a hairstylist and a barber, I have gathered lots and lots of tips and information that may come in more than handy for an average modern man. I have researched all the razors and other barbercraft items to decide which ones are the best in particular spheres. With all that data on the matter, I figured that it is time to share my knowledge with the masses, and that is what I intend to do in my blog!

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