The following are the most frequently asked questions about Venus products and shaving with sensitive skin.

Q. Does using a new, sharp razor blade cause more nicks and cuts than a dull blade?

A. No. A dull razor blade can actually cause more nicks, cuts and skin irritation than a new, sharp blade. Dull blades can pull at body hair and feel rough when gliding across skin, resulting in more irritation post-shave. Sharp razors move more smoothly across the skin. Using a sharp razor also leads to a better and quicker shave, whereas a dull razor might require a few passes over the same area to effectively cut the hairs at the surface, and increase the chance of irritating skin. Recommending a razor with three or more blades like Venus Extra Smooth Sensitive or Venus Smooth Sensitive can prevent razor burn and irritation.

Q. What’s the best way to shave irritated, sensitive skin?

A. Patients can use Venus Sensitive Razors with SkinElixir Technology to safely shave irritated areas. SkinElixir protects sensitive skin with high-quality, thick lubrication that surrounds the blades for glide and provides up to 0% irritation-free shaving. Click here for more information on SkinElixir Technology.

Q. Can a razor be shared?

A. No. Patients may think borrowing someone else’s razor is convenient, but there are design and hygienic reasons why sharing razors isn’t a good idea. Patients can get nicked or cut while shaving and put themselves at risk for infection and irritation.

Q. Is there a difference between women and men’s razors?

A. Yes. Women’s razors are designed to shave large body areas in a single session and are more oval shaped vs. square, so they can easily shave tighter areas with less irritation. They may also have additional lubrication to better protect the skin when shaving larger areas like legs. Since body-shaving often requires gripping the handle in multiple positions, razor handles made for women are typically easier to grip in different positions.

Q. Is shaving sensitive areas, like a bikini line too difficult to do at home?

A. No. Patients can shave sensitive areas in the comfort and privacy of their own home by shaving properly and using the right shaving tools to reduce irritation. Click here to find the latest technologically advanced razors that let patients shave delicate areas without irritation.

Q. Does shaving cause hair to grow back thicker, faster and darker?

A. No. Although patients might think their hair is thicker after they’ve shaved, it isn’t. When a razor cuts away the hair from the surface of the skin, it does not remove the hair entirely, just part of it. The rest of the hair strand and root are still underneath the skin’s surface. Once the hairs start to emerge back through the surface of the skin, they may look and feel thicker due to the blunt end from where the razor cut the hair, but they aren’t.

Q. Should you press hard on the razor to get a closer shave?

A. No. Patients should be advised that applying too much pressure to the razor blade increases chances of nicks, cuts and irritation. As long as the razor blade is sharp, they should press lightly on the handle and let the blade do the work.

Q. Will shaving over the same area more than once result in a closer shave?

A. No. Shaving over the same spot multiple times could irritate a patient’s skin. If the first pass of a razor doesn’t give a close enough shave, they should be advised to reapply shaving gel and gently re-shave over the area. If they’re still having trouble achieving a clean shave, it may be time for them to change their razor blade or to try a razor with more blades.

Q. Is using shaving gel necessary, or can I just use soap and water?

A. Yes, shaving gel is necessary. Shaving gels preserve moisture and help protect the skin from irritation. Shaving with just soap will dry out skin and increase the chance of irritation.

Q. It is OK to shave without water if you’re in a hurry?

A. No. Shaving dry skin can cause razor burn, ingrown hairs and skin irritation. Soaking the area to be shaved for three to five minutes softens hair follicles and helps the razor glide across skin.

Q. Does waxing cause ingrown hairs, or it is only shaving that causes it?

A. Both waxing and shaving can cause ingrown hairs. Patients should be advised to exfoliate first to remove dead skin before shaving and learn how to shave properly.


* 2019 online study with n=150 dermatologists in Canada