I hate the daily grind of shaving. I shave my armpits but I am a very reluctant shaver of anywhere below the belt. So this piece of health information is coming with some glee on my part.
As grossed out as you might feel about not shaving your armpits, not shaving will not make you ill.
Shaving on the other hand can make you sick if you don’t take some precautions.
Think about it; shaving is often done while taking a warm shower. If you use a reusable shaver, you rinse it off and leave it in the shower caddy for your next use.
The heat and moisture in the shower lead to humidity. Increased humidity leads to faster bacteria growth.
You pick up this bacteria-laden shaving stick during your next shower and sustain some micro-cuts from the repetitive shaving motion. The bacteria that already hang out on your skin take advantage of the tiny break in your skin and go right through.
You then develop little crops of boils in the area you shaved; now you need some form of antibiotics to treat the skin infection.
There is an easy solution for this problem thankfully; store your reusable shaver somewhere else, somewhere dry. I use a toothbrush holder.
oh great tip…i need a toothbrush holder now!
thanks for sharing
You are welcome!
Thanks for sharing this! I had no idea!
You are welcome, Emily!
Hi Dr. Bola,
I found your post on the Mom Bloggers Facebook group. Thank you for sharing this with us. I didn’t realize this. I’ll definitely be using a toothbrush holder.
Passing this along. Hope you’re having a great day!
I am glad you found the post helpful Corina. As long as you keep your razor in a dry location outside of the humid shower area, you should be fine.
I actually shave after the shower, in the sink, and dry off my razor and store it. Thanks for the reminder!
Way to go Gina!
Like clock-work, folks come in to the clinic in the summer months with infection of the hair follicles. A little tweak in the shaving routine is all it takes to prevent that.
This makes perfect sense. I will put my shaver somewhere else