Today we are going to help you find the men’s best electric shaver for sensitive skin!
Razor bumps, redness and itching…the classic issues with sensitive skin. One of the number on things you can do to prevent skin irritation after a shave is to use the right equipment.
Let’s face it, you might have to spend a little more on your razor than others with tougher skin but how much time do you want to spend treating your skin after your shave?
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They say time is money so if buying a quality razor saves you time it should pay for itself. Finding a good electric shaver is not rocket science.
All of the razors mentioned below would do just fine, it is up to you however, to figure out which features you want to pay for.
What Causes Razor Bumps?
If you want to get technical, razor bumps is a medical condition known as Pseudofollicultis Barbae.
While that term sounds pretty fancy it’s actually a pretty simple concept. When you shave your hair down close the skin the follicle curls over on itself and grows back into the skin until it is long enough to slide over the skin.
Your body’s natural reaction is to treat this like an attack and therefore producing the inflammation we call razor bumps.
Men with curly hair experience this issue more frequently and up to 60% of African Americans will experience this.
If not treated, it can cause scarring overtime so if you have a bad case of this you will want to do what you can to limit and reduce the frequency of the razor bump reaction.
How To Get Rid Of Skin Irritation/Razor Bumps After Shaving
Anti-inflammatory treatments – You can use aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar or baking soda paste to treat razor bumps. Simply mix some baking soda with water or rub the aloe right on to your irritated skin.
Let your skin soak for a few minutes with either treatment and then rinse with water. Repeat several times a day as necessary.
Ice. Ice or a cold compress will provide instant relieve to your irritation. Inflammation is caused by increased blood flow to the area so ice will slow that down and help reduce the inflammation as well.
Antibacterial creams. These will keep your skin moisturized as well as provide relieve to the irritation. You can even find these with pain medication which would provide even more relief.
Shaving tips for sensitive skin – Using Electric Shavers For Sensitive Skin
The only way to 100% prevent razor burn is to let your beard grow out, the longer it gets the farther away from the skin it will get and not curl back on itself. However, if you are here that means you are probably looking to shave!
Well, the second best thing you can do to reduce irritation is to use electric shavers for sensitive skin. While they do cut close, they do not cut as close as a safety razor which will help reduce irritation. They will also not sharpen the hair as much as a safety razor so it will not dig as much into your skin.
Another tip would be to shave every other day instead of every day. This reduces irritation and let’s your hair grow for a day in between shaves.
Keep the heads on your electric razor sharp! As soon as they begin to dull, replace them. You to do not want them pulling or pinching your hair, this will only increase the irritation on your skin.
Go slow. Most of the razors below allow you to adjust the speed or power, if you have sensitive skin you will definitely want to take advantage of this feature. The increased power can be harsh on your skin.
Go with the grain. While going against the grain will give you a closer shave if you want to save your skin you should shave with the direction of your hair. This will help reduce the risk of the razor grabbing your hair and therefore reducing irritation.
Look for an electric shaver that doesn’t use alcohol or high amounts of detergent in its cleaning system. These ingredients are known to irritate the skin, especially if you have pre-existing razor bumps.
Use lotion or aftershave. If your skin is dry look for an alcohol free lotion that will help keep your skin moisturized and prevent even more redness or irritation.
You may also try a nice pre-shave oil to help reduce your skin irritation. Many men who wet shave use this but who’s to say you can’t use it with your electric razor? It should be fine if it has wet & dry shaving abilities. It will provide a nice layer of lubrication to help the razor slide more comfortably.
If you follow these tips you should see a reduced level of irritation or razor bumps.
BRAUN SERIES 7 799CC-6 WET & DRY SYSTEM
If you are looking for an electric shaver that won’t tear up your skin this is it. The Braun series 7 is built for performance.
It doesn’t have as much power as some of the other razors but its intelligent sonic technology will help lift more hairs into the blade with each stroke.
Read our full review here.
The reason why we recommend this razor for those of you with sensitive skin is because it has an “extra sensitive” power level setting. So you can crank it up on areas where you are not prone to as much irritation or turn it down when you get to those troublesome spots.
You can check out the reviews for yourself to see why people love this razor.
It also comes with an advanced cleaning station that cleans your razor in just 25 seconds!
PANASONIC ES-LV95-S ARC5 MEN’S ELECTRIC SHAVER
Here is another highly rated shaver on Amazon. This razor is a beast with 5 blades and over 14,000 cuts per minute. Talk about efficiency! We rate this just behind the Braun 7 series as one of the best electric shavers.
Read our full review here.
It is built for efficiency, you might think the added power would be too much for your skin but with the 5 blades this will reduce the overall time you have to shave your face.
Plus, the main feature we love on this razor is the automatic power sensor technology. This razor knows where your beard gets thicker or thinner and will automatically adjust the power. Some of you may love being in control but this razor comes highly recommended.
Plus, this razors is a few bucks cheaper than the Series 7.
PHILIPS NORELCO SHAVER 7300 FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
If you are looking to save a few bucks from the previous two the Philips 7300 would be a great choice.
At $100 less you are still getting a quality shaver that works well with sensitive skin. They even put sensitive skin in the product name!
Read our full review here.
This is a rotary type electric shaver compared to the previous two foils. So it will give you a closer shave around your chin and jawline.
The main feature we love and the reason why this razor is great for sensitive skin is the comfort rings that are place around each head. This helps the razor glide effortlessly across your face reducing friction and therefore reducing irritation.
If you are interested head on over to Amazon and see with over 600 customers had to say about this razor.
Braun Series 5 5090cc
The Braun Series 5 5090cc is another great electric foil shaver for men. It also happens to be the official razor of the NFL!
Read our full review here.
However, that is not why we love this razor, it has many great features. It uses improved performance and efficiency to combat skin irritation. It has a powerful motor with foil blades on independent suspension that allow the razor to hug your skin.
This reduces the shaving time which should help with skin irritation since you won’t have to go over certain spots over and over again. We don’t usually talk about design on this site but this razor just looks sleek and like it is build for performance.
This also has over 400 happy customers on Amazon giving it an average rating of 4.4/5 stars. Go there and have a look for yourself!
As you can see with all of the features these shavers have, there are many reasons we considered them for this list. It will depend person to person what your specific wants and needs as to which one is best for you.
If you have experience with electric shavers then you will probably have a better idea of what you are looking for. If not then you will have to rely on mostly other people’s reviews which can again, vary from person to person.
A few of the shavers have also seen price decreases since the new year so be sure to head over to Amazon to check there current price. You find they offer even more value than you were expecting. You can also read what other people are saying about them!
wow. That was a great article and very enlightening. I use a combination of both electric and safety razor using the electric while traveling and I honestly can’t even remember when I got the electric razor. It may be time to upgrade to something a bit more current LOL. Will keep this site in mind when I do.
Hey Brent, yes these electric razors can last a long time, especially if you take care of them and follow the recommended maintenance schedule. Almost all of these have universal charging cords which are great for traveling.
My husband has brain cancer and shaves his head every couple of days for one of his new treatments. If he irritates his skin and can’t wear his arrays for a while so the skin can heal, the treatment might not work. So thanks for the tips for great shavers for sensitive skin. Some people’s lives depend on it.
Wow Amanda that is tough. I am glad this review of shavers that are good for sensitive skin was useful for you and your husband. Good luck with everything and stay strong!
Great stuff here! My husband has been saying he needs a new one for quite some time – he has had an electric razor for over 12 years and its starting to quit on him. I just interrupted his baseball game (ok, commercial break) to tell him about your site and suggest he check it out. Very helpful reviews and info here. Thanks!
Thanks for the spreading the word Marlaine! Does your husband have sensitive skin? The electric razors mentioned in this post have many features to help reduce irritation making them great for men with sensitive skin. Glad you enjoyed the post!
Great reviews on the different shavers! I personally have extremely sensitive skin so I shave as little as possible lol. Good to know the different remedies for razor bumps. I will gave to give some of these a try!
Thanks for stopping by Jamie, please let us know if any of the remedies work for you. Shaving as little as possible will also help prevent razor bumps so it sounds like you have a good handle on it.
Dirk Mc Kenzie says
Wow, I really needed to see this article. I have had tungsten steel hair on my face since I can remember and the bumps have come and gone but they are extremely irritating. Plus at 40 plus you don’t want to look like a teenager that just learned how to shave….Thank you for the great article, I will most definitely be implementing these tips!
I’m glad we could help you out dirk! That tungsten steel hair sounds rough, I hope these tips help you out or if you decide to go for an electric shaver one of the above recommendations help you out.
Gerry N says
Hi Jeremy. Awesome article and recommendations. Many of us struggle with shaving, especially with electric razors but this definitely helps in understanding some of the science behind it and what to look out for.
Hi Gerry, I’m glad you enjoyed reading some of my tips for shaving with sensitive skin. I know it can be both annoying and painful. Like I mentioned in my post if you struggle you may want to try an electric razor since it does not get as close as a safety razor which might help reduce that irritation.
First of all thanks a lot for this post!
I have always suffered from razor bumps and many times failed to identify the cause.
Never thought that going against the grain could cause them.
In fact, I do that everyday and maybe they are the reason for me getting those nasty inflammations.
Will try avoiding that tomorrow.
Thank you very much!
You’re welcome Pushkaraj, I’m glad you found these tips helpful for reducing your razor bumps. Another thing you might try is using an electric razor, since they don’t get as close as a safety razor you may get less irritation from the hair curling back into the skin.