15 Times You Should Avoid Shaving That You Never Realized

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While you certainly don't have to overthink the whole hair removal process, there are situations where you might want to avoid shaving for the sake of your comfort, as well as your health. This goes for shaving your legs, armpits, bikini area, or any other place you may feel like shaving — if that's something you like to do.

And here's why. "When we shave we create tiny micro-nicks in the skin that disrupt the skin barrier and leave the skin more vulnerable to irritation and infection," dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, tells Bustle. "Because of this it's important to not expose freshly shaved skin to situations that could lead to irritation or infection." Of course, you can't always time it right, and may end up shaving right before an unexpected turn of events. But if you can time it right, your skin will thank you.

Shaving correctly can be a big help, too. "The best time to shave is at the end of a warm bath or shower. The moisture and steam soften the hairs and make them easier to remove," Dr. King says. "Apply a shaving cream, gel, or oil and use a sharp razor blade. Shave with the grain and make only one pass. And afterwards apply an emollient to soothe the skin and keep it moisturized." With that in mind, read on for the times you may not want to shave, according to experts.