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Important Information About Shaving
As a young woman, you make more of your own decisions and many of these effect your
health. One good way to take care of yourself is to learn to find reliable information so
that you are well informed to make the best decision for you. Healthy choices will lead
to your being healthy, happy, the best that you can be and they will lead to your dreams
Many young women shave and there is important health information that you need to
To shave or not to shave? First of all, do you want to shave? If you're not sure,
perhaps you want to think about it for a time. Collect adequate information to make an
informed decision. If you've started shaving,
perhaps you want to consider stopping. (That's ok. It's always ok to change your mind when
it comes to making a choice for your health.) But if you choose to shave, read the
following information that you need to know.
When you shave you want to remember two key health points:
- Shave in a manner that your skin stays intact.
- Always use your own razor and never allow anyone else to use your razor
Your Skin: First Line of Defense
Young women today have numerous and serious threats to their health and actually to their
life. The Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls (1997), reported:
"The survey found disturbingly high rate of behaviors that can put health at risk and have
potential life-long consequences."
Developing healthy habits and learning to take care of yourself are the actions that you
can take to prevent health problems. Infections are a leading cause of health problems and
death in young women, and the first line of defense against these infections, is intact
The first line of defense to infection is the skin. When your skin is healthy and
intact, you have your first defense, and a strong defense, against harmful organisms that
are bacterial or viral. Any break in your skin makes you more vulnerable to infection,
two serious examples are organisms that cause hepatitis and HIV.
Shave in a manner that skin stays intact
There are some techniques that help your skin stay intact. Products for shaving can be
ordered from Programs and Products.
- Plan a time to shave when you can take the time to shave slowly and carefully.
- Prepare your skin with ample soap and warm water to soften it, during a bath or shower
- Use a shaving cream on warmed skin. There are various brands for women.
- Use a well-designed razor with an adequately sharp blade.
- Prepare a position that is well lighted and where you can shave smoothly, avoiding
pressing over bone or folds of skin.
- Apply a moisturizer after rinsing and drying.
Always use your own razor and hygiene products
The only way that you can be sure not to transfer blood borne organisms while shaving or
practicing hygiene is to always use your own razor and hygiene products and never allow
anyone else to use yours. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health states (
How is Hepatitis B Spread, Oct 1999), "Sharing a toothbrush, razor, or anything else that
might have blood on it can also spread the virus." You can not always tell by looking
at someone, who has an infectious disease and who doesn't. As demonstrated by recent
educational posters, "Which of these people are HIV positive?", you never know who is.
Therefore, this health habit around shaving is very important.