Dr Oz: Home Remedies: Shaving Your Face to Exfoliate Your Skin

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Dr Oz: Home Remedies: Shaving Your Face to Exfoliate Your Skin

By on September 20, 2010

Doctor Oz, as part of his Ultimate Anti-Aging Show, had some viewers show him (and his panel of dermatologists) some Anti-Aging Home Remedies. Some of the home remedies the dermatologists seemed to like and said they would try, but others they said they would avoid. Is It Safe for a Woman to Shave Her Face?

One viewer told Dr Oz that she has the best Home Remedy for Flawless Skin.

Dr Oz’s Flawless Skin Home Remedy: Shave Your Face with a Razor?

Dr Oz’s viewer said that her mother was a model and started shaving her face 30 years ago, and she personally started shaving her face 20 years ago.  She claimed that shaving your face is a great way to exfoliate your face and is one of the main reasons that men don’t wrinkle as much as women.  She shaves her face dry, but usually right after a shower.  She also recommends using a magnifying mirror and taking your time so that you don’t get any cuts, but she said she has never cut her face.

All three dermatologists that Dr Oz brought on the show said that we should not use this home remedy or shave our faces (good thing, because I think my husband might be a bit freaked out to find me in the bathroom shaving my face!).  Here are the reasons the dermatologists gave for not shaving your face:

1.  It does exfoliate your skin, but it can be very irritating.

2.  You are stripping away the outer layer of your skin cells which is not good for water balance or for protection against the sun.

3.  If you cut your skin, it could be even microscopic cuts that you don’t see, you are prone to infections.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Home Remedies: Shaving Your Face to Exfoliate Your Skin

  1. All due respect Dr. oz, I completely disagree with your experts saying women should not shav their….well their reason at least. Why would these reasons they not apply to men? I think your doctors…experts response is a knee-jerk response. Japanese women have been shaving their faces (part of their beauty care) for a long time. I think you just need to be careful, using a cream etc while shaving/exfoliating.

  2. I do shave my face for months now and I wish I did it before

  3. I first pluck any dark thick hairs. Only have 6-8 of them on wither side of my upper lip. Maybe 2 on my chin show up once a month. Must be slow growers, I look every day.

    Then I wet my face, put on an oil free moisturizer & shave my upper lip & my chin up to my lower lip. I love it. Do it every other day. No repercussions.

    Why don’t the experts tell men not to shave their faces? So dumb!

  4. Been shaving my face for 35 or so years. In my mid sixties, have had no plastic surgery,whatsoever and i look at least 10 years younger. Have never cut my face and I shave in the morning and night right before bed. It seems to accelerate hair growth, but having a few short hairs is a small price to pay. I have less wrinkling than my daughter who is in her early 40’s. Of course, I am very cognizant about sunscrean because I have lived in California and now Florida.

  5. Duh! They have clients pay for their services! Of course they are going to tell you not to shave your face! Dr. Oz, really? Please at least have others on there to counter their opinions.

  6. I believe the reason it would prevent wrinkles is the fact that you moisturize when you shave. Try facial scrub once a week and moisturizer and you will be amazed. 49 with no wrinkles at all.

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