The Men's Room

Is Shaving Making Your Skin Darker?


A good shave can reveal a lot. A clean face, the shape of your jaw… and for some darkened skin. If you have noticed darker skin on your face from shaving it isn’t just the lighting… it is indeed a “real thing” that may actually be happening to you!

Let’s start with why it is happening:

The aggressive nature of shaving, whether it’s with a razor or an electric shaver, can cause skin discoloration. The rubbing or scraping action of the blades can cause minor cuts to the skin, causing hyper-pigmentation“, which is the skin’s way of replacing color to the damaged area.

Burke Avenue’s – Moisturizing Shave Cream is the first of it’s kind to not only handle the real-time concerns of the wet-shaver; it also contains natural ingredients (Avocado, Lemon Peel & Geranium Oils) that fight this concern. Hyper-pigmentation, has been a personal struggle for me as well as for many of my readers and clients. So, it only made sense to address this in my very first product.

Below are three more helpful tips to rid your face of frustrating skin darkening from shaving!

  1. Prep well –  Whether it’s a wet-shave or an electric shave, make sure you follow the necessary steps to prepare the skin for shaving. This will reduce any nicks that may result. (See: Electric Shaving con’t…(tricks for a better electric shave) or my Quick & Classic Shaving Tips).
  2. Avoid shaving against the grain – This practice can not only cause irritation, but in some cases nicks to the skin, which result in the hair being pulled and snagged instead of cut.
  3. Avoid rubbing alcohol or aftershave products that contain alcohol – Alcohol can dry, harden and even darken the skin. Stick with aftershave balms that do not contain the ingredient alcohol.

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