April 14, 2023 by Jack

How to Shave Sensitive Skin 

Shaving with sensitive skin can be challenging. Nicks, cuts, razor burn, inflammation, and ingrown hairs are common shaving problems, especially when your skin is on the delicate side. While there’s plenty of advice floating around, good intentions from non-experts can worsen the problem — that’s where we come in. 

The only thing standing between you and a close, comfortable shave every morning is knowing the proper routine and shaving products for your skin type. The secret is eliminating myths and misconceptions about shaving best practices. We’re not saying you should disregard everything your old man taught you, but we do suggest leaving grooming advice to the pros.

The perfect shave for sensitive skin starts and ends here, gentleman.

How to Shave Sensitive Skin?

With a few tweaks, you can achieve a clean and, most importantly, comfortable, shave each time. 

Start With Clean Skin

Clean skin is the catalyst behind every close, comfortable shave — no matter the skin type. Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells create a barrier between your blade and your facial hair, which can cause irritation and razor burn.

  • Use A Sulfate-Free Cleanser 

Sulfates are a type of cleansing agent. When used in skincare like a cleanser, surfactants are the  catalyst that helps wash away dirt, oil, environmental pollutants, and other impurities. However, sometimes, sulfates like SLS and SLES remove too much sebum, leading to redness and dry, itchy skin. 


To help remedy this problem, use a sulfate-free cleanser such as our Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser. It leaves your skin clean, hydrated, and fresh by harnessing the power of natural natural, sulfate-free surfactants and organic botanicals, including Organic Chamomile and Aloe Leaf that help to soothe and oat- and coconut-derived, sulfate-free surfactants that work to cleanse.

For Additional Cushion 

Razor shaving can be tough on your skin, so it’s imperative to hydrate and nourish before grooming to help maintain a sufficient barrier between skin and blade.

  • Prep Skin with a pre-shave product such as Jack Black’s MP 10 Nourishing Oil. Ten nourishing oils work together to help protect the skin, soften whiskers and help prevent uncomfortable dryness from shaving.

Lather and Lift 

Wet shaving takes some time to master, but with a bit of practice (and patience), you can elevate this refined technique. 

  • For closeness without irritation, your blade needs a cushion. Use a rich, creamy lather like our Supreme Cream Triple Cushion® Shave Lather to condition skin and help lift whiskers. Macadamia Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Soybean Oil deliver three layers of protection against razor burn, irritation, and nicks and cuts.


More blades do not always equal a closer shave. In actuality, a larger quantity of blades can cause more irritation because it becomes easier to push hairs (and buildup) deep into the skin, leading to razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and severe razor burn. 

  • However, Jack Black’s The Closer 5-Blade Cartridge Razor features an exclusive design, which features an ergonomic 5-blade cartridge razor with a precision trimmer and an inset pad grip for maximum control and easy handling. The blade cartridges are diamond-coated for sharpness and durability. They’re suitable for sensitive skin and dermatologist tested to give you confidence with every stroke. 

Shaving Tips 

Don’t Tug on the Skin

Use short strokes of approximately 1-3 centimeters versus long movements to help prevent nicks, cuts, and tugging of the hairs and skin. 

Change the Blade Weekly or Every Fifth Shave

Worn-out razor blades are a nightmare for sensitive skin. Along with preventing a close, clean shave, they’re also the driving force behind razor burn. You must change your blade frequently to ensure your razor doesn't further sensitize or cause cuts, nicks, ingrown hairs..

Post Shave 

Applying our Post-Shave Cooling Gel is one of the most effective ways to help razor burn and irritation due to shaving. prevent redness and heal irritated skin post-shaving. This fragrance-free and alcohol-free formula soothes razor burn and irritation due to shaving. Aloe Leaf Juice and Chamomile, natural ingredients known for their soothing benefits, help calm and hydrate.


Note that while our customers love Jack Black’s Bump Fix, we don’t recommend it for sensitive skin due to the inclusion of salicylic acid. 

When shaving for sensitive skin, allow yourself time to properly prep and condition before and after with Jack Black shaving essentials. Suggesting you wake up a few minutes earlier may seem like we’re asking a lot, but we’re confident you’ll agree that a pain-free shave is worth sacrificing one tap of the snooze button. If you’re a visual learner, check out this video!


On the hunt for shaving products that are safe for sensitive skin? We’ve got you  — shop now.