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The Best Electric Shavers for Sensitive Skin

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Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.
The Best Electric Shavers for Sensitive Skin
An electric shaver for sensitive skin should cut hairs without pulling them. Photo Credit electric shaver 1 image by percent from Fotolia.com

Those who have sensitive skin prefer foil electric shavers rather than rotary models. A foil shaver generally provides a closer shave than a rotary shaver and doesn't pull hairs out as rotary models sometimes can. For those with extremely sensitive skin, consider a wet/dry shaver that will allow you to use a shaving gel or cream when shaving, decreasing irritation. Look for a shaver that is able to lift or straighten hairs without pulling them. However, if you don't like to shave often and tend to let your hair grow longer, then consider a rotary shaver, which handles longer hairs better. Other considerations when purchasing an electric shaver include the ease of cleaning, the noise level of the shaver and other accessories like a pop-up trimmer or LED light. These features matter less when it comes to the sensitivity of your skin, but will matter in your overall comfort with your purchase.

Common Pitfalls

The most common mistake made when purchasing an electric shaver for sensitive skin is not giving your skin adequate time to get used to the shaver. Most shavers come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Take advantage of it. Give yourself a week or two to get used to the shaver. Consider the grip and vibration of the shaver when making your selection. It is important that you are comfortable holding your shaver, as the way you shave can affect the quality of the shave and therefore the irritation level on your skin.

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Where To Buy

Electric shavers for sensitive skin are widely available at department stores, discount stores and pharmacies. They can also be found online at stores like Amazon.com and Drugstore.com. Be sure to check the shaver's money-back guarantee, as well as the store's return policy before purchasing.


The Panasonic Arc IV Nanotech Shaver is a wet/dry shaver that is highly reviewed as being effective for sensitive skin, has a "Turbo" cleaning mode, a four-blade system, an ergonomic grip and sells for $114.99 through Amazon.com. The Braun Series 7 electric foil shaver helps those with sensitive skin by vibrating laterally, creating a pulse that ripples the user's skin, thereby making the hairs stick up straighter and making shaving smoother and less painful. The shaver boasts a power-comb and unique foil pattern and retails for $239.99. Electric shavers for sensitive skin range in price from $50 to $300 depending on brand, features and store.

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