How to Get Rid of Scars After Shaving

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated July 18, 2017

Shaving is a convenient method of hair removal, for both men and women.

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A hasty shave before running out the door can result in one two many nicks and scrapes, which eventually turn into scars. Uneven pressure, dry shaves and an old razor can contribute to the problem. While it may be tempting to throw a bandage over a cut and run out the door, treating the scar as soon as possible speeds up the healing process. Silicone scar gels are an effective daily treatment.

Dampen a clean cloth with cool water. Gently wipe it over the scar to cleanse the surface for ease of application, while soothing your skin.

Place a drop of silicone scar gel on your fingertip and smooth it over the scar in a thin layer. Use a bit more if necessary to cover the scar.

Massage the gel into the scar using gentle circular motions with the pads of your fingertips. Move the gel counterclockwise for 30 seconds, then change direction for an additional 30 seconds. Massage the skin from left to right for 30 seconds, and up and down for the last 30 second. Massaging the skin helps to break down scar tissue and is most effective when completed with every application.

Allow the gel to dry completely -- four to five minutes is usually sufficient -- without contact with fabric or clothing. If you're in a hurry, hover a blow dryer 5 inches from the scar on low heat until it is no longer wet to the touch.

Use a clean tissue to gently wipe away any excess gel, leaving behind only a visible sheen. Apply the treatment morning and night for best results.


  • Shave after showering, when your pores are open and hair is loosened, to avoid ingrown hairs.

    Use shaving cream or gel, and disinfect your razor with rubbing alcohol after each use to prevent cuts and razor bumps.

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About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.