July 17, 2023

What Happens If You Shave With a Rusted Razor?

When it comes to shaving, the condition of your razor is crucial. A sharp, new blade can offer a smooth, close shave and help you avoid razor burn and bumps. However, if you have a rusty razor it’s not safe to use and could potentially cause certain infections on your skin.

Rust is the result of a reaction between iron and moisture, which can happen when your razor is exposed to water or humidity for long periods. While most razors are designed with coatings to prevent rusting, they can still develop rust if they’re not properly maintained or stored. Rust is also an ideal environment for bacteria, which may cause infections if you use a rusty razor on your face.

If you have a rusty razor, the first thing to do is change it. A rusty razor is dull and won’t cut your hair cleanly, which can lead to ingrown hairs. These ingrown hairs appear when dead skin clogs the pores, preventing freshly grown hair from sprouting through them. This can be painful and annoying and if left untreated, can eventually lead to infection.

In terms of safety, you’re unlikely to get tetanus from a rusty razor unless you’re using one that was found deep in the garden or an abandoned lot. Even so, you can still get other types of infection if you use it. To prevent this, dry your razor thoroughly after each shave and store it in a dry place.


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