No one works more durable throughout the vacation season than the pink Venus razor that’s been dwelling in my mother’s visitor toilet because the early days of the pandemic. Even if this three-blade disposable was presupposed to be trashed after a couple of makes use of, it’s been hanging round for the higher a part of the final three years and—apparently, as I just lately and horrifyingly realized—is utilized by a number of members of my household each time they arrive house.
In case your response to that’s, “GROSS,” nicely, that’s right—there are an entire lot of hygiene points occurring right here. For starters, a “disposable” razor is supposed to be precisely that—disposed of after a couple of makes use of (ideally two weeks), not saved round for years. “From a hygienic perspective, it’s an absolute nightmare, particularly with plastic cartridges,” Leslie Tessler, the founding father of shaving model Hanni, beforehand instructed Nicely+Good. “Simply take into consideration the truth that you’ve received three, 4, 5 blades, with plastic in between, sitting in a damp setting for lengthy intervals of time… We’ve spoken with many gynecologists who usually see bacterial infections because of this.”
The larger problem, although, is that a number of folks have been utilizing this identical razor. As any dermatologist will let you know, simply because my siblings and I share the identical dad and mom completely doesn’t imply we must be sharing the identical razor—whether or not it is contemporary out of the package deal or outdated AF—and the identical goes for anybody else in your family.
“Borrowing one other individual’s razor is a critically dangerous concept,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist primarily based in New York Metropolis. “The razor collects micro organism because it’s pulled alongside the pores and skin, and except it’s sterilized between makes use of, it really spreads the micro organism to the following individual.” She explains that if the first consumer (aka the one that really owns the razor) has particular strains of micro organism on their pores and skin, like staphylococcus, it is going to contaminate the following consumer with the identical micro organism—which may be doubtlessly harmful and will certainly elevate their threat of an infection.
“The blade additionally creates microtears within the pores and skin, breaking the tissue down because it shaves the hair, so your threat of pores and skin irritation and an infection is already elevated,” Dr. Nazarian says. “And that is earlier than we introduce cross-contamination with micro organism. So even when usually, ‘sharing is caring,’ we draw the road at our shavers and blades.”
So when you, too, are house for the vacations, rethink reaching for that unhappy, boring razor—or another shaving device that another person has used. The excellent news? Derms say the easiest way to get a easy shave is with a fundamental, single-blade razor—so contemplate choosing up a brand new one on the drugstore as your excuse for getting out of the home when household time begins feeling overwhelming.