Home > Medical > Acne > Health tips Updated 20 July 2014 A spot of advice on shaving If you suffer from mild acne, you may think that shaving is the worst thing you could do to your already inflamed face. 0 Shutterstock Understanding acne How to clear acne overnight If you suffer from mild acne, you may think that shaving is the worst thing you could do to your already inflamed face. But actually, dermatologists believe that in some cases, shaving is an excellent method of physically exfoliating the skin. Note, however, that there are certain precautions.Take action:Shave very gently over tender acne areas, as heavy pressure can damage the inflamed skin; try both safety and electric razors to see with which method you are most comfortable; before shaving, make sure that you soften your facial hair with warm water and shaving cream (specially formulated for sensitive/problem skin); and always use a sharp blade. Visit our Acne Centre(Photo of man shaving from Shutterstock) More in Medical War on Zits More: AcneHealth tips SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical 11 women go bald for friend with cancer Medical Exercise tied to prostate cancer survival Medical Treating sleep apnoea may also lessen depression Fitness Activity trackers get smarter at measuring fitness Medical Can the blood of Ebola survivors create a cure? Lifestyle Party like a pro From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.