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 advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? 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 Knee replacement for those with rheumatoid arthritis Medical GlaxoSmithKline announces roll-out of malaria vaccine Medical Vaccine offers 100% Ebola protection Mental health Social connections may keep women from suicide Medical Why that Coke infographic is nonsense Medical Many US seniors don't have diabetes under control From our sponsors Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready The health benefits of donating blood Hydration is vital all year round Momentum Health: an industry leader in healthcare Live healthier Stay out of trouble » Asthma danger zones 13 danger zones Teen dangers 21 dangerous things people do Here are 21 things people do without thinking. But they are dangerous, and could kill you or the people around you. Sexual health » STIs: how to stay safe Apps for gay and bi men tied to STI risk Penis bumps The STI most men get without knowing it Most guys haven't ever heard of the human papillomavirus, yet many will get it at some stage in their lives without even knowing it.