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 Load shedding killed my baby News Feed hungry children through social media Medical Exercise doesn't help all type 2 diabetics Medical Future eye health leaders in Africa lauded Medical When tumours contain hair, teeth and other body organs Medical US flu season off to slow start 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 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. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.