I have been meaning to do a post on the best electric shavers for acne and sensitive skin for a while but have been too busy with work until now. It’s a question I get asked a lot so I thought I’d put together some information for you.
You probably know that wet shaving when you have a bad case of acne is asking for trouble. No matter how well you lubricate your skin, with the razor gliding so close to the skin, you’ll probably end up decapitating acne spots which risk irritating your skin and creating further breakouts.
If your acne is in an extreme phase, then I suggest you either avoid close shaving altogether and stick to a beard trimmer, which when set to the lowest setting, will keep facial hair to a minimum but wont aggravate your skin they same way wet or dry shaving does.
For those with milder or more manageable outbreaks of acne and still can’t wet shave, the best tool for the job is the electric razor. You still get a very close shave, but not that close you risk cutting yourself, plus given the nature of an electric shaver, you can control how close you want to get to problem areas.
A good electric razor can also be operated with either wet or dry skin depending on what suits you best.
Here are the most popular electric shavers for men with acne or sensitive skin currently on the market:
1. Panasonic ES8103S 3-Blade Wet/Dry Rechargeable Electric Shaver
As one of the most popular choices for men looking for an electric shaver and gets consistently good reviews. The beauty with these razors is that they operate both wet and dry. You can even shave whilst in the shower for added convenience which is what I like to do when I need to save time.
With 3 foil heads they easily adapt to the contour of your face allowing for a smooth, aggravation free shave.
You can now pick these up for about $80 on Amazon which is about half their retail price as they have been superseded by this model which is newer.
2. Braun 3Series 390CC-4 Shaver
This is the latest version of the hugely popular 390CC. Another extremely highly regarded electric razor which works very well on sensitive skin. Braun are a well regarded German brand that are one of the top players in the electric shaver market.
Although this does not have the wet and dry versatility of the Panasonic, for those seeking a more traditional dry shaving action, this is a very good contender and many people report having good success using this razor with sensitive and acne prone skin.
It is a little more expensive than the Panasonic as it is a newer model, you can currently pick them up on Amazon for just over $100.
3. Philips Norelco 1250X SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor
This is one of the top of the range Phillips electric shavers and is also very highly regarded tool. It consistently receives high praise from all types of users and is one of the top rated shavers on Amazon and on the acne forums. It works as both a wet and dry shaver and again can be used in the shower.
It differs itself from the Braun and the Panasonic as it uses 3 rotary blades instead of a foil, each one being independent so they are free to adapt to any facial contouring which if you suffer from sensitive skin like myself, is a must.
The only drawback with this product is it’s price – at around $180, it is almost double the other two products – which is why I have not put it in first place. However, if budget is not issue then you wont go far wrong with this electric shaver.
Making The Choice
You have to remember that everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently so what works well for one may not work so well for another.
However theses are the most widely used electric shavers by people suffering from acne and sensitive skin on the market today so by choosing one of these you will be in good company. Really its just your budget and preferred shaving style that will help you make the decision.
If you suffer from acne and have had good results with other electric razors on the market, let me know below.