There are a few common shaving problems that make removing hair from your legs, underarms, or any other body part a very literal pain. While shaving isn’t supposed to hurt, these little complications most certainly can. If you decide to stray from the path of shaving to give laser hair removal a try, you won’t have to deal with these issues ever again.

In this post, we’ll go through these common shaving problems, explain why they happen, and give some tips to help you mitigate them. At the very end, we’ll touch on laser hair removal, and why it’s the ultimate solution to every one of these complications. 

Razor burn

Razor burn is basically skin irritation caused by shaving. It makes your skin look red and feel tender immediately after you’ve shaved and it can last for a few days. The redness can be diffused or it can only impact your hair follicles. Either way, it’s no fun! 

It’s incredibly common because any small error in your shaving technique can cause it, from using too dull of a razor blade to not using a creamy enough shaving aid. If you have sensitive skin, you could be doing everything right and still end up with razor burn!  

It’s one of those shaving problems that laser hair removal solves very effectively once you finish your series of sessions. In between treatments, you may still find that laser hair removal helps since it minimizes hair growth and therefore minimizes your risk of irritation from shaving. 


Stubble is pretty much a guarantee with shaving. Depending on how your hair grows back, you may notice stubble on the same day that you shaved! The major issue with stubble isn’t just that the hair grows back, but that it grows back prickly. 

Shaving cuts the hair at the surface, which leaves you with a blunt end. As the hair grows back through the surface of the skin, it retains that blunt end instead of being tapered. That makes it rough to the touch. Even if your legs still look smooth, they won’t feel that way! 

The beauty of laser hair removal is that, even before you achieve total smoothness, it already minimizes hair growth and coarseness, thereby reducing stubble even before you’re done. 

Nicks and Cuts 

Knicks and cuts are a common shaving problem, especially if you sometimes find yourself shaving in a hurry or if you have any bumps or unevenness. In the best-case scenario, these cuts heal quickly and easily with minimal bleeding or pain. In the worst cases, though, they can lead to scarring or infection. 

Ingrown hairs

If you often experience bumps a few days after shaving, you’re probably getting ingrown hairs. They’re caused by the hair getting trapped within the follicle before it’s had a chance to pop out. In some cases, ingrown hairs can also become painful and inflamed. 

If you attempt to shave over them, you’re more likely to experience irritation or cuts, and attempting to extract them can lead to scarring. 

Follicular infection

This is the worst-case scenario – an infection that impacts the follicles after you’ve shaved. Also called folliculitis barbae, just one bout of it and you’ll be ready to swear off shaving forever. It’s usually caused by a staph bacteria that colonizes the already-sensitized hair follicles. 

It leads to rash-like bumps that are often red, painful, or itchy. Treating it may even require speaking to your doctor and taking antibiotics. 

Choose Laser Hair Removal Professionals

If you experience any of these shaving problems frequently, give yourself the gift of laser hair removal. When comparing laser hair removal vs. shaving, laser is a clear winner that provides long-lasting results with minimal need for upkeep. 

With a series of treatments, you’ll be able to say goodbye to shaving forever! Plus, while you’re undergoing the laser process, the gradual reduction in hair will actually prevent the stubble and irritation that occur when you have a lot of hair to shave. 

At SEV, we’ve transformed laser hair removal into a luxurious medspa service that leaves our clients happy and relaxed. We keep our pricing affordable so anyone can access this life-changing treatment. If you’d like to experience it for yourself, book now at your nearest SEV location!