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Caregiving: Shaving an Adult

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Shaving facial hair can help your loved one feel clean and well-groomed. It also might help raise self-esteem by connecting the person to a daily routine.

Shaving isn't only for men. As women age, it's common to grow excess hair on the upper lip and chin. They may want to shave these areas or remove the hair with tweezers. It's also common for women's body hair to get thinner as they get older. So they may not need to shave their legs or under their arms.

Allow the person to do the shaving if possible. You can help by gathering the supplies and holding the mirror.

If you need to do the shaving, ask if the person wants to be shaved in a certain way, such as starting with the neck and working toward the face.

For most people, an electric shaver may be the best choice. A shaver is less likely to cause nicks and cuts than a razor. This is especially important if the person is taking medicines called blood thinners, which can cause more bleeding than usual. Also, using an electric shaver may be easier if the person has lost weight, because his or her face may have more angles to shave around.

Getting ready

Shaving with an electric razor

Shaving with a razor and shaving cream


Credits for Caregiving: Shaving an Adult

Current as of: March 17, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse


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