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Shaving is an easy and effective way to remove unwanted body hair, but if you have sensitive skin it can actually cause irritation. Many of the times it is due to dull blades, lack of shaving lubricant, or over-shaving. However, the most common cause of razor irritation for sensitive-skinned redheads is a nickel allergy!
Nickel allergies are extremely common, especially among those who have sensitive skin (like us redheads). Many razor blades are made with nickel, which causes a contact dermatitis reaction when used on the skin. Nickel allergies and sensitivities may show up as redness, rash, swelling, bumps, dryness, and itchy skin.
If you suspect you might have a nickel allergy, here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:
1. Skin Rash: A common symptom of a nickel allergy is a skin rash that may be itchy, red, swollen, or blistered. The rash can occur in the area where your skin comes into contact with nickel-containing items, such as jewelry, clothing fasteners, or metal tools.
2. Skin Irritation: Nickel allergy can cause your skin to become sensitive and easily irritated when exposed to nickel. You may notice redness, dryness, or a burning sensation on your skin.
3. Hives: Some people with a nickel allergy may experience hives (urticaria), which are raised, itchy welts on the skin.
4. Contact Dermatitis: Nickel allergy often leads to contact dermatitis, a type of skin inflammation that occurs when your skin touches an irritant or allergen.
5. Metal Taste: In rare cases, if you have a severe nickel allergy, you might experience a metallic taste in your mouth after ingesting foods containing high levels of nickel.
Luckily, nickel-free razors are a thing, and we love them and recommend them. If you have a sensitivity to nickel, or even if you aren’t sure but experience shaving irritation, rashes, or redness, give nickel-free blades a try. Switching your razor to something nickel free will ensure you get a good shave without all the irritation.
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If you suspect that you have a nickel allergy based on these symptoms or other reasons, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional or an allergist. They can conduct a patch test or other diagnostic tests to determine if you are indeed allergic to nickel and provide appropriate advice and treatment options to manage your condition. Avoiding contact with nickel-containing items is often the primary way to prevent allergic reactions.