Most everyone has experienced some form of razor burn. It’s painful, uncomfortable and unflattering. It sometimes leads to more severe conditions. Hopefully, these tips will help you fix or soothe your razor burn.
What Causes Razor Burn?
There are a few possibilities but your razor is biggest issues. There are many different types and qualities of razors. Each can have a different effect on your skin and hair. So it’s important that you experiment and find a razor that works for you.
However, the cause of razor burn if very simple. It’s typically when the top layer of skin is shaved off by your razor.
When the top layer of your skin is shaved off by your razor
If this happens there will likely be some side effects. Some of these side effects include:
- Inflammation of the skin
A common ailment that can occur alongside razor burn is ingrown hair and razor bumps. I will have a separate blog post addressing these.
Preventing Razor Burn
There are some simple pre-shave techniques that can help you minimize the chance of razor burn.
Keep It Clean
Seems kind of obvious but if your skin or razor isn’t clean you could develop infections.
Don’t keep your razor in the shower. The moisture is a good way for bacteria and rust to build up.
On a similar note, you should be replacing your razors often.
Rinse your razor with hot water after each use.
Don’t Shave Against the Grain
For the longest time, I thought you should shave against the grain. I thought this was the case because I was able to get the closest shave this way.
However, that is actually the problem with shaving against the grain. If you shave too close you run the risk of shaving off the top layer of your skin which will cause razor burn.
Shaving against the grain also increases the risk of shaving the hair below the skin. This increases the risk of ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
Use a shaving Cream or Gel
It’s important to moisturize before and after shaving. You shouldn’t use just any old soap you have lying around.
Using a gel or cream helps the razor blade glide just above the skin. This prevents the blades from slicing off the top layer of skin.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Despite how tempting it is to shave over the same spot over and over you should avoid doing this.
Re-shaving like this could take the cream or gel off the skin causing the razor to make direct skin contact.
Hot and Cold Water
Use hot water to soften the skin and hair. Then shortly before you shave use cold water to tighten the skin.
Tightening the skin will decrease the possibility of the razor cutting an uneven slice of skin.
Treating Razor Burn
Are a victim of razor burn? If you ignored all of the above then you probably need some help treating your razor burn.
- Don’t shave the area for a while.
- Try not to wear tight clothing over the area.
- Use a natural topical ointment like aloe.
- Be patient.