How to Get Rid of Razor Burn
Getting Rid of Razor Burn Symptoms
If you have sensitive skin, then you probably already know what razor burn symptoms are like. Usually razor burn is exemplified by some of the following symptoms:
- A red rash
- Bumps on your skin
- Infected pores
The itchy part is often the worst symptom of all. Razor burn varies in severity. Sometimes it persists for a week or more. Other times it’s gone within two hours or less.
Who Is Prone to Razor Burn?
If you shave, you might experience razor burn. The more sensitive your skin, the more likely it is that you’ll experience razor burn symptoms. But some shaving techniques and products can help.
Men usually experience razor burn on their faces. But anyone can experience razor burn anywhere on their body. (Different people shave different body parts. I don’t judge.)
Medical Conditions That Make Razor Burn Worse or Prevent Shaving
Any medical condition that inflames your skin can cause razor burn. Some medical conditions prevent shaving altogether. These include:
- Poison ivy
- Poison oak
Don’t shave if you’re already suffering from a poison ivy or a poison oak rash. Your skin is already irritated. Don’t make it worse. And you don’t want to spread the poison ivy with your razor, do you?
Severe acne and eczema are two more medical conditions that can prevent shaving. Both of these conditions cause inflamed skin.
Many allergy sufferers experience inflammation of their skin, which can also prevent shaving.
Other Causes of Razor Burn Symptoms
Shaving irritated skin will always cause razor burn. What’s irritated skin?
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Sunburned skin
Shaving incorrectly will also cause razor burn. Here are some common shaving mistakes that can cause razor burn:
- Pressing down on the skin when shaving. This scrapes layers of skin away, causing razor burn symptoms.
- Shaving without lubricant. Dry shaving will always irritate and cut skin. Always use a cream or lotion. If you can’t use lotion or cream, at least use soap and water to lubricate your skin. Some products include aloe vera. If you’re prone to razor burn, try these.
Other Shaving Tips to Prevent Razor Burn
Soaking your skin with warm or hot water is a good way to prepare to shave. It softens your hair and skin, making it easier to shave.
Always use a sharp razor blade. Dull blades are always bad.
Hard water can be a problem for people with razor burn issues. Check your water quality.
Home Remedies for Razor Burn
Ingrown hairs and skin infections are ugly and uncomfortable. Take some of the following steps to minimize the pain:
Pay Attention to Your Skin
Pay attention to the skin. If you see anything strange developing after a razor burn, you may need antibiotics or other treatment to prevent a serious health problems. Pay attention to your skin post-razor burn and prevent damage to your skin.
If you notice a small ingrown hair that doesn’t look infected, you can apply a warm cloth to the infected hair follicle to make them hurt less, release their pus, and break open.
An alternative to shaving is waxing. This doesn’t work on your face, because you can’t do it ever day, but if you’re shaving other parts of your body, it might be worth checking into.
Consult a Dermatologist
If you have really bad razor burn, and nothing I recommended above helps, consult a dermatologist. You might need a prescription for a special soap or lotion.
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