Getting Rid of Razor Burn
The question of “how to get rid of razor burn” is question people who are just learning to shave or those have been doing it half their lives might ask. Both men and women need to know how to get rid of the red bumps associated with razor burn, because razor burn bumps are painful and unsightly.
Of course, it’s best to never get razor burns. Therefore, I’ll discuss first how to avoid razor burns, then move on to soothing and eliminating razor burns as quickly as possible, once you have them.
Avoiding Razor Burn
Razor burns happen when you shave your skin too closely or against the grain of the hair you’re removing. But razor burns might happen when you use a dull razor or other less-than-perfect shaving materials, or even when you don’t shave at the proper time. Getting a proper shave is part timing, part materials, part patience and part skill of the shaver. So here’s a how to guide for avoiding razor burn bumps.
1. Steam Your Skin First – Shave after you have steamed the skin you intend to shave. Your best option is to shave after you get a hot shower, when the skin over your entire body will have undergone steaming. Steaming water softens your skin and opens your pores, making it easier to shave properly. Supple skin gives way to the razor, while dry skin is more prone to tear or be irritated by a razor.
If you don’t have the time or inclination for a shower, then run hot water over a wash cloth for a minute or two. Apply the washcloth to the part of your body you intend to shave. This will be harder for women, since women are presumably going to be shaving their legs. In the case of women, I strongly would suggest shaving in the shower or the bath.
2. Use Shaving Cream – Always use shaving cream when shaving. A shaving gel or cream lubricates the skin, allowing the razor to glide across the surface of your skin.
Before you begin to shave, place some shaving cream in your hands and rub them under warm water. Rubs your hands together, creating a lather. Apply this lather to the area you’ll be shaving.
Some shaving creams help sensitive skin. You can also buy medicated shave creams. In either case, the shaving cream lotion helps to prevent razor burn damage with lubrication at the point of the shave, while also preparing the skin by making it more supple.
3. Don’t Use Alcohol Products – Do not use alcohol-based products on your skin before shaving. Alcohol will naturally dry out your skin. Your skin irritation will increase accordingly.
4. Make Short Strokes – Shave only an inch or two at a time when shaving. Don’t make long, broad strokes, because you are likely to lose your concentration on longer shaving strokes. When you do so, you are likely to twist the razor or press to hard, which will cause a cut or red bumps.
Be patient when shaving. Don’t get in a hurry. If you rush your shave, you’re more likely to create cuts and abrasions.
5. Shave With the Grain of the Hair – When you begin shaving, shave along with the grain of your hair. Do not shave against the grain of your hair until you have shaved the hair close to the skin.
Once most of your hair is shaved, you might shave against the grain of your hair. This digs the hair out from its root and give you a “closer shave”, but shaving against the grain is one of the primary ways to give yourself razor burn red bumps.
6. Treat Your Skin With Aftershave – Once you have finished shaving, dab aftershave lotion on your skin. This lotion is designed to soothe skin that has been irritated by shaving. Aftershave lotion helps to treat razor burn and red bumps, so if you have trouble with razor burn, make sure to use a good aftershave.
7. Consider An Exfoliate – Use a mild or minor exfoliates daily. Exfoliates with salicylic acid will get rid of dead skin. This keeps your pores from becoming clogged up, while allowing oxygen from the air to touch your skin and facilitate healing.
Razor Burn Tips
If a shaving gel or an aftershave appears to be irritating your skin, discontinue use of that product immediately. Some products do not work for certain types of skin, so even a good product might not be good for you. Keep an eye out for gels, creams and lotions that irritate your skin.
Treating Razor Burn Spots
- Aloe Vera – Use aloe vera when you already have razor burn spots. Aloe vera soothes skin irritation, while facilitating healing of the skin.
- Tea Tree Oil – Like aloe vera, tea tree oil facilitates skin healing after you have damage your skin shaving.
- Use a Single Blade Razor – If you usually use multi-blade razors, switch to a single bladed razor when you already have the red bumps of razor burn. A single bladed razor won’t shave as closely, but it will limit the damage to your skin until the skin heals.
- Do Not Scrub Red Bumps – When you have razor burn, don’t scrub or otherwise irritate your condition. Scrubbing red bumps will only make red bumps more irritated.
- Don’t Use Colognes – Do not use perfumes or colognes on skin suffering from razor burns. These liquids will irritate your razor burn condition.