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How to Prevent Razor Burn

It’s Monday morning and you are dreading it. You don’t mind going to work, but merely that another work day means that you have to shave again. For many men, this can be absolute torture. Shaving leaves their necks and faces raw and irritated. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a choice. That is, of course, unless you plan on growing a beard to avoid the whole process altogether.

What is razor burn?

Razor burn is an irritation of the skin that usually appears a couple minutes after shaving. The skin is red, irritated and inflamed. It usually clears up of its own accord in a few hours or days, depending upon the severity. In some cases, razor burn can turn into razor bumps, which is where pustules form around the regrowing hair. If you are trying to look nice for a special occasion or getting ready for work, this is not a look that you want to go for.

How to prevent razor burn.

Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take to minimise your chances of razor burn occurring.

  1. Clean your skin daily with a cleanser containing salicylic acid. This helps to remove some of the oils and dead skin that might irritate the hairs when they are regrowing. Try using a product like Refresh AHA/BHA Cleanser.
  2. Take a hot shower before you shave. This will soften the hairs and remove a lot of the build up dead skin cells, giving you a closer, smoother shave.
  3. Use a sharp razor. Razors are expensive, but if you are going to walk out of the house looking like you ran a cheese grater over your face, it is probably worth it. Change the blade on your razor every week.
  4. Use a shaving gel to protect your skin. This is kind of a no brainer, but if you do try to shave dry, you will regret it.
  5. Shave with the grain of the hair. Going against the grain changes the way that the hair grows back, which increases the chance of developing razor burn.
  6. Splash your face with cold water. This will help relieve some of the redness that might have already started to form. It also closes your pores, which makes it more difficult for bacteria to attack your sensitive, post-shave skin.
  7. Apply an after shave balm. Using a soothing, gentle product like cetaphil will help to ease some of the discomfort you may feel after shaving.

What do you do if you already have razor burn?

Many of you are probably reading this too late and are trying desperately to find a way to cure it. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix with razor burn as the body needs to heal itself, but there are a few things that you can do to help the process along.

  1. If you already have razor burn, try to avoid shaving for the next couple of days. Shaving again will just further irritate the skin and allow more bacteria to get in, thus increasing your chances of developing razor bumps.
  2. Whatever you do, don’t pick at any bumps that you develop. I know that it is extremely tempting, but all you’re doing is prolonging your problem.
  3. Clean your face with a salicylic or glycolic acid based cleanser. This will help remove much of the dead skin and bacteria from your skin that will irritate your condition. Try using a product like Refresh AHA/BHA Cleanser.

Shaving does not have to be there worst part of your day. There are things that you can do to ensure that you are looking and feeling your best when you leave the house. If all else fails, you can take comfort in the fact that beards are making a fashionable comeback.

By Mike Clague