Razor burn is when your skin ends up getting irritated after shaving. It can look like a red rash, and usually there’s a burning sensation (hence the name of the condition). It can also swell and itch, and sometimes there may be some bumps as well.
Razor burn occurs due to a wide variety of causes. Maybe you were too cheap to buy a new razor and insisted in using a dull blade. Perhaps you just pressed too hard on your skin. Maybe you shaved when you skin was dry and didn’t use a shaving cream or gel to help the razor slide smoothly. Perhaps you used a shaving cream that aggravated your skin. It may even be because your skin is just too sensitive.
Regardless of the reason, if you have a razor burn, your first mission is to treat it. Here are some options on how to treat razor burn:
• Use cold compress. This not only soothes any burning or itching sensation, but it can reduce the swelling as well. It reduces the redness and may even prevent the razor bumps from appearing. Just apply it for a few minutes.
• If cold compress is not possible, use a thin towel to wrap around a few ice cubes. If you don’t have ice, use a cloth soaked in very cold water.
• Another option is to use lotion with glycolic acid. Some studies show that this can reduce razor burn lesions by as much as 60%.
• You can also use a lotion with salicylic acid, which can also alleviate razor burn symptoms.
• You can also use a very mild astringent. Do not use rubbing alcohol, men’s aftershave, or any product with alcohol. These will just make things worse.
• If your rash is severe, you may want to try an over-the-counter medicine like hydrocortisone. But you should only use this medicine once a week, as it can really damage your skin when overused.
• If the razor burn persists, you may want to avoid shaving that particular area for the moment. Just keep the skin clean and exfoliated sot that your pores don’t clog.
• If the razor burn is causing you some serious trouble, it may be time to see a dermatologist. Your doctor can then help you decide on the most suitable treatment method for your condition.
Of course, you do realize that prevention is always better than learning how to treat razor burn. Find out what you did that caused the razor burn in the first place, and then avoid repeating the same mistake.
Always use a fresh blade if possible, make sure you use the right shaving cream to which you’re not allergic to and if your skin is sensitive then use shaving cream specifically made for sensitive skin. Never ever shave dry, and apply some nice soothing lotion after you shave. With these basic precautions, you can reduce the chances of razor burns significantly.