How To Reduce Irritation From Shaving

We’ve all experienced it – that uncomfortable burning sensation after a shave. Razor burn or razor irritation stems from a number of things. The main reason for it is due to shaving with a dull razor blade, or even failing to prepare your skin properly before you begin the shaving process.

To ensure your skin is always prepped the right way and to bring the desired results after every shave, there are a number of steps you should take to make sure your process is the right one. If you do experience shaving rash, then there are some different things to try to soothe your skin.

Invest in a good razor.

A great, premium lady’s razor is much more effective than your standard disposable. Quality razors are made with the human body in mind, helping the blades to glide across the skin and effortlessly eliminate the hairs it comes into contact with, no matter your shape or size. A better razor will reduce the chances of that painful shaving rash. 

Don’t over shave.

Shaving more often than is necessary won’t help your skin at all. In fact, if you already have a shaving rash or you’re experiencing razor burn, then you should stop shaving until it has cleared up. Continuing to run your razor over an already uncomfortable rash can make matters worse. Look after your skin and allow it to recover when it needs to.

Cool the area.

The most common thing to do when you’re experiencing any type of burn is to cool the area, and a razor burn is no exception. If your skin feels hot and uncomfortable, rinse or wash the area with cold water. Try to avoid rubbing or itching the area as it can irritate your skin further, making it look and feel worse. You can then dry the skin by patting with a towel and soothe the area with natural aloe vera or tea tree oil. Try and avoid any fragranced products as this could make the burning sensation worse.

Change your blades.

Blunt razor blades are very ineffective and if you continue to use them long after their prime, then razor burn and shaving rash can be very common. To prevent this from happening time and time again, you should remember to change your blades to keep them sharp so they can do their job properly. You should aim to change your razor blades once every five to ten shaves if you’re a regular shaver, or a few more extra shaves if you don’t shave frequently. Always check that you’re not shaving with a rusty blade, too!

Moisturise after each shave.

To prevent the same thing happening each time you shave, you’ll need to change up your routine. When you’ve shaved, rub some moisturiser into your skin to prevent it from drying out. By stopping your skin from becoming dry, you’ll find your skin is much happier and smooth to the touch instead of being bumpy and sore from a newly developing rash.

Still no luck? Visit your GP.

If you’ve tried everything and you still seem to be suffering from that pesky rash, don’t panic. Book an appointment to see your doctor, and there may be a simple solution. You may need a hydrocortisone cream to use on the area once per week. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid using incorrectly and always follow your doctor’s orders.

Do you have any tips to prevent shaving irritation?

Irritation from shaving affects so many of us, and knowing the right ways to control it can make your shaving experience a more pleasant one! Do you suffer? Have any tips to keep on top of the rash you’d like to share? Leave your experience in the comments below.


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