How to prevent razor burn after shaving: How to Prevent and Treat the Condition
How to Prevent and Treat the Condition
Razor burn is a skin irritation caused by shaving the skin. It usually appears as red areas on the skin and can be considered a form of irritant contact dermatitis (skin rash). Its symptoms may include burning, redness, itching, and stinging.
Anyone who shaves can get razor burn. It usually appears on the legs, armpits, or face soon after you shave those parts of your body. If you shave, take care in how you do it to help reduce the frequency of razor burn on your skin.
Razor burn is not quite the same thing as razor bumps, although the two terms are often used interchangeably. Razor bumps are ingrown hairs that result from hair removal, with the hair curling into the skin as it grows back.
Both conditions can result in red and irritated skin, but razor bumps are characterized by the tell-tale bumps, which may look like small pimples. Razor burn, on the other hand, looks more like red streaks or blotches across the skin.
Remedies and Treatments for Razor Burn
Razor burn can be painful and unattractive. It will usually go away on its own, but there are some steps you can take to help skin heal more quickly and prevent future incidents.
Razor Burn Treatment
In order to relieve uncomfortable razor burn and speed up the healing process, you want to apply soothing products that also protect the skin and keep it moist. Many grocery stores and drugstores sell different products to ease razor burn symptoms. Look at the labels of skin products at your preferred place in order to choose one with the right ingredients.
The following ingredients may help protect the skin’s outer layer, which is most vulnerable to razor burn, and combat redness and peeling:
These ingredients can also help with razor burn, calming the skin and promoting repair:
Perhaps the best product or ingredient for razor burn is the one that’s easiest to find: aloe vera. Aloe vera is a gel found in the aloe vera plant. It acts as a moisturizer, soother, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory substance. Many people use it to treat sunburn, but its effects can also help ease razor burn symptoms. Grocery stores, drug stores, and plant stores sell products with aloe vera in it or the aloe vera plant.
In addition, aloe vera contains glucomannan and gibberellin (a plant hormone), which increase the synthesis of collagen (protein for skin and bones). As a result, aloe vera helps wounds to heal and can help prevent scarring.
Tea tree oil, which should always be heavily diluted (watered down) before use, can also play a role in soothing inflammation and keeping razor burn from becoming infected. It has well-known antimicrobial (stops microorganisms from growing) and anti-inflammatory properties.
Razor Burn Prevention
The most important thing that you can do to prevent razor burn and other shaving irritations is to practice good shaving techniques. Some recommendations include:
- Shave when your skin is clean, wet, and warm.
- Apply a shaving gel or cream to the area. Look for a gentle product that won’t irritate your skin.
- Shave in the direction that hair grows. It can be tempting to go against the grain for a closer shave, but shaving in the right direction is a crucial part of preventing razor burn and bumps. Keep strokes light.
- Rinse your razor after each application to remove buildup.
- Store razors in a dry area and replace often. Razors should stay sharp and clear of rust or buildup.
Choose a high-quality razor, and after shaving, apply a fragrance-free, moisturizing cream to restore the skin’s natural barriers.
If shaving the body, avoid wearing tight clothes that will rub against newly shaven areas, which can irritate the skin.
When to See a Doctor
While razor burn is rarely serious, you should consult your doctor in the following cases.
- Discomfort causes you to lose sleep or results in difficulty performing ordinary activity
- The rash continues for weeks
- There is any sign of infection such as pus
It is severe enough to blister
How to Prevent Razor Burn
You might be able to pick up the basics of shaving from TV commercials and a little bit of advice from your father. But knowing how to prevent razor burn only comes from personal experience—or some in-depth research. As far as the research goes, we can help.
Nothing looks and feels worse than turning fiery red after shaving your face. You willingly and happily went for a baby-smooth finish, only to be punished for it. Not only that, but by the time the razor burn heals, new stubble will already be sprouting—so, really, what was the point?
We’re not knocking the act of shaving. In fact, we’re all for it….when it’s done correctly and safely. Razor burn is entirely preventable. More often than not, it is the result of a shaving regimen that is hasty or careless. Even guys with sensitive skin can avoid it.
There are specific steps you must follow to protect and nurture your skin, especially if you are susceptible to irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. Here are those steps—that is, how to prevent razor burn—in their precise order.
1. Prepare the skin properly
First things first: You need to warm up your skin—literally—for that sharp razor. Take a hot shower, or wash your face thoroughly with warm water. If you skip this initial step, your skin is less resilient, and your stubble more stubborn. By having soft skin and hair, you lessen the likelihood of the blade dragging and tugging the skin, and improve the razor’s ability to cut the hairs cleanly and quickly.
After the warm water cleanse, you should apply a pre-shave oil or cream. This forms a thin, nourishing base layer over the skin, to shield it from the blade without compromising the closeness of the shave itself. It also further softens the hairs, so that you can mow without resistance.
2. Turn up your razor hygiene (and maybe turn down the blade count)
Razor hygiene is essential in preventing burn. If you aren’t replacing your razor regularly, then it might be time to sign up for a razor replenishment program like Dollar Shave Club or Harry’s. They’ll top you up so that you never use a dull or dirty blade. You need to be shaving with a sharp, clean blade. But you don’t need to toss the cartridge after each use. You should get multiple uses out of one razor head.
The rule of thumb for razor replacement: Never use a razor more than 8 times. And never use it more than 3 weeks. Replace the blade at either of those intervals—whichever one comes first. At that point, it’s either too dull or has collected too much bacteria and dust, even if you’ve been storing it properly. (That is, stored upright in a cool, dry space after shaving. And with a plastic cover over top between shaves, after it’s dried.)
If you have sensitive skin, you might also consider using a razor with fewer blades, to minimize the number of sharp objects dragging over your skin. This is why lots of guys switch to a safety razor. Or, you could try a 3-blade razor, like Gillette’s Mach4.
Vikings Blade safety razor
3. Consider using a badger brush
If you’re shaving hairs that are more than a few days old, you might be able to lift them up away from the skin by applying your shave cream with a badger brush. You simply wet the brush in warm water, poke a hole in the center with your finger, then fill it with cream, before applying it in circular motions against the grain on your face. This builds a creamy lather while also pulling the hairs up and priming them for a nice, gentle shave.
The Art of Shaving badger brush
4. Loosen your grip, and shave against the grain
If you’ve done everything correct until this point—the moment you begin to shave—then you should trust the process. There’s no need to apply lots of pressure to the blade, as you’ll only shear off extra cells or trim some hairs slightly below the surface of the skin. Lighten your grip, and let the blade glide over top your pre-shave layer and the shave cream. You shouldn’t require multiple passes, either. Again, if you’ve done everything right, then everything should go smooth.
How To Shave Your Bikini Line Without Getting Razor Bumps
You may be in the camp of letting your hair go au naturel during quarantine, or you might be spending even more time on your beauty and skincare routine right now. But if you’re playing it safe and skipping bikini wax appointments at the moment, shaving is likely your go-to for smooth skin.
The only problem is that bumps, ingrown hair, and angry red skin seem like they’re just part of the package when it comes to shaving ~down there~. Shaving your bikini area is a lot of work, and can definitely irritate your skin if not done safely, so there are some things you should know before the razor is in your hand.
Wait, is it bad to shave your bikini line?
First of all, removing hair anywhere on your body is completely your decision—don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise, or feel pressured into shaving, waxing, or using any other hair removal method. If you do choose to shave your bikini line, you may be up against both ingrown hairs and red, itchy bumps.
“Ingrown hairs are formed when the sharp, freshly shaved hairs, puncture and grow into the surrounding skin,” explains Ife J. Rodney, MD, FAAD, founding director of Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics. Then, the skin has a reaction to those hairs and can get red and itchy as a result. You might also experience razor burn after shaving, which is basically when the razor removes the top layer of soft skin, allowing bacteria in to form red bumps on the inflamed skin, says Dr. Rodney.
However, many people (45 percent in this 2016 survey report grooming down below for a vacation, and 55 percent say they’ve groomed before sex) who remove pubic hair use a razor, which is totally fine for your skin, as long as you are careful. “To prevent rashes and irritation, you should only shave with a clean, sharp razor,” Dr. Rodney says. On top of that, if you moisturize and care for the skin before and after you shave, you can avoid annoying razor burn.
Read on for more expert-approved shaving tips before you jump in the shower.
1. Invest in a good bikini razor.
Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor
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Picking the right razor is the first step to ensuring your bikini line is smooth and bump-free. “If there are more blades, it dispenses more pressure, allowing each blade to cut with less force but more effect,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City. In other words, you’ll get a better, closer shave without risking a cut or irritation.
“Choosing a firm, sturdy razor with soothing strips will make a huge difference,” adds Eileen Bischoff, esthetician and hair-removal specialist at Eve Salon in New York City. While throwaways are great for use while traveling and can get the job done, they’re labeled “disposable” for a reason. “They’re not meant to be used for a month,” she says.
Or, there’s the option of single-blade stainless steel safety razors, which have become popular especially to reduce plastic waste. Believe it or not, they’re just as safe as a regular plastic razor for your skin, even your bikini line, says Dr. Rodney. “With only one pass, you remove the hairs completely. There’s less trauma to the skin surface, and the hairs are cut bluntly, decreasing the risk of ingrown hairs,” she says.
Gillette Venus Tropical Women’s Disposable Razor
2. Prep to prevent ingrown hair on your bikini line.
Before shaving your bikini area, spend about 10 minutes in warm water first. This will help soften the outer layer of your skin, making it easier to remove hair (and lessen your chances of getting razor burn), says Fumi Ozaki, an esthetician and electrologist in Redondo Beach, California. “After the 10 minutes is up, pat the skin dry to remove any excess water,” she says.
Once your bikini line has been cleaned and dried, Engelman suggests lightly exfoliating with a wet washcloth or a scrub to remove dead skin cells, allowing the blade to get closer to the skin. “It teases out any stubborn ingrown hairs prior to shaving,” she says.
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3. Don’t skip shaving cream.
You might think this shaving accessory is just a feel- and smell-good component to the process, but it’s way more than that. “When you shave, you’re shaving your skin, too,” says Bischoff. “If you don’t use enough shaving cream to create enough slip, you’ll lightly abrade your skin, leaving it irritated.” Ouch.
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And similarly to that quality bikini shaver you’re supposed to buy, don’t just reach for a random, cheap shaving cream. “Use a good-quality shaving gel with a short list of moisturizing ingredients, like shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil—these types of bases will give a proper buffer for your razor,” says Engelman.
Apply a very thin layer only to the area that needs to be shaved so you can see the skin and hair shaft underneath. “This is much safer, so there’s no need to move the blade back and forth on the skin,” says Ozaki.
4. Pay attention to your shaving direction.
People have a lot of opinions about whether you should shave up or down on your bikini line, and the direction you shave does matter. “How you shave can be really, really important, especially for people who are prone to bumps,” says Bischoff. Going in a ton of different directions with your razor makes cuts and subsequent ingrown hairs more likely. Shave in one direction—with the hair growth. Going against the grain of your hair makes irritation much more likely.
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While gliding your razor gently along the bikini line, keep the blade downward without adding too much pressure. “One pass should be fine, especially if you’re using a razor that has many blades,” says Ozaki. “The more blades used, the fewer times you should feel the need to re-shave over this sensitive area.”
5. Calm your skin after shaving the bikini area.
Wash off as soon as you put your razor down, and hold a cold compress to the area for 10 minutes to prevent irritation, says Ozaki. Apply an anti-redness serum (preferably fragrance-free) to further reduce your chances of experiencing razor burn. “I recommend tea tree oil, both a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, which can help calm razor burn,” says Engelman. “If you’ve really caused some irritation, more intense creams, like topical steroids, can be prescribed to reduce redness, swelling, and pain.”
6. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
It’s important to always hydrate and moisturize after shaving. “Apply an unscented, alcohol-free moisturizer to both sides of the bikini line to lock in the moisture and avoid over-drying, which leads to further irritation,” says Engelman. Bischoff suggests looking for products containing soothing aloe vera, as well as jojoba oil and vitamin E for hydration.
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7. Clean your bikini razor.
After every shave, make sure to sanitize your blades with rubbing alcohol and warm or hot water. If your razor looks rusty and you’ve been using it for a while, toss it out. “Replace old blades—ones you’ve used for more than five to seven shaves,” says Engelman.
You can also cut your losses (and avoid those red bumps) by storing blades in a clean, dry place so they don’t pick up bacteria sitting around in the shower.
8. If shaving bothers your skin, there are other options.
Shaving might not be the right move for everyone’s skin. If you still prefer to be smooth, waxing, either by a professional or with an at-home wax kit, is a safe and gentle choice for your skin, because it removes the hair from the root and doesn’t allow bacteria to enter as easily, says Dr. Rodney. “When the hair grows back, the tips are soft, not sharp, and so it’s less likely to cause ingrown hairs,” she says. Plus, it often takes longer for the hair to grow back than shaving does. For an even longer-term option for sensitive skin, laser hair removal might be for you to avoid the need to shave altogether.
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How to get rid of razor burn, bumps and ingrown hair
Razor burn and ingrown hairs are uncomfortable and unsightly, but thankfully, also avoidable. According to Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, these types of skin irritations are often the culprit of improper shaving techniques. She says razor burn and ingrown hairs are caused by shaving too close, shaving with a dull razor and not prepping skin beforehand. Skipping exfoliation, shaving cream and lotion can also lead to skin abrasions. King says amending how you shave your skin – whether it be your face, legs or bikini line – can prevent rashes and bumps from forming and ensure that skin is left silky smooth every time.
Overall, King says there is no hygienic or medical reason that you need to remove body of facial hair. She says that it’s beneficial to skip shaving if you have pseudofolliculitis barbae, a condition where ingrown hairs cause inflammation and scarring. King notes that if you have active infections such as warts or herpes, “shaving can spread the infection so it’s best to forgo shaving until the infection has resolved.” However, if you choose to shave, consider these expert tips from dermatologists. Here’s everything you need to know about razor burn and ingrown hairs plus how to avoid them. Dermatologists also offer expert shaving tips and advice about buying the best razor for your needs.
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What is razor burn?
Razor burn is a skin irritation that usually appears after shaving. It causes red bumps or rashes in areas that were shaved, and generally lasts for a few days while skin is healing. King says razor burn is often caused by not using shaving cream or gel, products with emollients like shaving cream or gel. Emollients, an ingredient in moisturizer that keeps skin soft, smooth and hydrated, which King says is important because when you shave, you are not just getting rid of hair – you are also stripping away the outermost layers of skin. Using products containing emollients while shaving protects and moisturizes skin, thus decreasing the chance of skin becoming irritated or inflamed.
How do you get rid of razor burn?
According to Robert Finney, MD, a dermatologist in New York, one of the best treatments for razor burn is no treatment. He says if you stop shaving, the irritation will get better. However, if you want to shave, Finney says to stretch out the interval between shaves.
If you have razor burn, King says you should allow skin to heal by avoiding additional irritation – do not exfoliate or shave again until the razor burn has resolved itself. Apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to the affected area, which can help soothe shaving irritation. King also recommends using an emollient such as Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment if you have razor burn.
How to prevent razor burn
Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, says using shaving cream or gel is especially crucial for preventing razor burn. Shaving cream and gel coat the hair and enhance the glide of the razor against skin, which helps minimize potential skin irritation. King and Zeichner both recommend Schaf Skin Care Shave Cream. King also suggests Eos Shea Butter Sensitive Skin Shave Cream, which contains shea butter to moisturize skin, and Zeichner says he likes Aveeno Shave Gel, which is made with colloidal oatmeal, forming a protective seal over skin to hydrate and soothe inflammation.
Your after shaving routine is also important to preventing razor burn, notably using a moisturizing product to help repair the skin. Zeichner recommends using Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream after shaving because it contains high levels of niacinamide or vitamin B3 that soothes and strengthens the skin barrier. As another option, Finney suggests using is Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum because it repairs the skin barrier after shaving, while also moisturizing. King warns against using aftershave, however, as products that contain alcohol can sting and burn skin and are overall not necessary to apply.
What are ingrown hairs and how to prevent them?
Ingrown hairs are bumps that contain trapped hair. They occur when cut hairs start to grow back down into the skin rather than growing out above the skin. King says ingrown hairs are typically found in areas that are shaved, and often look like skin-colored or red bumps – however, they can also appear as painful pus bumps.
King says the best solution to prevent ingrown hairs is to completely get rid of the hair through laser hair removal or electrolysis. However, not shaving too closely by using an electric razor can help. King also recommends exfoliating with a gentle scrub or a cleanser containing glycolic or other alpha-hydroxy acids, as doing so can reduce the layers of skin covering where the hair is growing. King recommends using products like Eucerin Roughness Relief, Cerave SA Body Lotion and AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion.
Overall, King urges those who suffer from ingrown hairs not to pick at them. She says the worst marks come from picking at ingrown hairs, not the ingrown hairs themselves. Picking ingrown hairs also increases the risk of infection, scarring, discoloration and prolongs the healing process. Finney says if ingrown hairs or razor burn becomes infected, it is painful or persists after you try to intervene at home, it’s time to see a dermatologist – prescription medications may be needed.
Expert shaving tips
- Before shaving, spend about ten minutes in warm water to soften the outer layer of skin. King says this makes it easier to remove hair and decreases the risk of razor burn. Zeichner also recommends shaving after you shower, if you have time.
- Before you shave, gently exfoliate with a warm, wet washcloth or a gentle moisturizing scrub like King’s pick: Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash.
- King says it’s important to shave in the direction of hair growth. Use short light strokes – don’t increase the pressure as you go. Zeichner suggests washing your razor every two to three strokes, too. Rinse skin with cool water after you shave and pat skin dry. Also, do not shave over the same area more than once.
- King says you should shave with a new, sharp, clean blade frequently.
Preparing skin before you shave, moisturize and exfoliate are important – but so is using a high-quality razor. King recommends looking for a razor that has multiple blades and a pivoting head that will adjust to your body’s curves. She also suggests purchasing a razor with soothing strips on the blade, which helps protect the skin while shaving. An ergonomic handle that fits your hand is also a great feature to look for when buying a razor. Here are the best razors for men and women, according to dermatologists.
Best women’s razors
Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Razor
King recommends this razor due to the water-activated ribbon of moisture around the blade that helps protect skin cuts and irritation. The razor has an ergonomic metal handle with an anti-slip grip for control. Its rounded head also pivots, allowing you to shave hard-to-reach areas. The razor features five blades, promoting a smoother shave on women’s legs and bikini line.
Billie Razor’s blades are nickel-free, so they’re safe for those who are allergic to metal. It has an ergonomic handle that comes in four colors – DreamPop, Coral, Cool Blue, and Blush – and its blades are encased in a charcoal shave soap, moisturizing skin as you shave. The razor comes with a holder that sticks to shower walls and connects to the magnet in the razor’s handle, making storage easy and clean. The Billie Razor Starter Kit includes a razor, a magic handle and two blades.
This razor has a weighted handle and rubber grip making for an easy hold while shaving. It’s head is flexible, allowing it to move with the curves of your body, and it has a hydrating strip to moisturize skin. The Flamingo Razor has custom-cut Gothic Arch shaped blades made from stainless steel, which promise a close, smooth shave. The razor’s handle comes in four colors: Taro & Rose Gold, Desert Rose & Silver, Mint & Gold, and Pomelo & Silver.
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This razor was made specifically to help users avoid ingrown hairs and razor burn. It has a single-blade that cuts hair at skin-level, decreasing the chance of hair getting trapped below the skin’s surface as it regrows. Single-blade razors like this one are often referred to as safety razors because they have a bar that keeps the blade away from the skin, yet offers a close shave. This razor is weighted to add pressure, since you shouldn’t press into skin like you would while using a plastic razor. The Single Razor comes in Rose Gold and Matte Gold.
Schick Intuition Sensitive Care Razor
The head of this razor is surrounded by a block of moisturizing soap that contains aloe and vitamin E — gentle ingredients that won’t irritate sensitive skin. The soap eliminates the need for shaving cream or body wash — simply wet skin and begin shaving. The razor has four blades that sit on top of a pivoting head, allowing it to glide along skin even in bony areas like knees and ankles. The razor’s handle has a soft rubber grip, and it comes in three colors: Green, Purple and Pink.
Best men’s razors
Gillette ProGlide Shield Razor
Zeichner recommends the Gillette ProGlide Shield for men. It contains spring-mounted blades and the razor’s handle is made with FlexBall technology, both of which help the razor contour to the neck and face — giving you the closest and safest shave possible. Zeichner says this razor also has special lubricating strips on either side of the blades to keep the skin barrier in good condition during and after shaving.
Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body Trimmer and Shaver
Finney recommends this electric razor, which he says has “greatly helped reduce razor bumps” on his neck. The razor can be used on the face, neck and body, making it versatile and convenient. Each time you fully charge this device, it gives you up to 60 minutes of cordless shaving. It comes with four stubble combs for the face that ensure even cutting at different hair lengths, and a click-on skin guard for sensitive areas. The trimmer and shaver also comes with a face blade, a body blade, a body hair comb, a power adapter and a protection cap.
Harry’s The Winston Razor
The Winston Razor has a weighted ergonomic handle that gives you greater control while you shave. The handle has a rubberized grip that’s comfortable to hold, too. Its head features five sharp, durable blades set on a flex hinge and surrounded by a lubricating strip. Blades include a built-in precision trimmer that work well for shaving sideburns and hard-to-reach places like under the nose. Harry’s does not recommend using its blades for head shaving.
Schick Hydro 5 Sense Hydrate Razor
Moisturize your skin as you shave with these coconut oil-infused razor blades.It has a flip back trimmer that gets to hard-to-reach areas and ensures precise, clean lines as you shave around your eyebrows, for example. The razors feature five blades with skin guards and seven hydrating gel pools that hydrate skin, too. The handles come in five colors: Black, Green, Yellow, Grey Wood and Blue Camo.
The three-blade head on this razor is designed to last for up to 15 shaves. Blades are made from sharp steel, making them highly durable. The razor’s head is surrounded by a lubrication strip and a skin guard that helps prevent skin from becoming red or irritated while you’re shaving. The handle is weighted and features a rubber grip for ultimate control, too.
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Shaving rash – A former stripper shares her tips for preventing bikini line shaving rash
If you’re not that into pubic hair, you’ll probably know the immense, all-consuming discomfort you feel the day after shaving your bikini region. It’s so awful, it makes many women turn to the pricier (and ouchier) waxing instead, or just leaving it au naturel to save all the hassle and cash (which, btw, we’re all for).
But one Reddit user, who previously worked as a stripper for four years so knows what it’s like to have her crotch quite literally in the spotlight, has shared her trusted techniques to a blemish-free bikini area after shaving.
– Exfoliate, then rub the area with baby oil before you shave to soften the hair and skin.
– Shave using a men’s razor (one with four blades) and men’s moisturising shaving cream. Since they are made for faces, they are extra gentle.
– Dab some Ingrown Hair Solution on the skin after you shave to kill bacteria and close your pores.
Skin Doctors contains Acetylsalicylic and glycolic acid – both of which are known for their ability to dissolve any build up of dead skin cells from the surface of the dermis and prevent pores clogging and ingrown hairs. Clever, huh?
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– Then apply deodorant (an unscented Dove stick works best) liberally. This will keep you dry down there so you won’t chafe and prevents razor bumps.
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Speaking about her technique, she says:
“Mine was always flawless, I was a dancer for four years and did this almost daily. I posted this same routine under my old account and I got TONS of messages in my inbox with girls thanking me for their blemish-free pies.”
So if you want your, er, ‘pie’ as smooth as can be, give her tips a go.
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Razor Bumps | Michigan Medicine
What are razor bumps?
Razor bumps, or ingrown hairs, are small, irritated bumps on the skin. They happen after you shave, when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin. They cause irritation and pimples. They also may cause scarring.
How are razor bumps treated?
The best way to treat razor bumps is to stop shaving. If you can’t do that, use a clean needle to release the hair shaft when you see a bump forming. This usually stops a razor bump from growing.
If you start shaving again, razor bumps usually return.
For severe razor bumps, you may need a special skin cream, such as hydrocortisone, antibiotic, or tretinoin cream.
Do other hair removal methods cause razor bumps?
Waxing and plucking may cause razor bumps.
Hair removal products called depilatories do not cause razor bumps. But they can irritate the skin and should be used only once or twice a week.
Removing hair permanently with laser treatments, or electrolysis, does not cause razor bumps.
Can razor bumps be prevented?
These tips can help when you shave:
- Moisten your skin with water and mild soap first. This will soften the hair and open the pores.
- Use a thick shaving gel.
- Don’t stretch the skin when you shave. Always shave in the direction the hair is growing. Use the fewest razor strokes possible. Rinse with cold water.
- Use an electric razor if you can adjust it to avoid the closest setting.
- After you shave, use a moisturizing cream.
Who is likely to get razor bumps?
Anyone can get them. They’re most common in people with tightly curled or spiral hair strands.
Current as of:
July 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD – Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD – Family Medicine
Ellen K. Roh MD – Dermatology
Current as of: July 2, 2020
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD – Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD – Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD – Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh MD – Dermatology
How to Prevent and Treat Razor Burn
If you’d rather stick to multi-blade razors, look for those that are designed to minimize pulling. The Venus Extra Smooth Sensitive is a stellar drugstore option that cuts through hair at a reduced force thanks to extra-thin spring-mounted blades. Whichever one you choose, just remember to switch out the blades whenever they begin to dull. And while it’s convenient to store your razor right in the shower, it will last longer if you keep it in a dry environment to avoid rusting the blades. (That’s a sure ticket to getting razor burn and maybe even a bacterial infection.)
Here’s a more in-depth list of the best razors for women out there, complete with full reviews.
Gillette Venus Sensitive Razor
Oui the People Single-Blade Razor
4. Always use shaving cream.
As tempting as it may be to let your conditioner or body wash multitask, shaving creams were designed for the express purpose of preventing irritation and nourishing your skin. So please, let them fulfill their destinies.
“Shaving creams or gels provide a lubricating layer between your skin’s surface and your razor to reduce friction and help protect your skin from any abrasion,” says Orszulak. Because these tend to be thicker formulas, they also provide a visual guide to help you see exactly where your razor has and hasn’t been, so you can avoid making multiple passes over the same spot.
Check out our list of the best shaving creams for women for more of our favorites.
Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel
Gillette Venus Pure Shaving Cream (2-Pack)
5. Protect your skin barrier with lotion or body oil.
Just like your face, the rest of your body also has a skin barrier. Keeping it moisturized is the easiest way to avoid irritation. Zeichner recommends the Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Lotion, which has a nongreasy formula that’s great for restoring hydration and forming a protective seal. Young likes using Oui the People’s Featherweight body oil right out of the shower. “Dry skin is a hotbed for irritation,” she says.
How to Treat Razor Burn
Of course, even with the best razors and perfect shaving technique, accidents can still happen. If you do wind up with a bad case of razor burn, here’s how you can treat it.
1. Try anti-inflammatories like aloe or oatmeal.
Derms recommend treating razor burn like any other case of mild skin irritation—look for anti-inflammatories and avoid irritants. Two of the best options are aloe and colloidal oatmeal, which are readily available in any drugstore. Aveeno Body Lotion remains a favorite for its emollient, gentle effects.
2. Apply a cold compress.
If your skin reacts the way it does after a waxing session and feels warm and inflamed, get it out of the heat immediately. A cold compress can help take down that initial irritation and constrict blood vessels; just wet a clean washcloth in cold water and let it sit over the area.
3. Consider an over-the-counter treatment.
In more extreme cases of redness or swelling, head to the drugstore for an over-the-counter topical like hydrocortisone to help with swelling. As always, consult your derm or doctor if it starts showing signs of infection, but razor burn is a minor enough skin irritation that it should resolve on its own in several days.
Sarah Wu is a writer in Berlin. Follow her on Instagram @say.wu.
90,000 Razor burn in the pubic region: causes, treatment, prevention
Razor burn in the pubic region:
causes, treatment, prevention
Razor burn is a small red bump that appears after shaving due to damage to the hair follicles. They can often be mistaken for genital herpes or other sexually transmitted infections.
The best way to avoid razor burn is to choose an alternative hair removal method.Razor burns can be treated with over-the-counter creams, home remedies, and certain treatments.
In the never-ending quest for silky smooth skin, no part of the body is safe – not even the infamous pubic area. The skin of the pubic area is especially sensitive; one touch with a razor can leave you with red, sore, itchy and burning bumps. Read on to find out how you can protect yourself from razor burn.
What is razor burn
Razor burn as a condition falls under “folliculitis,” a term that broadly refers to any skin condition where hair follicles become inflamed.
Razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis) occur when the hair follicle itself is damaged during shaving, resulting in swelling, pain, and redness. This condition is especially common in the bikini area, but it can also affect men who shave their beards, especially with thick or curly hair.
Shaving effectively exfoliates the skin and gets rid of its top layer, which usually consists of dead cells. If there isn’t a proper barrier between your skin and the razor, you risk cutting too deep and damaging the underside of your new, sensitive skin.
This damaged skin is prone to the development of new diseases, including infected ingrown hairs. For all of these reasons, figuring out how to prevent razor bumps is key to a healthy skin care routine.
How to tell the difference between a razor burn or an STI?
Small red bumps can be cause for concern, especially when they appear in the pubic area. A razor burn can resemble some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including herpes.These itchy and painful conditions are often mistaken for each other. It is good for your peace of mind to know how to identify an STI correctly so you know whether to see a doctor or not.
The most important factor to consider is if you have other symptoms. STIs are usually accompanied by fever, pain, and headaches. Herpes, for example, can be accompanied by painful urination.
There are also visual cues that can correct your rating.For example, genital warts feel different from razor burns and have sharper, jagged edges. Shaving burns are usually only sensitive to touch, so if you experience severe pain or if your bumps are more like open wounds, it’s time to see your doctor.
Before trying any treatment, you must first take a break from shaving. Your skin needs little time to heal naturally, and shaving can only worsen irritation.
There are several ways to treat these annoying bikini lesions.
Creams and medicines
Benzoyl peroxide, corticosteroids, topical retinoids, and antibiotics can be used to treat razor burns. Using antibacterial benzoyl peroxide creams or applying a cream with low potency hydrocortisone (0.5-1%) can help prevent bacteria that cause itching, redness, and scars.
Some medicines designed to treat these red inflammations also contain acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), which reduces pain and inflammation.
Several natural remedies may be helpful in treating razor burns, soothing inflammation and pain.
Apply a small amount of lemon juice or tea tree oil to the affected area with a cotton ball to prevent bacteria from entering. Some people swear by the soothing effects of aloe vera, baking soda, and witch hazel, all of which are said to soothe irritation and keep inflammation in check.
Be sure to use caution before applying the solution directly to the pubis. Try a small area of your body first to be safe.
This may sound like a strange idea, but some people swear by the idea of using face masks in the bikini area, which is essentially just a chemical peel for the pubic area.
These peels are usually composed of exfoliating acids, including salicylic acid, mandelic acid, or lactic acid.These ingredients help reduce inflammation, create a smoother look and soften acne and ingrown hair scars.
The best way to prevent razor burn anywhere on your body is to shave with extreme care, or not shave altogether.
If you need to shave, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends starting with damp hair and skin to soften and prepare the shaving area.You should also use a protectant, such as a cream or gel, to create a barrier between the razor and your skin. The most important thing is that you shave in the direction of hair growth.
A few additional tips:
- Try softening your skin with a hot compress a few minutes before shaving.
- When shaving, always rinse the shaver after each pass to ensure the area to be cleaned is properly hydrated.
- Avoid shaving with hot or cold water – warm water is best.
- Store the shaver outside the shower to protect it from bacteria and rust growth.
- Using a new shaver can sometimes cause burns, so use it first on less sensitive areas such as your legs.
Of course, the only surefire way to prevent razor burn is to get rid of shaving as a matter of principle. Fortunately, there are many safe, simple, and affordable hair removal methods.
Note, however, that some alternatives are just as likely to leave you with red bumps. While waxing is by far one of the best ways to get rid of thick, stubborn hair, it can also leave the area red and irritated. Here are some options that are less likely to cause irritation.
Laser hair removal
During laser hair removal, the hair follicles are exposed to pulses of laser radiation, which effectively destroy them, and they do not grow back.Lasers can permanently suppress or reduce hair growth, so you no longer have to worry about removal. You can choose “Brazilian laser hair removal” to remove hair from the entire pubic area, or you can only remove hair from the bikini line.
Electrolysis is currently the only permanent guaranteed hair removal technique. However, the procedure has many limitations as it involves the removal of each individual hair follicle, making it highly impractical when targeting large areas.So, while you can get electrolysis on your bikini line, the process is both painful and time-consuming. It can also leave you with ingrown hairs and permanent skin discoloration.
Also known as depilatory creams, these topical products use acids to loosen hair for easy removal. These creams are similar to razors in that they only remove hair above the hair follicle, so they need to be used regularly if you want to maintain smooth, hairless skin.One of the main benefits of chemical depilatories is that they are reported to produce less damage than razors.
Choosing the right shaving products or switching to an alternative hair removal method will help you get rid of your burns. If it’s too late and the damage is done, you can fight the pain, irritation and itching from bikini bumps with over-the-counter medications and natural remedies.
Want to know more? Ask a certified dermatologist at the Kiev center “DellaRossa” to help you develop a personalized treatment plan.
Avoiding Razor Burns – Shaving & Grooming Articles
One of the most common problems that everyone has encountered once or twice is a razor burn.
It is redness, soreness, or inflammation of the skin. These conditions are caused by the blade scratching the skin, removing the top layers of the epidermis. Fortunately, with the right approach, this can be avoided.
Rest for the face
To relieve inflammation and burns, rest your face from shaving for a few days if possible.
An important step is to wash your face thoroughly with hot water and soap. The soap helps remove excess sebum and dead skin cells that can clog the blade.
Use shaving cream or soap with moisturizing ingredients (glycerin, aloe vera, natural oils).
These products will help the blade glide more smoothly over the skin and prevent irritation caused by direct blade-to-skin contact.
Timely blade change
Change blades in time when you feel traction or discomfort.If you are using a cartridge razor and are experiencing some kind of skin problem, try switching the T-eshku. In experience, many men have experienced immediate relief from irritated skin symptoms after switching to a safety razor.
Shave lightly and smoothly. Start shaving in the direction of hair growth, and then only in other directions, if necessary – for an even closer shave.
Lotions and balms, alcohol-free
After shaving, your skin is exposed to bacteria, so you need a layer of protection against infection and irritation.For this to work, you need an after-shave balm or moisturizer to replenish lost moisture and soothe your skin. Avoid alcohol-based aftershave lotions as they dry out your skin.
We wish you a smooth and pleasant shave!
90,000 How do I avoid getting burned with a razor?
Aside from ingrown hairs and minor cuts, razor burn is the # 1 evil after shaving – for both women and men.
Especially the skin in the armpits, legs and bikini area tends to burn with a razor.Unpleasant consequences: mainly severe redness of the skin, many small razor acne, itching or painful burning. Razor burn affects not only people with sensitive or dry skin: if the razor blade is too dull or too tight, it quickly irritates all skin types. The razor burn can last for several days.
Use only sharp blades!
Sounds paradoxical, but it is: dull blades irritate the skin and increase the risk of cuts because they “scratch” the skin! In the worst case, even old bacteria can sit on the old blade and cause skin infections.After five to seven uses, it is imperative to change the blades. If the razor is dull, understandably quickly. Blades last longer when you place the razor with the blades facing up.
Shaving cream is a must.
For the blades to glide well over the skin, be sure to use shaving foam or gel! This prevents minor injuries and irritation and soothes the skin. If you don’t have shaving cream on hand, hair conditioner will help.
Men with particularly sensitive skin can also use shaving oil, which lays down on the skin as a protective shield and prepares the stubble perfectly for shaving.
Depilation in the direction of growth
Even if it seems more thorough: shaving against hair growth is not more effective, it only irritates the skin more! Especially in the bikini area.
Prepare your skin the right way.
Warmth opens pores and makes shaving easier. With a warm shower or hot bath, your skin can be optimally prepared for the next shave. Peeling also helps. Exfoliation helps reduce ingrown hairs. It is best to exfoliate your skin thoroughly one day before shaving.
Treat stressed skin
After shaving, the skin should be well cared for.This includes rich cream, which should be as alcohol-free or flavorful as possible. A cream containing wound-healing and anti-inflammatory substances such as chamomile or calendula is ideal.
If this happens …
If there is already a razor burn, avoid further irritation as much as possible. That means …
1. Don’t peel off: even if ingrown hairs need to be prevented, do not exfoliate while the skin is irritated – it will only make matters worse!
2.Do not scratch: Yes, this burn can be itchy, but you must not scratch! Not only is it not very good for the skin – it also carries the risk of infection.
3. Do not shave: under no circumstances should you continue doing this after a fire. Whether it’s shaving, waxing or depilatory cream, leave it all on until your skin is completely calm. No deposit bonuses and the best promo in the pin up app.
90,000 How to treat a razor burn?
A razor burn usually causes red bumps on the shaved area of the body.The bumps can be itchy and unpleasant. One way to treat razor burns is to apply medicated creams to the area after. Another way to treat razor burns is to take steps to prevent it in the first place.
Hydrocortisone cream is one of the methods of treating razor burns. It is a corticosteroid commonly used to treat a variety of skin irritations and inflammations. After shaving, the person should apply a small amount of the cream to the razor-burned area.Hydrocortisone is available in 1 or 2 percent concentration without a prescription, or in stronger prescription concentrations.
A certain amount of caution should be exercised when using hydrocortisone to treat razor burns. If used too often, it can actually make the condition worse as the skin acclimates to it. It can also lead to skin thinning if used for too long. Razor burn usually goes away after two uses of hydrocortisone.If this does not happen, the person should try another treatment.
Certain astringents can be used to treat razor burns. After shaving, a person may try applying an astringent containing salicylic acid to the area to prevent and heal any razor burns. The acid in the binder exfoliates the top layer of dead skin, freeing any ingrown hairs. It also kills any bacteria that causes the razor to burn on your skin. Astringents that contain witch hazel or benzene peroxide can also help with razor burns.
Preventing razor burns and blows is sometimes the best way to treat them. If a person often experiences razor burn after shaving, they may consider changing their hair removal technique. Waxing usually does not result in bumps or irritation. While it costs more than shaving, it also lasts for several weeks instead of one or two days.
A person can also use chemical depilatories to remove hair. Depilators cause hair breakdown, which does not damage the follicle as much as shaving.Some people may experience irritation from hair removal chemicals, so they are not for everyone.
Making small adjustments to your shaving technique can also help prevent and heal razor burn. If the problem is with a razor burn, the person should try changing the direction of shaving. While it is common to shave closer when the razor is pressed against the hair, irritation is less likely if she shaves in the direction of hair growth. Using a fresh, sharp razor, shaving cream, or gel instead of soap and shaving at the end of your shower or bath can also prevent razor burn.
90,000 How to treat a razor burn on your feet?
There are several treatments for razor burns on the legs, some of which treat skin irritation after it occurs and some help prevent it. It’s important to remember that razor burn is essentially a rash that results from the removal of the top layer of skin and causes the area to crack. To cure this, you can use a skin care product that contains hydrocortisone, or be sure to moisturize your feet immediately after shaving.Preventing razor burns on your feet includes using a new razor with every shave, shaving at the end of a shower or bath, using a shaving cream formulated for sensitive or dry skin, or avoiding shaving altogether by switching to a wax regime. Another preventive method is the use of an electric shaver.
Using a topical product, such as lotion with or without hydrocortisone, helps soothe the skin, replenish the moisture removed from it during shaving, and reduce the appearance and sensation of razor burn.Hydrocortisone can help reduce the redness from razor burn as well as reduce the burning sensation associated with this condition. In most cases, a topical solution containing only 1% hydrocortisone will do the job. Those who prefer to use a lotion without this ingredient should look for aloe or chamomile lotion, which can provide additional soothing benefits.
One of the main reasons people get razor burns on their feet has to do with the type of razor they use.If the razor has been used several times before, it can be quite boring, which can worsen the burn of the razor. Be sure to use a fresh razor every time. You can also try a few different brands and see if one is less uncomfortable than the other.
Shaving after the skin is soft and moisturized in the bath or shower will also reduce razor burn. This means that shaving at the end of your shower or bath can help reduce the problem. You can also use shaving cream or shaving oil instead of soap.These types of products will lubricate your skin better before shaving, which will help reduce damage to the skin on your legs.
90,000 Dermatologists talked about the most common genital shaving injuries
When shaving the pubis, more than a quarter of people suffer from cuts, burns and rashes, dermatologists have found. Some even have to go to a doctor with injuries after hair removal. Experts suggest that guidance on safely disposing of vegetation may help reduce injury rates.
Dermatologists have taken up razors again – or rather, the consequences of their use. Injuries from pubic shaving are the topic of a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The researchers presented the results of the work in the journal JAMA Dermatology .
Dermatologists interviewed 7570 people, of whom 5674 (76.1%) reported that they remove hair in the perineum in one way or another. Of these, 94% did it on their own, without resorting to the services of beauty salons.
More than a quarter of those who got rid of vegetation faced unpleasant consequences.
Most often – in 61% of cases – these were cuts. The second place – 23% – was taken by burns received during the removal of hair with wax. In 12% of cases, the respondents suffered from a subsequent rash.
, almost every tenth noted that after hair removal he developed an infectious inflammation.
And 1.5% had to see a doctor to cope with the consequences of shaving.At the same time, almost half of them needed surgical intervention – opening an abscess or suturing.
Among men, scrotal cuts were the most common – 67% of respondents complained about them. 35% talked about cuts in the penis, 29% – the pubis. Women, on the other hand, most often injured the pubis – in 51% of cases. Cuts on the inner surface of the thigh were found in 45%, the vagina – in 43%, the area between the vagina and the anus – in 13%, and the anus itself – in 6%.
“Razors were found to be associated with the most damage, but this may be because they are used more often,” said urologist Benjamin Beyer, one of the study’s authors.”Electric shavers are less traumatic, but also less popular because they shave less well.”
Experience in removing vegetation did not lead to less trauma: the more often the respondents removed their hair, the more often they received cuts and burns. In addition, the amount of vegetation was also a significant factor – those survey participants who considered themselves hairy faced the consequences more often than others.
“We were very surprised by the number of people who were injured during hair removal,” says Beyer.”3% of people who go to the emergency room with genital trauma got it from vegetation.”
Although serious injuries are fortunately rare, the researchers believe it would be useful to develop specific guidelines for perineal hair removal that will minimize the risk of injury. In addition, they note that
in fact, there may be more people who have experienced cuts and burns – it is possible that some of the respondents simply did not pay attention to the injuries they received or forgot about them.
Earlier, another team of researchers interviewed 3316 women to find out why they remove their crotch hair. As it turned out, more than half did this for hygienic reasons. However, this perception of hygiene runs counter to facts : People who remove hair between their legs are 70% more likely to experience STDs and 90% more likely to have pubic lice. One in five women got rid of vegetation for the sake of a partner, and some also claimed that they feel sexier without hair.
Avoiding irritation after shaving
In English, skin irritation after shaving is called a “razor burn” . The symptoms are really similar to a burn: the skin turns red, itches, swells, hurts when touched. It may also develop a distinct red rash.
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See what irritation looks like after shaving
Why irritation occurs after shaving
Experts from the American medical resource KidsHealth call seven main reasons:
- You do not wash your face with warm water before the procedure.
- You forget to use a shaving gel or cream.
- You have a dull razor.
- You are putting too much pressure on the machine.
- You shave against hair growth.
- You are using inappropriate cosmetics, to which your skin reacts with irritation. For example, it can be a scented aftershave.
- You shave too often.
How to shave to avoid irritation
Pre-steam your skin
For example, take a hot shower or dip your face in warm water.This is an important point: thanks to the warmth and moisture, the skin becomes more elastic and elastic, and the bristles are softened and easier to machine. If not prepared, you will have to put in more effort to shave, and the risk of accidentally damaging the cover will increase.
Always use shaving cream or gel
These products are designed to help the blade glide more easily over the skin and reduce trauma. In addition, creams and gels moisturize and soothe the epidermis, further reducing the risk of irritation.
If special shaving cosmetics are not at hand, they can be replaced with regular soap foam. Just remember to apply a moisturizer to your skin immediately after the procedure.
Change the blade to a new one in time
If you have used the machine several times, it has probably lost its sharpness. This is clearly manifested: if at first it was enough to make one movement to cut off all the hairs, then the tired blade has to actively crawl over the skin – otherwise poorly shaved areas remain.In addition, older shaving razors are less slippery. As a result, you chafe your skin.
There are no strict standards for how often the blades should be changed. Be guided by your own sensations when shaving, the condition of the cutting insert (it is definitely time to throw it away if it has plaque or rust on it) and the recommendations given by the razor manufacturers:
- if you shave daily, change the blade every 1-2 weeks;
- every other day – every 2-3 weeks;
- a couple of times weekly – every 4-6 weeks.
And just in case, we remind you: if you buy disposable machines, use them exactly once. No more.
Do not press the razor into the skin
The temptation to push the razor occurs when it is dull. In this case, you are deliberately rough in order to accurately cut off all the hairs.
But if the blade is sharp, with great diligence it will shave off the bristles along with the upper layer of the epidermis. This can lead not only to irritation, but also to inflammation of the damaged areas: this is how red pimples appear on freshly shaved skin.
Be aware of the consequences and try to make light, gentle movements so as not to injure the skin.
Do not shave against hair growth
When you pull the blade in the opposite direction to the growth of the bristles, you are pulling roughly on the hairs. This leads to skin irritation. It will be the stronger, the more abruptly and hastily you worked with the machine.
Therefore, guide the razor slowly and carefully in the direction in which your hair is growing.
Only shave when you really need to.
The procedure only makes sense if the hair has had time to grow back.Otherwise, working with the machine will only lead to skin irritation.
What to do if irritation after shaving still appears
The procedure is the same as for any other minor burn, such as sunburn.