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How to Prevent and Soothe Razor Burn When You Shave | Expert Tips

With the coldest season of the year approaching, and many of us spending much more time at home than we did pre-COVID, it’s possible that you might be, let’s just say, shaving less often. And while we’re all for keeping it natural, this can actually present a double-edged sword whenever you do decide to pick that razor back up: Skin that’s become more sensitive to a blade and consequentially, a bit more prone to razor burn.

Though it’s not necessarily a burn in the literal sense of the word, razor burn is really just an umbrella term for any type of irritation that ensues after using a razor, whether it’s actual cuts and scrapes or little hive-like bumps.

“This [term] can encompass redness, irritation, bumps, skin scrapes, or folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles),” explains Jennifer MacGregor, a board-certified in New York City. Basically, she says, it describes any rash, irritation, or even infection that occurs after shaving.

It’s not the same thing as an ingrown hair, though those pesky bumps are also often a byproduct of shaving improperly. Ultimately though, “Razor burn is due to friction of the razor against the skin,” explains board-certified dermatologist Charlotte Birnbaum in New York City. (This happens when the hair follicles, which may already be bumpy or dry, become nicked by the passage of a razor blade.) Though specific symptoms vary, the most classic type of razor burn is red, irritated skin that itches and — you guessed it — burns.

To help make it a smoother experience — pun intended — we tapped into the know-how of three skin experts. Below, you’ll find dermatologists’ top tips for soothing the sting of razor burn, as well as how to prevent it in the first place.

Reexamine your shaving technique

First things first: prevention. The good news is that there are plenty of dermatologist-backed tips to incorporate into your shaving routine that can help prevent razor burn from developing.

Some important things not to do: shaving on dry skin, using a dull razor, or shaving against the grain. Instead, apply a shaving gel or cream onto wet skin (or, if you’re out, a moisturizing body wash) and use a clean, sharp blade to shave in gentle strokes that follow the direction of hair growth.

How to Avoid Razor Burn: Laser Bar & Spa: Laser Hair Removal

Shaving is one of the cheapest and fastest ways to remove hair, but it has a few downsides. After you shave, your hair grows back quickly, and you may end up with razor burn. 

The term “razor burn” refers to the irritation that occurs as a consequence of shaving with a razor blade. Another consequence of shaving is the development of ingrown hairs, which curl into the skin and cause inflammation and bumps. 

Our specialists at Laser Bar and Spa understand the challenges of removing hair. For this blog, we asked them to explain how you can reduce your risk for razor burn and treat the condition after it develops.

Preventing razor burn 

You may develop irritation due to the razor scratching your skin during the shaving process. To avoid this, apply oils or aloe vera to create a barrier between your skin and the blade. 

Blades that are sharp and clean are also less likely to cause razor burn. You don’t have to shave the same area twice if your blade is sharp enough to remove all the hair on the first go.

After you finish shaving, avoid wearing tight fabrics, because they can irritate the recently shaved areas. 

Treating razor burn 

Even if you take all of the recommended precautions, you can still get razor burn. If you do, there are several ways you can soothe your skin.

Use a cold compress or opt for cooling gels, particularly those containing menthol. Tea tree oil may also help prevent potential bacterial infections.

If you develop razor burn on skin that recently experienced sunburn, try dabbing some yogurt on it to both relieve the inflammation and cool down your skin.  

Don’t worry about razor burn again

To stay smooth, most people need to shave every day or every other day. Plus, the results of shaving are rarely flawless, thanks to the bumps and irritation. 

By offering laser hair removal treatments, our specialists at Laser Bar and Spa can take away the worry and inconvenience of having to shave daily. 

With laser hair removal, you feel flawless all the time. Results from laser treatments may last up to a year, after which you may need some light touch-ups. Many of our clients lose most of their hair after just a few sessions of laser hair removal. 

You can get laser hair removal on your face, back, chest, arms, legs, and pubic area. 

Forget about razor burn, irritation, and sharp blades. Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out if you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal. We’re located in New York City in Midtown Manhattan’s Herald Square.

How to Prevent Razor Burn

Ever wonder why some guys let their facial hair run rampant? Beyond paying tribute to the bearded rock gods in ZZ Top, these men (like celebrities and their facial hair) might prefer their unruly manes to the discomfort or pain that razor burn brings.  

 “You need to remember that shaving is a process that not only affects the hair, but also the skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Dermatology. Shaving is a good form of exfoliating, or sloughing off dead skin cells, but overdoing it can bring redness, cause razor bumps, and expose tender skin. 

If you’re red, dry or itchy, take a few days off to heal, says Jeffrey Benabio, M.D., Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation at Kaiser Permanente. Read on for more dermatologists’ tips for reducing razor burn and getting the closest shave yet.

First, take a steamy shower

Warm water softens both your hair and skin, reducing tension as your razor blade cuts your scruff, Zeicher says. (And by the way, discover the right way to shower while you’re at it.)

Lather up

Massage shaving cream into your face and neck in a circular motion and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes. If you want to get fancy, try a badger shave brush to help lift the hairs, soften them, and spread shaving cream evenly, Benabio says. Feeling too lazy to lather? Keep in mind that a dry shave drags the blade across the skin, increasing the likelihood for ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and irritation, Benabio says.  

Replace your razor

If you feel any tugging while shaving, ditch your razor and swap it for a new one, Zeichner says. A lot of guys use old blades that cause tiny tears in the skin that can be uncomfortable, Benabio adds. While your razor may have grown on you, it’s time to cut ties. For a standard shaver, use it about 5 to 7 times before trashing the tool. 

Follow the order

Give the thickest hairs the longest amount of time to soften up with the shaving gel, Zeicher advises. Start with the sides of your beard, then move to your neck and up your chin, and end with your mustache.

Go with the flow

Shaving against the grain may give you a closer shave, but can increase your risk of skin irritation, Zeichner says. Doing so causes the hairs to be cut below the surface of the skin. When the hair regrows, it becomes trapped and curls back on itself and grows inward. This causes inflamed, red bumps that are further injured the next time you shave, Banabio says. Note that hair on different areas of your face may grow in completely different directions, so using a mirror is preferable than a blind shower shave.

Reduce the pressure

You don’t have to push hard to get a good shave, Zeicher says. It only increases skin irritation. To avoid rough handling, you can use a vibrating razor handle to help decrease the amount of pressure you apply. 

Rinse and repeat

Wash the razor under warm water every one to two strokes to clear away stubble and cream blocking the blade, which can cause nicks in your skin. Don’t tap the razor to shake off the cream as it can damage the blade. When you finally get your face as smooth as it was before you hit puberty, apply a moisturizer to help your skin heal.  

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7 ways to avoid shaving rash on legs and bikini area // Colonel’s Journal

We’re a man’s shaving company, so how would we know about avoiding shaving burn/bumps/rash on legs and bikini area? Simple, we designed a razor to actively fight against it on men’s faces. And the skin on their faces is at least as sensitive as on your legs. If we can help them get past razor bumps, we can get you ladies past it too!

1) Don’t leave your razor in the shower
Shower water causes your razor to rust, rust means a dull blade, a dull blade will irritate your skin, and irritated skin will result in razor burn/bumps. This is a big one!!

2) First exfoliate and wash; shave last
Don’t dive right into the shave, you need to first clear out your pores by washing and/or exfoliating your legs and bikini area.  

3) Rinse warm, then rinse cold
Exact same as with men. Rinse with warm water to clear out your pores of any shaving cream. Then, rinse a second time with cold water. This will close your pores, ensuring that nothing gets into them. This is partly why shaving should be the last thing you do in the shower.

4) Use a guy’s razor
Yup! Not only will it be cheaper due to the Pink Tax, it’s also likely to be sharper. A guy’s face is more sensitive than your legs, so men’s razors are often sharper, resulting in a smoother shave and less irritation.

5) Change your razor often
The name of the game is sharp! And bathrooms are bad for keeping your razor sharp. Also, a wet razor can be a great place for bacteria which can lead to infections! So change it frequently. It can be a chore to remember to stay stocked up, so consider joining a razor subscription service.

6) Try coconut oil
We’ve gotten this tip from our lady friends and heard great things about it. Coconut oil will not only serve as lubrication (reducing irritation) but it also helps to moisturize and sooth your skin in a similar fashion to aloe vera.

7) Cotton underwear
Actually, this should be: no synthetic underwear. Synthetic underwear doesn’t breath, resulting in more sweat down there. Sweat is great for bacteria who will love your freshly shaved and vulnerable skin. Said bacteria can lead to razor bumps too.

Ladies, a razor designed to fight razor bumps!
We’ve been telling women to use men’s razors for awhile. Between them being cheaper due to the Pink Tax and the higher quality that often accompanies men’s razors, you’re just better off. Not only that, we’ve designed our razor with shaving rash in mind. Check out what we’ve upgraded on our razor, it all applies to your legs too!

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Tips for Soothing (and Preventing) Razor Burn – Dr. Robert M. Paull

With winter approaching, and many of us spending a lot more time at home than we did prior to the pandemic, it’s possible—likely, even—that you’re shaving less. And while there’s nothing wrong with keeping it natural, your skin’s going to be more sensitive to a blade the next time you do shave. Which means it’s also going to be a little more prone to razor burn.

Razor burn is a term you’ve probably heard since you were a tween. It’s not so much a burn in the literal sense of the word as it is a catchall for any kind irritation that occurs after shaving, including, most commonly, cuts, scrapes, and little hive-like bumps.

Folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles) can also be counted as razor burn. An ingrown hair is something different, though it’s also often a byproduct of shaving improperly. How, then, should you be shaving? And what can you do to soothe the sting of razor burn? Read on.


First things first, some important things not to do: shave on dry skin, use a dull razor, or shave against the grain. Instead, apply a shaving gel or cream to wet skin (moisturizing body wash will do in a pinch) and use a clean, sharp razor to gently shave in the direction of your hair growth.

Contrary to popular belief, warming up your skin pre-shave will swell the hair follicles and make it harder to get a close shave without irritating the skin. That’s why many shaving creams and gels are formulated with cooling ingredients.

After each stroke, rinse your razor, and make a point to replace it regularly. Exactly how often will depend on the size of the area you’re shaving, but it’ll probably need to happen around seven to 10 uses. If you have sensitive skin or you’re especially prone to razor burn, switch your razor even more frequently.

Right after toweling off, slather body moisturizer all over. Around the area you just shaved, apply a little more than you normally would. That can help prevent and soothe razor burn. Ideally, you should be using an unscented moisturizer that contains humectant, occlusive, and emollient ingredients because it will be better absorbed by your skin.

It’s also a good idea to exfoliate between shaves with a glycolic or salicylic wash that’s gentle and moisturizing. It’s one of the best ways to ensure your next shave will be smooth sailing.


To treat razor burn, aloe vera and colloidal oatmeal, both of which are over-the-counter topical ingredients, can be quite soothing. Aloe vera, while touted more often for its after-sun skin-care benefits, can also calm the inflammation associated with razor burn and improve redness and irritation. For serious cases, try aloe in 100 percent, cold-pressed gel form.

Over-the-counter, one-percent hydrocortisone cream, often marketed as an anti-itch cream, also effectively cuts down the inflammation that can stem from razor burn and can even minimize its development if you apply it right after shaving.

Razor Bumps: What They Are & How to Get Rid of Them

Razor bumps, as everyone knows, suck. After carefully shaving to better show off your smooth, clean face to the world, an ugly red bump — or worse, a whole bunch of them — springs up and ruins everything. But what are these unwanted intruders on your skin? What do they want? And how can you make them leave? In this guide, we’ll be looking at how to prevent razor bumps, and if it’s already too late for that, how you can get them to go away.

Why Razor Bumps Happen
We sought advice from Dr. Anthony Rossi, dermatologist and assistant professor at Cornell’s Weill Medical College, to find out just what’s happening when these annoying bumps rear their reddened heads. The bump, it turns out, is merely the site of the problem itself: An ingrown hair.

Essentially, what happens is this: When a hair grows out of your skin, it can sometimes curl back on itself and start digging its way back into the skin (hence the term, ingrown hair). Alternatively, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle, so instead of sprouting from the skin, the hair grows sideways under it. Either way, this irritates the skin and causes it to raise up in those familiar red bumps (sometimes, you may be able to see the hair that’s causing all the trouble, but not always).

It doesn’t just happen on your face and neck, either — razor bumps can occur anywhere that you shave, including on the legs, armpits and groin. So if you’re someone who likes the smooth look, be sure to check out our manscaping tips on avoiding both bumps and the dreaded post-manscape prickle.

The good news here is that there’s usually nothing inherently dangerous about razor bumps, and they should resolve themselves on their own within a few days. If you see one spot repeatedly getting affected, however, it’s worth paying some attention to it before it gets infected.

How to Prevent Razor Bumps
They say prevention is better than cure, and it’s certainly true in this case. One of the most simple ways to drastically cut down the number of ingrown hairs you’re getting is to always make sure to shave with the grain — that is, to shave in the direction that your hair is growing (as a general, more simplified rule, you want to shave with downward strokes on your face and upward strokes on your neck).

When you shave against the grain, the hair is trimmed so short — and left with such a pointed tip — that it’s far easier for it to get embedded in the skin rather than growing outwards. Shaving in the right direction leaves hairs flush with the skin, and less likely to start tunneling in.

As for those hairs caused by clogged skin follicles, they’re easy to prevent too. A good exfoliating prep scrub, used before shaving, will get rid of the gunk that’s blocking those hairs, allowing them to grow free without interference.

How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps
Like we said, the best tip for getting rid of shaving bumps is to prevent them from happening in the first place. But if it’s too late for that, there are a couple things you can do. If you can actually see the hair responsible for the bump, it’s possible to guide it out of the skin with a pair of tweezers, thus removing the source of the problem, but there are two major caveats here: Firstly, always be sure to sterilize the tweezers in boiling water for 15 minutes first — otherwise you run the risk of introducing more bacteria to the hair follicle and increasing the risk of further infection. Secondly, the trick here is to guide the hair out from under the skin — not to pluck it out of the follicle entirely. Doing the latter will cause the next hair to have to grow out from under the skin again, putting you right back where you started.

If you’re seeing the razor bump but not the hair, you can try rubbing in some aloe vera lotion, which will help reduce the inflammation, making it appear less red and angry. If they’re especially itchy, you can apply a cold compress for a little relief. And naturally, we’d recommend our own Rescue Serum, which helps to reduce the appearance of shaving irritation, redness and bumps. Most importantly, if you want the razor bump (or bumps) to go away more quickly, don’t keep shaving over that same area, as this will further irritate them and cause them to stick around for longer. And that’s something nobody wants.

How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps: 5 Home Remedies

  • You can get rid of razor bumps by applying aloe, tea tree oil, or steroid cream.
  • You can also apply a cold compress to the area to bring down the swelling and soothe the skin.
  • If your razor bumps are particularly stubborn, try using a chemical exfoliant like salicylic acid. 
  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

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Many of us have had them at some point — small, painful red bumps that pop up on your skin after shaving.

Razor bumps are usually caused by ingrown hairs, when a buildup of dead skin cells clogs a hair follicle. When this happens, your skin can become inflamed, causing redness, swelling, pain, and itchy bumps.

If you’re struggling with razor bumps, there are several ways to heal the ones you have and prevent more in the future. 

1. Try aloe vera


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Gels and creams containing aloe vera can help reduce the swelling and redness and soothe the damaged skin from razor bumps, says Debra Jaliman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with a private practice.

Aloe vera also has antibacterial properties, which may help prevent ingrown hairs from getting infected and turning into more severe razor bumps.

2. Use tea tree oil

Another natural remedy for razor bumps is tea tree oil, Jaliman says.  Studies show that tea tree oil can reduce the amount of inflammatory white blood cells in your skin and treat skin infections.

Tea tree oil also has antibacterial and antiviral benefits to get rid of any harmful microbes that could cause infection and further irritation.

Tea tree oil is generally safe, but if it irritates your skin, try diluting it with equal parts tea tree oil and olive oil. 

3. Make a cold compress

A cold compress will take down any swelling and will soothe the skin,” Jaliman says.

To make a cold compress, soak a washcloth with cold water and press it gently into the area of skin with razor bumps. You can keep the compress on until it’s no longer cold and repeat as needed. 

4. Try a steroid cream 

If natural remedies aren’t working for you, try an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to reduce redness and swelling. This can help improve the appearance of razor bumps and calm pain or itchiness in irritated skin.

You can find these creams at any pharmacy. “Just don’t do it daily as it can thin the skin,” Jaliman says.

5. Use an exfoliant

“If you have stubborn razor bumps, you can try using a chemical exfoliant or retinol to break down the skin cells above the hair and help it grow out,” Engleman says.


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Look for over-the-counter products containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid, which will exfoliate the skin allowing hair to grow normally and relieve irritation from any ingrown hairs.  

How to prevent razor bumps

To prevent razor bumps from happening, Engleman recommends adding a few steps to your normal shave routine:

  1. First exfoliate gently with a wet washcloth, loofah, or chemical exfoliant.
  2. After exfoliating, wet your skin with warm water to open the hair follicles.
  3. Apply a good shave gel.
  4. Make sure your razor is very sharp, and shave in the direction that your hair grows using short, deliberate strokes. “Shaving in many different directions increases the chance of razor bumps because the angle at which the hair was shaved can cause it to grow back into the skin,” Engleman says.
  5. After shaving, apply a cool washcloth to your skin to help soothe any irritation.

If you continue to get bumps, you may want to consider a different method of hair removal. For example, depilatories — creams or lotions that remove unwanted hair — lessen the chance of ingrown hairs, Engleman says.

You can also see a dermatologist for help. Your doctor can offer more permanent hair removal options like electrolysis or laser hair removal.

Insider’s takeaway

There are several remedies you can use at home to help calm inflamed skin and shrink razor bumps. 

Moreover, once you’ve gotten rid of those pesky bumps you can take measures to prevent them all together next time with just a few simple additions to your shaving routine.

In the end: “If you are really struggling with razor bumps and nothing seems to work, I recommend seeing a dermatologist,” Engleman says.

90,000 11 ways to get rid of razor burns

If you decide to shave different parts of your body (legs, bikini area, armpits, etc. ), then you are probably very familiar with the effects of shaving, known as razor burn. Admittedly, it can be difficult to find ways to heal a razor burn and all of its red, uneven soreness. And yet there are several ways to treat and even prevent the problem.

But before I get into any treatment tactics, let’s first start with the difference between the various problems caused by the razor. The first, of course, was the razor burn. According to Hannah Morrill, the “burn” will be fairly easy to spot by spotting red flat spots. Women’s health . This usually happens when you run a dull or dirty razor through your hair, and can often be quite prickly and painful.

Then there is the problem of ingrown hairs According to Morrill, this happens when a piece of hair that has been shaved curls on its own and begins to grow under the skin.It will look like a pimple and is more likely to appear on your bikini line. None of the above is cute and can definitely prevent you from wanting to wear dresses, swimwear, and shorts. So let’s take control with some of the tips below.

1. Use a clean shaver.

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Many of us don’t think twice before using dirty old razors.It may not seem like a big deal, but these things are clogged with rust and germs, reports Christinia Seimenis at XOVain.com. Get in the habit of keeping your razor away from wet showers, which will accelerate rust growth and keep the blades fresh. But you should also consider replacing them as often as possible.

2. Shave only with sharp blades.

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Believe it or not, the blades tarnish after five uses, according to Morrill. I know it looks like way change blade too often. And yet dull red buds are pretty much guaranteed. Help get them out of the shower (as mentioned above), but you might also consider throwing them in order to get a constant supply of blades. It might be worth it.

3. Grain Shave

There is something very pleasant about swiping over glass and getting a super close shave. However, according to Seimenis, it can be very annoying.Switching things up and shaving in the direction of hair growth may not achieve this almost divine level of smoothness, but at least it will prevent unevenness.

4. Soak before shaving.

This can help wet your skin for a while before shaving, so give yourself some time to relax in the shower before removing your razor. ‘Stand under warm water, letting the water soak () the area for about three minutes,’ suggested Victoria Moorhouse on StyleCaster.com. This will alleviate the situation and ease hair loss.

5. Use real shaving gel.

Gillette Satin Care Shaving Foam for Sensitive Skin (3 pcs) , $ 15, Amazon

When it comes to removing hair properly, do not use an old bar of soap to grease your feet with oil. Choose a genuine, quality shaving gel instead. “It’s best to use a moisturizing shaving gel / foam (or even shaving oil),” Seimenis said.’Not only is it better, but it also helps prevent razor burn. ‘

6. Shave as carefully as possible.

Whatever you do, do not run the razor hard over your skin or press too hard. And according to Moorhouse, you definitely need to walk the same area over and over again. When it comes to preventing razor burn, less is more.

7. Disinfect the ingrown hair.

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Despite your best efforts, you have managed to grow a few ingrown hairs.What’s a girl to do? Start by treating them with glycolic and salicylic acids. They will cleanse and disinfect the lump to help it heal. ‘Swipe the area twice a day; expect results in a week, ”Morrill said.

8. Try baby care products.

Johnson’s Baby Butter, $ 29, Amazon

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If you have baby oil on hand, it can really soothe razor-burned skin.” Apply baby oil to shaved areas. blot gently dry or apply after shaving while still in the shower, then rinse off excess oil before drying, ”suggested Shauna Van Trees on Livestrong.com. This can prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.

9. Wear loose clothing.

Do not wear your tightest jeans immediately after shaving. “Any clothing that pulls or chases the skin can irritate freshly shaved skin even more,” said Van Trees.”Give your skin at least an hour to heal before putting on underwear and tight or coarse clothing.”

10. Pat the antibiotic cream.

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Are razor burns still painful? It’s time to get serious about your treatment. “If you already have a razor burn, get a topical antibiotic and a mild steroidal lotion to help with inflammation,” Moorhouse said. It should reduce redness and help heal faster.

11. Think After Shave

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for us women. As Van Teese said, “Just apply aftershave to prevent and reduce razor burn. ‘How simple it is.

Hopefully with some of these tips you can minimize all those red bumps and ingrown hairs.And if they still appear, a few quick treatments (like antibiotic cream or baby oil) can help reduce the redness. You will be ready to show your skin in no time.

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90,000 How can I prevent razor burn? – Style


Red bumps. Itchy skin. Uneven beards. Shaving irritation is predominant, but it can also be prevented, no matter how it looks or how it looks.The key is finding the source and getting the right tools to fix it.

First, make sure your technique is correct: start with shaving oil, which makes your shave smoother, rather than snagging on coarse, curly hair. We love eShave Shaving Oil, which uses Vitamin E to keep skin and hair soft. ($ 22, amazon.com ). To shave, use short strokes that move with the grain, not against it.Shaving with a grain leaves a small part of the hair shaft on the surface of the skin; This means it won’t get trapped and cause painful ingrown hairs. It is especially common in men with coarse, curly beard hair.

For guys with this thick hair (who are more prone to curling in and irritating), make sure you get a high quality razor. Sharper blades mean a cleaner shave; Dull razors can pull on your hair instead of trimming it neatly, causing it to curl.Try a safety razor with one double-sided blade that does the job with less irritation. We love this one from Bevel ($ 79 per kit, bevel.com ).

Guys with straight hair who have a rash-like irritation after shaving should try an ultra-sensitive aftershave lotion such as Cooling from ($ 13, amazon. com ).

Also, blades aren’t the only way to shave.Electric models use foil blades that cut hair at the surface of the skin without shaving too close. Plus, you don’t need a steady hand like a safety razor. Try this from Panasonic ($ 168, amazon.com ).

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To understand the important subtleties, we will analyze the main stages of this procedure.

The first thing to note: before you decide to try this technique on yourself, you need to determine your phototype and the difference between the color of the skin and those hairs that you plan to remove.Remember that for light hair on light skin, as well as dark hair on dark and gray – for any – this hair removal option, alas, is not suitable.

The second & nbsp; important point: any technique has its own contraindications. In our case, these are:

  • fresh tan in the epilation zone
  • skin lesions
  • pregnancy and lactation
  • diabetes mellitus
  • increased photosensitivity (“allergy to light”)
  • malignant neoplasms

  • epilepsy

Third: When you are convinced that photoepilation is right for you, you need a little preparation: in the area to be treated, the hairs must be removed in advance (shaved, removed with an epilator or wax). This will need to be done before each procedure, while the hairs appear on the surface of the skin. Better – on the eve of 1-2 days, so that the skin is not damaged and irritated.

Fourth – start of the procedure: To adjust the flash power, select an insensitive area with hairs and, starting with the lowest recommended intensity, try to fire a couple of flashes. If there are no obvious sensations, then the power can be increased, but it should not be brought up to the maximum in the first procedure.During the procedure, it should not be painful! If you feel too intense heat, then reduce the power of exposure.

Fifth: after the procedure, you should not sunbathe for one week; when going out into the sun, you should definitely use a reliable sunscreen.

Sixth: after a competently and correctly performed procedure, the hairs will not fall out immediately. This is due to the fact that the effect of a light flash is effective only on those hairs that are in the active stage of growth. And since all hairs on the human body are in different stages, you will have to repeat the procedure at least 2 times in order to note the visible results.However, after four regular treatments, the hairs will be 75% less! You just have to maintain the result every 1-2 months and enjoy the perfect smoothness of your ideal skin.

Skin restoration after cosmetic procedures

  1. Shaving, application of creams, lotions. Disadvantages – short-term effects, razor cuts, ingrown hairs, inflammation and irritation.

  2. Wax depilation – warm wax is applied to the skin, and then strips are applied to remove hair.Disadvantages – soreness, ingrown hairs.

  3. Shugaring – hair removal using a sugar solution of a certain concentration. Disadvantage: if the technique is incorrect, ingrown hair is possible.

General recommendations for skin care after depilation are the same as after depilation. In addition, using wax or shugaring, you need to monitor the observance of the procedure technique. A new cream or lotion should be tested on a small area of ​​skin to determine possible allergic reactions.

Face peeling

Regular peeling allows you to cleanse the skin of the face from the upper (stratum corneum) layer of the epidermis, as with age, the natural exfoliation of dead cells slows down. This allows the skin to renew itself, breathe and function properly. At the same time, the face looks fresher and more well-groomed.

There are different types of peels 1 .

By the type of action, such procedures are physical (mechanical), which include skin resurfacing, as well as chemical.

From the point of view of skin care after peeling, the depth of the procedure is more important. Distinguish:

  • Superficial – the most gentle, affects only the stratum corneum and granular layer of the epidermis. It is indicated for acne and acne to eliminate its consequences, with excessive pigmentation and increased oily skin.
  • Median – covers the entire epidermis. It is used to reduce the depth of mimic wrinkles, as well as to reduce the elasticity of the skin and the formation of folds.It is also used as a preparatory stage before plastic surgery.
  • Deep – closer to surgical interventions, carried out in a hospital, a rather aggressive procedure. It is used for lifting and removing deep wrinkles.

How does facial skin care differ after peeling of various depths

If a superficial peeling procedure was performed, then facial care is not difficult. It is recommended to thoroughly moisturize the skin and drink plenty of fluids.The usual cosmetics can be used the very next day. To speed up healing, anti-inflammatory and regenerative drugs can be used.

Medium peeling is more traumatic, so the skin regenerates longer. You can help her by using only mild products for moisturizing and wound healing. Water procedures, including washing, reduce to once a day and use only clean water at room temperature. If any undesirable effects appear, contact the specialist who performed the peeling.

After deep peeling, they usually stay in the hospital for several days for observation and recovery. You need to take pain relievers and antibacterial drugs that your doctor prescribes. You will have to use sunscreens for a long time, even in winter, since the skin is very vulnerable and sensitive to ultraviolet radiation.

Facial cleansing

At home, cleansing the skin of the face does not always give the desired result, if its features include increased fat content.Then you should contact a specialist who will carry out professional cleaning. In addition, it complements exfoliation well.

The purpose of the procedure is to clean the pores with a mechanical or hardware method, nourish, moisturize the skin, eliminate blackheads and smooth out irregularities, exfoliate the stratum corneum. Cleaning can be:

  • Mechanical (manual) – the most effective way to remove pustular eruptions and comedones, including deep ones. Suitable for oily to combination skin.
  • Hardware – ultrasonic or vacuum peeling, stimulates blood circulation and lymph drainage, cleanses pores and massages the skin. Suitable for both normal and oily types.

Before cleansing, prepare the skin to maximize the effect of the procedure. This preparation includes: removing makeup and thoroughly cleansing with a scrub, toning the day before and in the morning. For dry skin, it is worth making a nourishing mask. Immediately before the procedure, the skin is steamed and treated with an antiseptic.

After cleaning, the skin should recover. This usually happens within 3 days, if you follow all the rules of care after cleansing your face.

Care after mechanical cleaning requires special attention, as the skin is injured, and wounds, inflammations, red spots may appear. The appearance of a rash is also possible if one of the wounds becomes infected.

What cannot be done?

The use of scrubs and other aggressive cleaning products is not recommended. Physical activity, thermal procedures, sunbathing and visiting a solarium during rehabilitation are limited.You cannot separate the crusts on your own. Usually 3 days is sufficient. After that, you can switch to conventional care products.

How to help the skin?

  • Use proven mild hypoallergenic cleansers and moisturizers.
  • Always wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy outside.
  • Treat with micro-wound antibacterial agents.
  • Drink enough water to moisturize your skin from the inside out.
  • If a rash develops, you can make a mask out of white or blue clay.

Preventing razor bumps and leaving your skin silky smooth

Oh yeah, razor bumps. An inevitable side effect of shaving? It might seem like every time you shave, especially your bikini line, those oh-so uncomfortable little red razor bumps pop out and refuse to disappear. And how to deal with them on your wedding day or right before your beach honeymoon?

So what causes bumps and how to get rid of them? Read on to get all your razor burn questions answered by professionals, including a dermatologist and famous makeup artist (the latter of whom also works with many male stars, so she knows too well the hazards or bumps from razors!). From shaving techniques to product recommendations, here’s our comprehensive guide on how to prevent razor bumps and burns.

What causes razor bumps?
Not sure how to avoid bumps with a razor? Start by understanding what causes them. When you shave any part of your body, you remove the top layer of skin, which can be the reason for what New York-based dermatologist Melissa Kanchanapumi Levin calls “micro-injuries.” Hair can also curl and curl inward after shaving, and when new skin begins to form on top of the microtrauma, it can trap the hair, causing an irritated bump to form.Then you are left with irritation, burning, redness and dryness – in other words, razor bumps (officially in the medical world, warts pseudofolliculitis). Not the result you expected.

What could make a shaver worse? Shave dry skin with a dull or dirty razor and do not moisturize immediately after shaving. And this sad truth: “Unfortunately, many of us were taught to shave against the grain, but this is what causes razor burns!” Makeup artist Jesse Butterfield, who works with Kurt Russell and Francesca Eastwood, talks about this. But don’t worry – she has several solutions for you.

How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps Quickly
So now that you know what causes razor bumps, you’re probably already wondering something else: how to reduce razor bumps? And fast? After all, you don’t want razor bumps to make you hide behind a long skirt. Alas, there is no magic solution to how to get rid of razor bumps overnight, but there is a lot you can do to help (and quickly).
Here’s what our professionals have to offer when it comes to getting rid of bumps on the fly:

    • Cool down. As soon as you notice bumps from the razor, sprinkle with cold water to tighten pores and soothe your skin.
    • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. You should always moisturize your skin immediately after shaving, but especially if razor bumps appear. A moisturizing balm is required to heal these microtraumas.
    • Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream.“It will reduce irritation and you don’t need a prescription,” says Kanchanapumi Levin. Start with a moisturizer and then add cortisone right on top.
      Apply after shave. They are literally designed to minimize razor burn.
    • Aloe to use. Looking for something natural? If you’re already at the pharmacy, head to the sunscreen aisle and grab a bottle of aloe vera, which can cure a range of problems, including razor bumps.

How to prevent future shaving bumps

Now you know what causes the bumps and how to get rid of them – hopefully as quickly as they appeared.However, according to Kanchanapumi Levin and Butterfield, the real trick is to learn how to prevent razor bumps before they start. Our experts advise treating your skin before you start shaving – this will primarily help you minimize the likelihood of razor burn.
So the next time you are going to lather, keep this in mind to prevent roughness with the razor:

  • Dampen skin and hair with warm water.Then add a gentle soap. This will soften and clear your skin before you get down to business.
  • Use a sharp blade. And make sure it’s clean so there are no bumps with a razor! As soon as it becomes difficult to shave or hair gets caught, it is time to change the blade.
  • Don’t forget the shaving gel. When you use a sharp razor blade in combination with shaving gel, you can grab all of your hair in just one pass, reducing the chances of both razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth. As Butterfield notes, “Shaving in the direction of hair growth may require an extra pass or two, but your hair follicles will not become inflamed that way.”
  • Moisturize skin after shaving. This ensures that the skin barrier is moist and healthy from micro-injuries that shaving can cause.
  • Be careful with your bikini line. After all, this is a very sensitive place! Instead of your regular shaving gel, use an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to help your skin exfoliate dead skin cells.This will help prevent clogging and irritation of the pores. Make sure you use products that are designed for your bikini line, as they are suitable for preparing sensitive skin for micro-injury with a razor.

How to get rid of bumps on the bikini line
Everyone wants to know how to get rid of razor bumps on their bikini area. It is generally accepted that when it comes to razor bumps, bikini bumps are the most uncomfortable and most common. And, as it turns out, there is a special reason for that.
“The hair in the bikini area is stiff and thick,” notes Kanchanapum Levin. “Therefore, people are more likely to shave in multiple approaches, exacerbating the razor burn.”
Since the skin in this area is especially sensitive, it also requires special care. “For the bikini area, I still recommend using cold water and aftershave after shaving,” Butterfield said. “However, you want to stay as natural as possible, because let’s be real: this is an area you don’t want to take risks!”
So, if you want to know how to get rid of the roughness of your razor, stay simple. Instead of the complete set listed in the section above, stick to only Aloe Vera Calendula Healing Gel, two natural products that can help you avoid razor bumps.

How to relieve and prevent irritation after shaving

There is nothing worse than itching after shaving. Irritation can occur on any part of the skin: on the face, legs, in the armpits and in the intimate area. A painful red rash, dry skin, a burning sensation – this is clearly not what you wanted to get by shaving off excess hair.But is there a way to solve this problem?

Experts call the complex of problems associated with hair removal with a machine – a razor burn. Quite apt name, since the symptoms resemble, if not allergies, then the reaction of the skin to exposure to ultraviolet radiation. And many people experience this effect periodically or constantly.

If the irritation is of a systemic nature, then, as a rule, the person refuses to shave or looks for alternative methods of hair removal. But even if you do not often suffer from razor burns, you should know how to quickly put your skin in order.In addition, we have collected useful recommendations on how to prevent such a nuisance in the future.

How to treat irritation after shaving

Treating a razor burn is as easy as getting it. The main thing not to do is to shave the affected area again before the skin heals.

Gel with aloe vera extract has proven itself very well. Natural oils are also suitable to restore and moisturize the skin – coconut, almond, olive are the most effective and available.

If you feel itchy right after your hair removal procedure, you may not have rinsed off the shaving gel or foam that can cause irritation and allergies. Rinse the treated area again, blot gently with a disposable paper towel without rubbing. Then apply a special aftershave or neutral moisturizer.

Immediately after shaving, to prevent irritation, try cold compresses with apple cider vinegar, tea leaves, or tea tree oil. To do this, soak a clean towel in a liquid containing one of the ingredients. Use apple cider vinegar diluted with water in equal parts, tea leaves can be diluted or taken in pure form, but tea tree oil, stir with base oil (5-7 drops per tablespoon volume), and then combine with cold water.

When a razor burn has been plaguing you for more than a day, you can start taking oatmeal baths for relief. This is a very simple but effective procedure that doctors recommend to soothe itching for people with skin conditions or babies with diaper rash.150-200 grams of finely ground oatmeal is poured into water at a temperature of 38 degrees. You should take such a bath for at least 15-20 minutes. You can also add base oils to the water – olive, almond, peach, to achieve the maximum moisturizing effect.


One of the biggest problems that can arise after shaving is the appearance of small red pimples where the hairs grow from. In this case, the skin becomes bumpy, inflamed and painful. This phenomenon is called folliculitis, which occurs as a result of a bacterial, fungal or, in rare cases, viral infection of the hair follicle under the skin. According to dermatologists, the most common cause of folliculitis is staphylococcal bacteria. Some people are more prone to this disease than others. Inflammation can occur from reduced immunity, using an unclean razor, or shaving hair in the opposite direction of hair growth.

If you nevertheless develop folliculitis, then, unfortunately, hair removal will have to be abandoned until your skin is fully restored.Wipe the inflammation with calendula tincture or salicylic alcohol, but not more than once a day. To deal with infection, get an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory cream from your pharmacy. If the red bumps become purulent, then you should see a doctor.

How to prevent irritation after shaving

Try to follow the recommendations below and then you will be able to avoid problems after hair removal with a machine in 90 percent of cases:

  • Exfoliate regularly with mild scrubs or a washcloth to remove dead skin cells. If you do not do this, then the hardened upper layer of the epidermis will prevent the hairs from growing, which will lead to their ingrowth and inflammation;
  • Never shave your skin dry, always use a special cream or gel;
  • Avoid the habit of pulling the skin while shaving;
  • Shave only in the direction of hair growth;
  • Shave with short, light strokes without pressing on the machine;
  • Before shaving, treat your machine with an antibacterial liquid or alcohol solution, then rinse in hot water.Rinse the blades frequently while shaving;
  • Do not use dull razors;
  • After shaving, rinse well and apply a cold compress to close pores.

Today there are many alternative ways to remove unwanted hair: laser hair removal, shugaring, creams, photoepilation, hot wax removal, electrolysis and so on. But all of them may not work for you for various reasons, leaving shaving as the only option.When removing hair with a razor, never do this in a rush, take good care of your skin – at least moisturize it regularly after shaving.

By following the above recommendations, you can forget about irritation and itching after removing unwanted hair.

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90,000 “Sharp” question! First aid for cuts

What are cuts?

Cuts are a violation of the integrity of the skin and mucous membranes with damage to the underlying tissues of varying severity, which depends on the depth of the cut.

Cuts are accompanied by pain, bleeding, dehiscence of the wound edges (gaping), may be a dysfunction of the damaged part of the body.

Pain at the time of injury is caused by damage to receptors and nerve endings.

The sooner the injury is inflicted, the less pain is felt.

Bleeding depends on the nature and number of damaged vessels. Intense bleeding occurs when large arterial vessels are destroyed.

Cuts provide better healing conditions than other wounds. Since the edges of the wound can be pulled apart, an adequate examination of the injury can be made and the wound can be carefully cleaned. Every wound is contaminated with germs. Microbes, getting into the wound, begin to multiply and show their properties 6 to 8 hours after the cut. Therefore, it is very important to provide first aid correctly in case of injury.

Re-contamination can occur if it is poorly handled: violations of asepsis (sterile conditions) when providing first aid and treating a child.

How to help a child?

If the baby cuts himself, you need to calm him down, act confidently, without panic, so as not to scare the child.Remove clothing or shoes from the wound quickly. You cannot “feel” the damage. Wounds should be cleaned with clean hands. It is necessary to wash the wound with 3% hydrogen peroxide, solutions of dioxidine or furacillin, which are sold in a pharmacy, and treat the edges of the wound with the skin around it with brilliant green or 3% iodine. Remember that “brilliant green” is much safer than iodine, because does not burn the affected skin area and does not cause allergies.

If the wound is superficial (abrasion), then these measures are sufficient.Abrasions do not need to be covered with a bandage. they heal quickly and rarely become infected (they are treated once a day).

In the event of a cut after first aid, stop the bleeding. If there are cuts with bleeding on the limbs (arms, legs), it is necessary to raise the limb (so that less blood flows to the wound site), bend it as much as possible in the joint and press it with a finger, or apply a pressure bandage or tourniquet.

In case of arterial bleeding, a tourniquet is applied above the wound (it should stop).If the bleeding does not stop, then it is venous, then it should be shifted below the wound. You can press down the vessels with your fingers or a fist. A pressure bandage is applied to the wound in the form of several layers of gauze, a dense lump of cotton is placed on top and everything is tightly bandaged. You can put an ice pack on top of the gauze.

A belt, scarf, etc. can be used in place of the harness. so as not to pinch the skin, a diaper, towel, etc. is placed under the tourniquet. With the correct application of the tourniquet, arterial bleeding should stop, and the limb turns pale.After that, you must be hospitalized in a hospital.

ATTENTION! It must be remembered that – you cannot leave the tourniquet on the limb for more than 2 hours. When applying a tourniquet, it is necessary to note the time of its application. A note about the time the tourniquet was applied is placed under the bandage.

First aid for cuts in the head and bleeding from a wound is the application of a pressure bandage. It must be remembered that with small cuts on the head, there may be profuse bleeding. there are numerous small blood vessels.It is recommended to immediately contact a surgeon.

If the bleeding has stopped, then apply a pressure bandage. Before that, wipe the skin around the wound 2-3 times with gauze moistened with hydrogen peroxide or brilliant green, and then cover the wound itself with a sterile napkin.

You can use a germicidal plaster in a sterile package. Due to the application of an antiseptic (brilliant green) to the gauze layer, in addition to mechanical protection, such a plaster also disinfects the wound surface.

It is necessary to apply a bandage with the use of a bandage with particular care, because it can slip due to the child’s mobility.

To fix the bandages on any part of the body, mesh-tubular bandages are used, which can be bought at the pharmacy.

If the incision is small (1 mm in length and up to 3 mm in width), and the bleeding is absent or stopped by you, then you need to treat such a wound yourself. If the cut is more than 1.5 cm long and more than 0.5 cm wide, contact your surgeon.

Good results are obtained by treating a wound in the first 6 – 8 hours after receiving it. In case of any cuts in the fingers and toes, it is advisable to consult a traumatologist. there may be damage to the tendon.

If the child is not vaccinated against tetanus, then as an emergency prophylaxis, tetanus immunoglobulin or tetanus toxoid should be administered.

What not to do!

  • Do not rinse cuts with water.because it can lead to the multiplication of microbes and the development of infection.
  • Do not allow cauterizing (alcohol-containing) agents (alcohol solution, iodine solution, tincture) to get inside the cut, because these substances cause burns in the wound – suppuration and increased pain.
  • Do not remove foreign bodies and dirt yourself if they are located in the depth of the cut. You need to see a doctor.
  • It is not recommended to apply cotton wool without a layer of gauze napkin on cuts, becausebecause then, when treating the wound, its fibers are difficult to remove, additionally bleeding may occur.
  • Do not touch with your hands those layers of gauze (napkins, plaster) that will come into contact with the cut!

Harmless injuries? First aid for bruises and bruises.

Reasons for the development of injuries!

No child escapes trauma in the process of its development. But trauma is different. Most of the bottoms are lightweight. This includes bruises, abrasions, bruises, shallow wounds, sprains – that is, all those injuries that are not harmful to health and heal quickly.

These injuries most often occur when a child falls from a small height (height of his own growth, chair) and hits a hard surface (floor, ground). The most common cause of abrasions and scratches is inattentive handling of cutting or piercing objects in everyday life and while playing.

In addition, wounds can occur as a result of trauma, manifestations of aggression from people or animals. Scratches can be the result of rough handling of pets, falls on broken glass or chipped wood.

Scratch – damage to the epidermis, limited in area and having a linear shape.

Abrasion is a more significant defect in the surface layers of the skin.

Wound – through damage to all layers of the skin, which is accompanied by damage to the underlying tissues.

First aid methods include the following steps:

  • Wound washing
  • Stopping bleeding
  • Applying a sterile dressing
  • Antiseptic application

Wound washing.The best treatment for minor cuts and scrapes is rinsing with hydrogen peroxide or other antiseptics. Rinsing thoroughly is the key to preventing infection. Better to just pour hydrogen peroxide over the wound.

Attention! A solution of hydrogen peroxide should not be injected into deep wounds: embolism is possible – the ingress of air bubbles into the bloodstream.

Stopping bleeding. The quickest way to stop the blood is to apply direct pressure. It is necessary to firmly press the bandage to the wound and press firmly on the wound, and if necessary, hold it for 15 minutes.It is advisable to lift the damaged part of the body.

Application of an antiseptic. The most commonly used solution is iodine or brilliant green. When these drugs get deep into the wound, they can cause tissue necrosis, therefore, alcohol solutions are used to treat the skin around the wound, the edges of the wound, as well as superficial microtraumas.

Attention! Do not cover the wound or burn surface with any medications (their removal will lead to even greater trauma to the injury), you should never pour iodine or brilliant green into the wound!

Applying a sterile dressing.After drying the wound with a clean cotton or gauze swab, a dry, sterile dressing should be applied. A wound heals better and is less likely to get an infection if it is bandaged as little as possible.

Abrasion heals quickly if left open. But, if the skin is damaged in a significant area, you can apply a bandage. Rinse the wound and leave it open until a crust forms. If you bandage it right away, the bandage will stick and you will need to soak it, pouring it with hydrogen peroxide.Removing such a bandage without soaking, it is easy to peel off the crust – the healing process will slow down. You only need to bandage or glue the scratch when it is necessary to stop the bleeding – an open scratch heals faster.

Contusion – damage that is caused to the skin, subcutaneous fatty tissue, less often muscles during impacts or falls.