If you’ve ever had razor burn —that itchy, tender burning sensation you get right after your shave― you know how painful it can be. Shaving is a go-to for hair removal, but no one wants discomfort and irritation on your legs, face, underarms, or bikini area. Luckily, razor burns can be easily prevented and soothed. Marta Camkiran, an aesthetician at Haven Spa in New York, answered all our questions about razor burn and how to fix it. Like treating any real problem, Camkiran recommends first identifying what exactly is going on, then finding a specific way to treat the issue and prevent it from happening in the future. Find out how below.
You have razor burn if after shaving…
- Your skin feels irritated or inflamed
- You feel a burning or hot sensation
- Your skin is sensitive to the touch
What should you do first to treat razor burn?
Since razor burn is similar to when you burn your skin in the sun, you can use aloe vera to cool and calm the skin. You can also try an astringent like witch hazel to reduce redness.
What’s the best way to soothe itching or a hot sensation?
Apply a cold compress. You can apply this for increments of 10 minutes and use as often as needed. Make sure you do not touch the area.
What’s the best way to relieve dryness and irritation?
Take a calming bath. It’s best to use a half a cup of baking soda in the bath to help with this.
How do you treat small bumps?
Small bumps are actually razor bumps and these are from ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs require more intense action.
What’s the difference between razor burn and razor bumps?
Razor burn is a skin irritation where the skin has a reaction to shaving. This can be because of the razor you’re using, the way you’re shaving, or if you don’t have enough shaving cream. There can be many reasons. Ingrown hairs are caused by a skin irritation under the skin. When a hair is cut, it can grow the wrong way and get trapped under the skin, thus causing an ingrown hair.
What preventative steps can you take to stop razor burn?
- Shower before shaving because it prepares the skin for shaving and softens it.
- Replace your blade regularly and make sure to use enough shaving cream.
- Shave in the direction the hair grows and shave regularly.
- Apply a moisturizer or after shave product to close the pores and restore skin.
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