Razor burns are burning sensations and irritation more often than not caused by applying too much pressure with the razor. When this happens, you do not create a protective barrier between your face and the razor resulting in friction burns.
It appears as a mild rash and usually disappears after a few hours to a few days, depending on severity. In severe cases, razor burn can also be accompanied by razor bumps, where the area around shaved hairs get raised red welts or infected pustules.
Razor burn is a common problem, especially among those who shave coarse hairs on areas with sensitive skin like the bikini line, underarms, chest, and beard.
The condition can be caused by:
Shaving too closely shaving with a blunt blade
Applying too much pressure when shaving
Shaving too quickly
Shaving too roughly
Shaving against the grain
Ways to prevent razor burn include:
Keeping the face moist
Using a shaving brush and lather
Using a moisturising shaving gel
Shaving in the direction of the hair growth
Resisting the urge to shave too closely
Applying minimal pressure
Avoiding scratching or rubbing the skin after shaving
Avoiding irritating products on the shaved area (colognes, perfumes, etc.)
Using an aftershave cream with aloe vera or other emollients
Use a disposable razor cleaning tool, such as Razor Gator, to lower bacteria present on the razor head
Use pre-shave oils and a high quality brush and soap to ensure a rich soapy barrier and do not apply too much pressure.
Use after shave balms or oils to soothe the skin.
Watch our wet shaving video tutorial to see how to avoid razor burn when shaving.
Ways to heal razor burn include:
Applying witch hazel
Applying mild salicylic acid solutions
Applying aloe vera gel
Applying cold water
Using a good quality pre shave treatment, shaving cream and aftershave balm will help to prevent razor burn during shaving. You can find our recommended products by clicking the links below: