How to Prevent and Treat Razor Burn

By Chanchala Bose

Being a girl is hard. It requires a lot of maintenance. You have to be regular with your shaving and waxing sessions, get your eyebrows groomed in time…and the saga continues. While using razors, we often end up hurting ourselves. And not just cuts, a shaving session can leave you with razor burn as well. Razor burn is basically the slight tingling and burning sensation you get on your skin post shaving. If you shave your skin and face this issue, read how you can prevent and treat it.

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Use a sharp razor

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Did you know a blunt razor causes more burns? To solve this, always use a sharp razor. Use your razor head maximum 2-3 times and then replace it. This way you will always get a close shave without damaging your skin.

Don’t shave too often

Shaving too often leads to razor burn. So avoid shaving too frequently and in hurry. Give yourself a break of 2-3 weeks and then shave your skin again.

Use baking soda on razor burn

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Did you know baking soda is extremely effective against razor burns? Since baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties, you can use it to sooth your razor burns. Just use a cup of diluted baking soda and apply it on the burnt area.

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Wear comfortable clothes after shaving

You must avoid synthetic fabrics like satin and crepe for around 48 hours after shaving. Always opt for cotton and other natural fabrics after your shaving session. This way, your skin will get time to heal and hence it won’t burn.

Exfoliation is the key

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You should be a regular at dry brushing and body scrubbing if you shave your skin often. You get a closer shave when your skin is soft and smooth. Thus, razor will move smoothly on your skin and this will prevent burns and cut to a great extent.

Do not scratch the area

Sometimes unnecessary mishandling can be the major cause behind razor burns. So, don’t pick, scratch or do any kind of mishandling when it comes to your just-shaved area.

Shave in the direction of the hair growth

At times we do not follow the right directions while shaving. So only shave in the direction your hair grows (down the leg), and if you have very sensitive skin, don’t shave upward at all. This way you can get a better shave and prevent any skin issue.

Use aloe vera

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Immediately after shaving, slather a lot of aloe vera gel on your skin. This will instantly cool down your skin and prevent razor burns.

Shave in warm shower

Warm shower softens the hair and thus the hair removal process becomes much more smoother and faster. If you cannot do it in the shower, dip a towel in warm cloth, rinse it and then apply it to the skin. This will also soften your hair.

Use a Hydrocortisone Cream

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Hydrocortisone cream is responsible for eliminating burns, bumps and any redness or irritation within no time. So, use them immediately after your shaving sessions.

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