01 July 2008

How do I avoid razor burn?

This painful condition occurs when a razor blade irritates the skin and is enough to make a grown man cry.


This painful condition occurs when a razor blade irritates the skin and is enough to make a grown man cry. It feels like when you were a kid and fell off your bike, scraping all the skin off the side of your face. A similar thing happens when you have a bad shave – you remove too many layers of skin.

The two best things that you can do to avoid the dreaded stinging sensation is to make sure that the blade is sharp and that you have prepared your skin correctly before shaving.

Other ways top combat razor burn:

  • Read how to get the perfect shave.
  • Shave in the same direction as the hair growth.
  • If the hair currently inflamed, give it a week to heal before shaving again.
  • Shave only once over any area. If you’re using a good quality razor you won’t have to go back over areas you’ve already shaved.
  • Reduce the pressure that you apply to the razor when shaving.
  • Do not pull your skin too tightly.
  • If you still feel the burn, a 1% hydrocortisone cream applied twice a day for two to three days should alleviate the pain.
  • Use Dalacin T solution or one of the many antibiotic lotions available after shaving.
  • If it persists, you may have to change to another form of shaving, like electric razors or a different kind of blade.

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