Although shaving still remains as the most convenient form of hair removal, it can cause conditions like razor burn or razor bumps in some people. A razor burn can occur when puckered hair follicles or irregular skin also gets shaved off after a close shave. This small cut on the shaved can look like a rash and can get irritated, leading to pimples or blisters.
Although very common, there are effective ways to prevent razor burns from happening to you. In the same way, there are also ways by which you can treat them once razor bumps happen to you.
Preventing Razor Burns
To prevent the discomfort and inconvenience of this condition, make sure to follow the following tips:
1. Exfoliate before shaving.
Shaving, as you know, does not only remove hair but it also scrubs away the upper layer of the skin. Exfoliating the skin before shaving can help remove these dead skin cells, thereby lessening the likelihood of razor bumps.
2. Make sure the area is moisturized and softened before shaving.
Soak the skin in warm water or steam, or apply shaving cream or gel before shaving. This allows the skin to soften and smoothen for an easier, safer shave.
3. Never use blunt razor blades when shaving.
4. Shave in small, slow strokes and tap the razor in between strokes under warm water to remove the hair.
Apply only adequate pressure and apply more cream or lubricant as necessary.
Treating Razor Bumps
Razor burns usually end up in scabbing. This goes without saying that your cut should be allowed to heal properly first before you attempt to shave again. If you want the healing to hasten, you can try some of the following treatment techniques:
1. Use a mild cleanser which contains aloe vera or salicylic acid to clean the affected area.
This can help remove dead skin that can clog pores and speed up the recovery of the razor burn. It also contains natural anti-bacterial properties to prevent further infection.
2. Do not apply any alcohol-based product on the razor-burned skin as it cause further irritation and may dry out your skin.
3. Do not touch, scrub or scratch the razor burn as it will increase the chances for infection to occur.