Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you shave chances are that you’ve experienced razor burn from time to time.
This is especially true if you shave every day. This irritation of the skin typically results in a rash that may itch or burn. Razor burn will eventually go away on its own, but in the meantime it can be extremely uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there are several home remedies for razor burn that will help.
- Use an ice pack. Ice will help to soothe the burning sensation. Be sure to wrap it in a soft cloth before applying it to the burn area.
- Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly. This old standby really works. But if the razor burn is on a large area (a woman’s legs, for example), it may not be practical. Petroleum jelly is also a little on the greasy side, so it won’t work if you need to wear clothes over the burn area.
- Try aloe vera gel. Most of us know that aloe vera is really effective on burns, but you may not think of it right away when it comes to razor burn. The fact is that pure aloe vera gel is one of the best ways to treat razor burn.
- Apply apple cider vinegar to the burn area. Dab it on gently with a cotton ball. It will alleviate the burning sensation.
- Use an aspirin paste. You use aspirin for a headache, so why not a razor burn, right? As it turns out, an aspirin paste works wonders to soothe and heal the burn area. Just dissolve an aspirin in a little warm water to create a paste. Then gently apply it to the burn area.
- Try a little hydrocortisone. This is especially helpful if the burn has started to heal just a bit and begun to itch. The hydrocortisone will alleviate the itching and prevent the rash from spreading.
- Soak in an oatmeal bath. Keep some oatmeal bath powder on hand—it’s great for razor burn, not to mention other skin irritations. Just dissolve one packet in warm water in the bathtub and enjoy a warm soak for 20 minutes or so. Afterwards, use a moisturizer on the burn area.
What NOT to Do
However you decide to treat your razor burn, you certainly don’t want to make it any worse than it already is. There are a few things that you should avoid doing that would make a bad situation even worse.
- Don’t use perfume or cologne. In fact, anything with a strong scent is likely to make the burn worse.
- Don’t scratch or rub the burn area. It will only aggravate the burn and stop it from healing. Anytime you apply a gel, ointment, liquid or cream to the burn area, dab it on with either a cotton ball or a clean, soft cloth.
- Avoid shaving until the razor burn heals. Shaving the same area again before it heals will keep the burn area from healing and many times make it even worse.
An Ounce of Prevention
Naturally, the best remedy for razor burn is never to get it at all. Remember a few simple tricks to prevent razor burn before it ever happens.
- Use warm water on your skin before you shave. The best and easiest way to do this is to take a warm shower before shaving. It will soften the skin and reduce the chance of razor burn.
- Don’t shave every day. This is a little harder if you’re a man and like to be clean shaven, but shaving frequently increases the likelihood of razor burn.
- Use an electric razor. While it’s true that electric razors don’t shave as close as razor blades, it’s also true that they don’t cause razor burn nearly as much as blades do.
- Keep your blades sharp. If you do shave with razor blades, make sure the blades aren’t dull. The duller the blade, the higher the chance of razor burn.
- Rinse with cold water after you shave. This is especially important for men that use shaving creams or foams. Rinsing will remove the shaving cream, which will reduce the chances of the cream irritating the freshly shaven skin.
Don’t let a little thing like razor burn ruin your day! By following just a few simple steps, you can treat the burn yourself or, better yet, prevent it from happening in the first place.
About the Guest Blogger – +Roxanne Jones is a writer for Laser Studio, an Austin TX medical spa run by renowned Dr. Sarosh Saleemi who provides services such as hCG injections, botox, and laser hair removal. You can find them at Laser Studio, 11111 Research Boulevard #370B, Austin, TX 78759, Phone: (512) 337-2466.