This is the Complete Man’s Guide On How To Avoid Razor Burn, No Matter How Sensitive Your Skin Is
Shaving, for most men, is a professional and aesthetic necessity; however, it can also mean serious irritation and rough, red rashes. Here’s how to avoid razor burn, no matter how sensitive your skin is.
What Is Razor Burn, Exactly?
This common condition, afflicting approximately half of all men, appears as red bumps on the face after shaving. It might sting, too, especially when you apply an aftershave. Razor burn is more prevalent in men with sensitive skin and it’s also more frequent in men with coarse and/or curly hair.
Why Do You Get Razor Burn?
When you shave, your skin can be forced to an odd angle, making the removal of hair follicles a distorted, twisted process. This brutality results in a rough scrape to skin’s delicate surface and a disruption in the normal growth of hair, thereby producing those tender red bumps.
Exacerbating this woe may be the fact that you’re not shaving in the direction of hair growth; you’re using an old, dull razor and/or your facial skin is not sufficiently moistened prior to shaving.
How To Avoid Razor Burn In Steps
Prevention is, of course, your main goal. When you’re sensitive to razor burn, it becomes necessary to take extra precautions before shaving:
- Start with a clean face. Exfoliate if needed (guide explaining when men should exfoliate is found here)..
- Thoroughly hydrate your skin
- Shower or place a hot towel on the area you’ll be shaving first
- If using a hot towel leave on the face for 1-2 minutes to loosen up the tough hairs
- If you have sensitive skin try a pre-shave conditioner . Beard oil works well about 1 minute before shaving.
- Always shave with a sharp instrument, preferably one that hasn’t been used more than seven times. Or has been recently sharpened if using a straight razor.
- Follow the pattern of hair growth with your razor. Going against the grain will cause friction and possibly ingrown hairs.
- Rinse well, but gently. Use luke-warm water.
- Pat face with a towel to dry. Do not scrub or wipe hard with the towel as that will simply inflame the area.
- Apply an after-shave healing agent, such as a moisturizer with vitamin E.
The above 10 steps are critical to avoid razor burn especially if you have sensitive skin. I can’t stress how important using a good aftershave is for a man. Make sure to read our Complete Man’s Guide To Aftershave so you can see the importance of using it immediately after shaving your face.
Keep in mind that learning how to avoid razor burn is often an individualized experiment; what may work for another man simply may not work for you.
How to Cure Razor Burn
Many times once you have razor burn it will need to clear up naturally on its own. Usually, things to help get rid of it do not work very well. That being said, you can and should still try the following.
If at all possible, discontinue shaving for a day or so, until you successfully calm the flare up. It might also be a good idea to minimize the number of times you shave in a seven day period, perhaps giving it up on the weekends if you don’t need to maintain a professional appearance.
But if it does show up you’re going to need to fight back. In terms of immediate topical relief, try dabbing your face with apple cider vinegar or honey, using a cotton ball. Both have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, meaning your skin will be cooled and calmed as you prevent any possible infection.
Go Electric In The Future To Avoid Razor Burn?
Additionally, it is worth noting that some men have better results with an electric razor. Whatever you use, try to avoid getting a squeaky-clean shave, as that may simply be cutting it too close for comfort. Sometimes there is simply no other option for men with extremely sensitive faces.
Take your time shaving and give your skin the extra care needed to avoid razor burn. You’ll always be able to look your best, without the irritation and rashes that you’ve been suffering with.