Razor Burn 101

We’re diving into a skin care regimen for razor burn; we know it sucks and we’re here to help!

More often than not, the cause of razor burn isn’t the products you use, it’s because of your technique. Shaving is an art. In order to create a masterpiece, you need to work on your technique and use the best tools. Many people believe that the best technique for shaving involves long, fast strokes with your razor, moving against the direction of hair growth with just enough pressure to remove it. However, this technique often causes razor burn!

What is razor burn? How can I get rid of it?

Razor burn is a skin irritation that happens soon after an area of your body has been shaved. It consists of an itchy rash, usually resembling little red bumps, often created by ingrown hairs. To reduce your risk of getting razor burn, always shave in the direction of your hair growth (keep in mind in some areas, especially your neck hair, can grow in different directions), use short strokes, don’t press too hard, and avoid going over the same area twice. 

Additional ways you can prevent razor burn:

  • Soften Beard - Use conditioner and shave after a shower. The hot steam will soften your beard, leaving it perfect for a good, razor burn free shave.
  • Exfoliate - Remove dead skin and bring potential ingrown hairs out of hiding by using an exfoliating facial scrub.
  • Use a Sharp Razor - A dull razor blade can cause ingrown hairs and skin irritation, as well as tear and drag your facial hair. It’s important to make sure you’re shaving with a sharp razor to avoid these problems. Safety razors make it easy to change blades, which is great for avoiding dull razors.
  • Clean Blade - Bacteria and grime can only make your skin worse. Make sure you are using a clean razor each time you shave. Check out our post on 5 Steps to Take Care of Your Shaving Razor for some additional guidance.
  • Rinse with Cold Water - Rinsing your face with cold water after a shave helps close pores and reduces the risk of developing ingrown hairs.
  • Moisturize - Aftershaves can cause some additional irritation. Use a beard balm or aloe vera based cream instead to reduce redness.

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