Can we totally prevent razor burn? The simple answer is no, even if you use the best manual razor or the best electric razor it is not 100% preventable. While it is true that there are some preventive measures and using a good electric shaver will drastically reduce razor burn, it may not eliminate razor burn wholly, especially for people with sensitive skin.
Under sever condition razor burn can be a very painful experience. So, the question is how to treat razor burn effectively? Most of use shave everyday and worsen the condition of razor burn if already there. The first step to razor burn treatment is to heal any razor burn before you shave again.
Another common mistake with many people is using alcohol based products such as aftershave or cologne to relief razor burn. This will only worsen the condition as alcohol products dry our skin and thus increase irritation. It can even cause infection. Always use sharp and high quality razor.
For razor burn treatment you could be using homemade remedies or products available on the market. It is difficult to say which product or method will work best for you as we all have different types of skin. There is no particular remedy that will work great on every individual.
In this article we will discuss some of the best treatments that are widely applied for razor burn.
Razor burn treatments
- Apply ice pack at the affected area for 2 – 3 minutes and then let it dry. Upon drying apply a thick paste of pure Aloe-Vera gel or tree oil. The ice treatment will cool down your skin and pacify the irritation. Aloe-Vera contains analgesic qualities that can reduce irritation and promote fast healing.
- If the razor burn is on your body or legs you can try oatmeal bath. Open a packet of oatmeal and soak it for about 10 minutes in warm water. This method is best done in a bathtub where you can completely cover your affected areas.
- You can also use hydrocortisone cream to apply all over the affected areas to further avoid rash from itching and spreading.
- We also recommend using non-fragrance body moisturizer to keep the skin moist. People with sensitive skin should use aftershave that contains benzoyl peroxide known to kill germs and avoid breakouts.
- If problem prevails or in any worse situation you should consult your dermatologist for proper medical care and treatment.
It is best to take some preventive measures to avoid razor burns. Here are some steps you can implement before shaving:
Always go for a wet shave. Remove dirt, oil and dead cells from the area to be shaved by using loofah, shower puff or face wash cream. Apply moisturizer all over your skin before shaving and let it sit and absorb into your skin for 2 – 3 minutes. Thereafter you can apply shaving cream or soap to provide lubrication while shaving.
Never shave in a hurry. You should shave slowly taking small stroke at a time. Do not shave against the grain or stretch your skin in an attempt to get closer shave. Once shaving is completed use cold water or ice cube instead of alcohol based aftershave. It does the same thing to ease your skin after shaving without having to dry out.