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Natural Razor Burn Cures

Updated on January 14, 2012

Shaving damages and dries the top layer of your skin. This can lead to a rash, bumps and small cuts, which are collectively called razor burn. Razor burn appears directly after shaving and can take a few hours or days to go away. It can happen to guys and girls, anywhere you shave. The more sensitive the area, the more uncomfortable it is likely to be.

In this article we will look at ways to avoid razor burn as well as some natural razor burn cures. Try each of them until you find the one which works best for your razor burn.

Don’t make it worse
If an area is affected with razor burn, don’t shave there again until the redness and bumps have completely healed. Shaving an affected area will be painful and it will take much longer to heal.

Instant relief
For instant relief of razor burn, dry the area, then apply witch hazel with a cotton ball. This won’t just relieve the burning sensation, but also speed healing. If you don’t have witch hazel try dissolving 2 aspirin in water then soak your affected area in it. If aspirin doesn’t work, you could try soaking a chamomile teabag in water, for a few seconds and then placing it on your rash.

Razor bumps
This looks a lot like acne. It is red infected bumps under the skin. They can last longer than razor burn. I have found that acne treatment works best on these bumps. Wait for the other signs of razor burn to go away, till just the bumps are showing, then apply acne cream directly to the bumps.

When you shave

Always shave with the grain.
Switch your razor blade regularly, so they don’t become dull.
Soften your hair with warm water before shaving. It’s best if you shave right after a shower. This also helps by hydrating the skin before you shave. Dehydration is a major part of razor burn.
Wash your razor with medical alcohol between uses to kill bacteria.

Switch to a shaving gel
A good shaving gel which contains Aloe can greatly reduce the redness and irritation after shaving. For guys I would recommend Edge sensitive skin gel it’s a popular shaving gel which helps with razor burn, even for people with very sensitive skin. I don’t know about shaving gels for girls, but I am told that Bikini Zone is the best shaving gel for girls, with razor burn.

If nothing works
Guys consider switching to an electric razor. They don’t work so well for all types of hair, but they are much easier on the skin. I would recommend the Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver as a premium option and the Braun pocket as a budget alternative.

Girls try a hair-dissolver cream. These are smelly and messy, but far better for your skin. Veet is a trusted brand, it’s not perfect, but give it a try.

Hopefully you will find that one of these razor burn cures can fix your problem. If you enjoyed this article you might also benefit from natural cure for allergies.

Shaving tips for girls

Shaving tips for guys

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    • Trsmd profile image

      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      i find that vasiline works really well, it adds lost moisture, heals the broken skin, and helps with any burning pain

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      JodyEllen 8 years ago from Pacific, WA

      I had no idea that the medical alcohol would help prevent bacteria growth on the razor. That is a really good tip. That being said, soaking your razor in alcohol should also help prevent those white bumps (aka folliculitis, infection of the hair follicles) that grow under the skin for women's bikini line or armpits. These are from using a dirty razor, so cleaning that thing will really help!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I always use either Edge or Gilette (my favorite). I found that a little goes a long way--a teaspoon or so of the gel is usually enough. Thanks, jGaunt.