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How to Get Rid of Razor Burn - Easy Ways to Prevent and Soothe Razor Burn

Updated on September 1, 2011

Getting Rid of Razor Burn

One of the best ways to get rid of razor burn is to do your best to avoid it in the first place.

Razor burn can occur if you shave incorrectly, too closely or you are merely shaving in sensitive areas. Sometimes it can look like a small red rash, small bumps or can even cause blisters or infected pimples. It can also cause the skin to feel itchy, uncomfortable or look red.

Here are some preventative measures you can take to avoid getting razor burn as well as some remedies you can use to get rid of it after you have it.

Clean and Replace your Blade Often

The best way to avoid or get rid of razor burn is to ensure that the razor blade you are using is clean and/or replaced often.

A dull or dirty blade can be a major contributor to razor burn. Quite often people will use a blade longer than they should. It could be due to either being in a rush, running out of fresh razor blades, or just simply feeling too lazy to replace the blade.  However, if a razor is being used past its effective date it can cause razor burn.

It is important to replace your blade often and to ensure that the one you are using is clean by washing it occasionally with rubbing alcohol. This will help to get rid of any bacteria.

It is also a good idea to ensure that extra blades are in the house at all times for easy replacement when necessary.

Most razor manufacturers suggest that a blade be replaced every two weeks. You might be able to extend it to 3 or 4 weeks if you shave less often, or if the hair you are using it on is not that coarse, but this is a general guideline to keep in mind.

Use Warm Water When Shaving

Hair is hardest when it is dry. Using warm to hot water will help soften it up.

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Use the Proper Moisturizing Shaving Gel

Never shave dry skin. This could be one of the biggest causes of razor burn.

It is best to use a proper moisturizing gel or lubricant which will go a long way in preventing razor burn because it forms a barrier between the blade and your skin.

If you do not have shaving gel available, you can use soap in a pinch but be sure to lather it on liberally.

Get Rid of Razor Burn By Taking It Easy On Skin

It is important to not apply too much pressure when shaving. Many people are under the mistaken impression that the more pressure you use, the closer the shave. In truth, however, applying too much pressure can actually irritate the skin.

A sharp new razor blade will ensure a close shave, even with the lightest of touches.

Shave in the Same Direction That the Hair Grows.

Quite often people will shave hair in the opposite direction that it is growing with the belief that they will get a closer shave as well. Unfortunately this too is one of the biggest culprits of not only razor burn, but ingrown hairs, a condition that could be rather painful.

It is important to always remember to shave in the direction that the hair is growing regardless of where on your body you are shaving.

Do Your Best To Avoid Perfumed or Scented Aftershaves

This is especially true for people with sensitive skin. Most aftershave lotions contain alcohol which can actually dry the skin when used, making razor burn worse than ever.

Try using a scentless moisturizer or a moisturizer that contains aloe vera right after shaving. Then you can use a simple cologne or perfume to get the awesome scent that you are looking for.

Treating Razor Burn After the Fact

Aloe Vera is probably one of the best treatments you can use to help sooth razor burns. You can apply the gel that comes directly from the plant by breaking a leaf in half and rubbing the gel on the burned area, or you can purchase Aloe Vera in most drug stores. It is a handy product to have on hand because it can treat many types of burns, even sunburns.

Cortisone cream is another remedy you can try to help relieve the redness and discomfort.

If neither of these are available to you at the moment, simply use cold water and pat dry with a towel or wash cloth.


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      Bella 5 years ago

      If you are looking for a product that works and is easy to apply, try this product from Swedish Skin Care called Razor Burn Freedom, I even bought it off of Amazon one time.

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      Northernlion 7 years ago from

      I have found that this method works pretty well, but people also need to realize that there are products (shaving creams and aftershaves) specifically designed for those of us who are prone to razor burn! The best method I have ever found for shaving without getting razor burn was at

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      lauralolita 7 years ago from Florida

      That's a lot of great information! I hate razor burn so anything I can do to avoid it, I will! I even taught my husband that trick about shaving with the grain, it's made a huge difference in his skin's appearance. Good Hub!

      ~ Laura