Razor burn is caused by hair that is pushed back into the follicle. It can become inflamed and then develop into an ingrown hair.
Use these seven suggestions to minimize the risk of razor burn:
#1 Use a clean, sharp razor each time
#2 Always shave in the direction of the hair growth
#3 Shave after your shower
#4 For some using a shaving oil or gel rather than a cream helps avoid clogging the pores (For others a cream works better -experimentation may be needed)
#5 Avoid passing the razor over the same area numerous times
#6 If razor burn appears, apply an aloe-vera based cortisone cream twice a day to soothe the skin and reduce redness.
#7 Use Ingrown Hair Treatment to treat or prevent ingrown hairs when shaving and eliminate razor burn.
Additional shaving tips:
- Avoid shaving when first getting up after sleep as body fluids make the skin puffy making it more difficult to shave the hair. After 20 or 30 minutes the skin becomes more taut so the hair shaft is more exposed making it easier.
- Don't stay in the bath too long before shaving. The skin will shrivel after eight minutes or so making it difficult to get a smooth, close shave.
- The more repeat strokes over an area of skin the greater risk of irritation. To remove stray hairs which are not removed after one or two passes with the razor, use a pop-up trimmer.
- Always wet the hair first for at least 3 minutes. Hair absorbs water which makes it stand up making it easier when shaving.
- Wet hair also reduces wear on the blade. Shaving after taking a shower is an ideal time.