Basically, razor burn can occur anywhere you shave: on the face, especially on the neck, on the head, in the armpits, in the genital area. It is a serious topic. Above all, if you shave you run the risk of redness, irritation, and pimples. That it itches and burns, your skin makes you powerful stress and revenge for the exhausting shave (because that’s it for the skin). Et voila: That’s razor fire. But how do you get rid of this now or can you avoid razor burn in the future? Yes, there are also many tips that you can take note of.
Some recommend that you quickly switch to dry shaving. Can help, but it does not have to. The others tell you that’s because of the aftershave or the wrong care products. It may or may not be because of this. Well, medically relevant is razor burn, if it does not disappear after a short time – we would say that’s a maximum of seven days – but it comes to a permanent inflammation of the hair follicles. Keyword: Ingrown hair. That’s the case with you? Go to the doctor. Even the best tips do not help here.
Pre Shave – good preparation can often prevent razor burn
Imagine you are a woodcutter and it’s Christmas. People need Christmas trees. Because not every family can put a full-grown Nordmann fir in the living room, one tends to look for small firs, but in the forest, the big firs are in the way, which have to get away. You can now set to work with your ax, but that takes too long, is exhausting, and your ax becomes dull, which causes you to damage the delicate trees and soil. The solution? Why not take a chainsaw to clear the way for you and then just hit the small trees. What does this have to do with the shave? Nothing.
But after you compare full-bearded men often with lumberjacks and we like to tell stories, that was obvious. If your beard or body hair is the forest, the ax of your wet razor and the chainsaw of your long-hair trimmer or trimmer will, of course, make more sense. Shave before shaving just about it, then the razor has less to do later. Otherwise: Prepare your shave well.
- To avoid razor burn, you need to clean the places you want to shave neatly. So wash the affected skin before shaving always with warm water, so they are freed from dead skin cells and impurities. The result is that the razor blades slide better. Use, if necessary, care products such as soap or washing emulsion for cleaning. The goal is to keep your hair free of grease, cream or impurities, which could prevent soaking in warm water in the next step. If you want, you can exfoliate before shaving.
- And then: soften the hair. You do this either with warm water in the shower or if you shave your face at the sink with a hot, wet cloth. Make sure that you choose a temperature that you feel comfortable, which means not too hot. Two to three minutes are optimal.
- For strong beard growth, we recommend Pre Shave Oil. Pre Shave Oil creates a protective film between the blade and the skin, which reduces small cuts, razor burns, redness or skin irritation.
Shave = fire? Must not be, should not be and must not be. This is also gentler.
Razor burn is also caused by too strong mechanical influences such as excessive pressure or blunt and rusty blades. In addition to shaving oil, take shaving cream, shaving gel or shaving cream and let it work a little before you start. When you’ve finished shaving, rinse off any leftovers, preferably with cold water. Yes, that is unpleasant. Burrrrr. And then dab the shaved area dry with a fresh towel, do not rub.
- Your tool, the razor blade or razor, must be sharp and clean. There are undoubtedly good disposable razors, but when shaving large areas, system razors with multiple blades have proven particularly useful. Change your razor blade as soon as it does not cut the hair clean, but tear it out.
- Shave regularly. Get your skin ready for shaving, which is always stressful in the end. However, to some extent, they can help your skin to get used to it and thus minimize or avoid razor bumps. Many men shave every day and have no problems. But if you suffer from razor burn, shave every two or three days, or wait until the razor burn has healed.
- Do not press too hard. Is actually still to point 1, but is important enough to explain it briefly. A sharp blade does not need much pressure to cut the hair. So try to glide over the skin in fluffy fuzziness in as few moves as possible.
Pay attention to the direction of growth of your hair. Sure, the shave against the grain delivers an extremely clean result. But the difference to trains with the line is not that big, as it would be profitable to risk razor fire.
After Shave – Prevents razor burn immediately after shaving.
This is where most “experts” come in and tell you that you could prevent razor burn by smearing yourself with something. Experience has shown that this does not work if you have not worked cleanly in both the preparation and the shave itself. A gentle shave begins with the right preparation. If you do everything right here or at least a lot, you can avoid a lot of skin irritations after shaving. The post-processing itself is of course also very important, here is the finishing touch of the shave and you calm your skin again. In short, the following can help.
- Try After Shave and Lotion. Pay attention to the ingredients of the products you choose. Otherwise, Aloe Vera is highly recommended.
- Alcohol? If you tolerate it. Alcohol disinfects, but burns properly. Especially if your skin is sensitive, you should keep your hands off it. There are good alternative products that are mild and do not irritate your skin.