How to Prevent and Treat Razor Burn
Posted by Cat Meeker on August 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM
While we love short shorts and swimsuits during the summer, it’s never flattering when they reveal unsightly red bumps, better known as razor burn. Razor burn is caused by hair that is pushed back into the follicle, which becomes inflamed and then develops into an ingrown hair. Prevent the problem before it even happens with these tips.
- Switch to a shaving gel instead of cream to avoid clogging pores. Try Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth.
- Use light, short strokes.When using longer strokes you instinctively apply greater pressure, increasing your chances of irritation.
- Always use a clean and sharp razor.
- Avoid too tight jeans or underwear,because they can rub against the skin causing irritation.
Here’s how to treat existing razor burn:
- Dab apple-cider vinegar onto your skin using a cotton ball. Allow to soak for 10 minutes, then rinse.
- Dissolve aspirin tablets in warm water to create a sticky paste. Lather on the irritated skin to soothe, anesthetize, and heal the bumps.
- Apply a cold compress to razor bumps, then pat dry — do not rub or scratch.
- Apply aloe-based hydrocortisone cream twice a day.
- Spread on a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
- Avoid perfumes and scented lotions on your body.
- Don’t pick at them! They’ll only get worse.
- Stop shaving for three days to allow skin to heal.
How do you prevent and treat razor burn? Let us know by leaving a comment!