If you have sensitive skin and you shave quite often, you probably know the feeling of razor burn. It’s called burn for a reason because it makes you feel like your face is on fire and gives it unattractive, irritated look. This is the last thing you want to see in the mirror if you have just shaved before an important date or a business meeting.
While razor burn is usually associated with men, as they shave almost every day and make their skin more prone to damage caused by razors, women also have to deal with the symptoms of razor burn, especially in the zones where the skin is softer, like in the bikini area or under the armpits.
Causes and symptoms of razor burn
These burning, red bumps occur as a result of skin irritation that can be caused by the use of a blunt razor, a harsh shaving product (or no shaving product at all) or a wrong shaving technique. The advice we give in this article is focused on avoiding and treating razor burn on the face since this problem affects mostly men. However, every treatment we describe can be applied to the armpits, bikini area and legs or any area of skin that is damaged by inappropriate shaving.
How to get rid of razor burn
Razor burn is a type of skin inflammation and may be accompanied by pain and swelling. In order to diminish those symptoms, you can use a cold compress on the affected area. Take a few ice cubes and wrap them in a clean cloth, then press them gently against the recently shaved skin. This should give you an instant relief. Ice not only reduces the inflammation but also shrinks blood vessels and stimulates blood circulation. As a result, it boosts the regeneration of the damaged skin.
Make sure you don’t apply the ice cubes directly onto the skin as it may cause more damage.
If you don’t have ice, simply wet a washcloth in cold water, squeeze it and put it on your face. The low temperature will have the same effect on your skin as the ice pack. Keep the washcloth on your face for 10-15 minutes. If you feel that in the meantime the washcloth gets warm, just rinse it in cold water once again and repeat the procedure.
Aloe vera is well known for its soothing properties and has been used in many skincare products for years. Applying aloe vera gel on the skin affected by razor burn will reduce the redness almost instantly and will give you a nice, cooling effect. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, you can break one or two leaves, squeeze the pulp out and apply it on the skin. Rinse it off after 30 minutes and finish the treatment off with some jojoba oil that will enhance the skin regeneration process.
Glycolic and Salicylic Acids
Both glycolic and salicylic acids have antiseptic properties and the products based on them are recommended for men who shave daily. Applying salicylic or glycolic acid on a regular basis not only prevents the skin from infections but also strengthens the skin cells and makes the skin less prone to damage.
One of the most versatile home remedies for all kinds of skin problems is honey. It is used to fight bacterial and fungal infections, to smoothen and soften the skin as well as to rejuvenate epidermis. It can also bring a huge relief when you have a razor burn. All you need to do is apply a thin layer of honey on the affected skin, leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. For best results, finish the treatment with an ice pack compress.
If possible, use organic honey in order to not put your vulnerable skin in contact with a product that may contain some harmful toxins.
Thanks to the fact that black tea contains tannic acid, it has anti-inflammatory properties and may soothe the skin and greatly help reduce the swelling and redness when you get a razor burn. The treatment is very simple. Just soak two or three teabags in warm water, cool them down and put on the area affected by the razor burn. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse the skin with cool water. For best results, chill the teabags in the fridge for 15 minutes before you put them on the skin. The lower temperature will additionally stimulate blood circulation, which is important for faster skin cells regeneration. You can repeat this treatment three or four times a day if necessary.
Soda, just like honey, has so many valuable properties that it can be used in the treatment of almost all skin conditions, from swelling to acne. No surprise that it’s recommended for those who want to reduce the symptoms of the razor burn. Mix two tablespoons of soda with a teaspoon of water and make a smooth paste. If needed, add a few more drops of water, but make sure that the paste is not too runny because it won’t stay on the skin. Apply the paste onto the affected skin with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.