Shaving Irritations

As someone with sensitive skin/eczema, I have huge problems when it comes to shaving—namely, every time I shave, my legs break out in a nasty rash the day after. I’m assuming this is some form of razor burn which consists of redness, stinging, and bumps. Unfortunately, shaving is the most common method of hair removal as most other methods are time consuming or costly. But apparently sensitive skin is common, meaning so are razor burns.

Shaving wrong can lead to razor burn, and there are multiple ways of shaving wrong:

  • Not using a lubricant (soap and water, shaving cream, etc)
  • Shaving against the direction of your hair
  • Pulling back the skin while shaving
  • Using an old razor
  • Using a razor clogged with hair, soap, or shaving cream
  • Going over the same area too many times
  • Shaving too quickly
  • Using products that irritate your skin

Other than obviously not doing what is listed above, you should also consider doing the following to fight razor burn:

  • Using a single blade razor
  • Exfoliate regularly
  • Rinse with cold water after shaving
  • Use light, short strokes

If you’ve already shaved and are already suffering from razor burn, a cool washcloth can sooth the heat and itching as well as aloe vera and avodado oils. Above all, try not to scratch. Lotions, aftershaves, and moisturizers may also help soothe heat and itching as well as fight dryness and irritation. You may want to pick a fragrence free one however to avoid adding to the problem. There are plenty of home remedies for inflammation but over-the-counter creams like hydrocortisone are common as well.

If you end up with razor bumps, don’t shave the area again until it has healed and see your doctor if they become infected.

If you’re having a lot of trouble getting razor rashes undercontrol, consult a dermtologist. They can often prescribe a cream to help those with extra sensitive skin. But always consult a professional first.

Info: Everyday Health: https://www.everydayhealth.com/razor-burn/guide/

Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/razor-burn#treatment

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