Razor irritation is a common problem among teens, young adults, and grown men who prefer a clean shave to a 5 o’clock shadow. Unfortunately, a new razor, light shave cream, and gentle shaving strokes do not always guarantee a smooth shave.
Tips for Shaving Without Bumps
Below are a few tips from acclaimed Miami dermatologist, Dr. Mariano Busso. Follow these tips to reduce irritation after shaving:
- Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair.
- Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. Be sure to shave in the direction the hair grows.
- Change blades after 5-7 shaves to help minimize shaving irritation.
- Shaving can irritate your skin and make acne worse. Try shaving with an electric or disposable blade razor to see which one works best. Use a razor with a sharp blade, shave lightly to prevent nicks, and never try to shave off the acne as that can make acne worse.
Get Rid of Shaving Bumps
The tips above are not very helpful if you already have shaving bumps or irritated skin. Below are a few well-known home remedies for alleviating post-shave irritation.
Aloe Vera. Purchase aloe vera gel over-the-counter at any pharmacy, and apply directly to the irritated area. To further minimize irritation, choose a brand that does not include artificial colors or fragrances.
Heating Pad. A little heat can go a long way. Apply a heating pad to your neck and face, allowing the heat to open your pours. If you do not have a heating pad, soak a clean cotton washcloth in hot water, and allow it to cool to a safe temperature before applying.
Witch Hazel. This natural antiseptic is also available over-the-counter at most pharmacies. When applied, witch hazel is known to sooth irritation and, in some cases, reduce redness.
Lemon Juice. If you prefer to go au natural, grab a lemon from your refrigerator and slice it into quarters. Use one quarter to squeeze lemon juice directly on to your irritated skin. This naturally acidic juice is thought to reduce bacteria on the skin, which can mask redness while also working to prevent infection.
Do you have any additional tips for reducing irritation while shaving? Share your experiences in the Comments section below!
Miami Skin Care with Dr. Mariano Busso
Dr. Mariano Busso is an aesthetic dermatologist in Miami, available to enhance the appearance of your skin. Whether you’re looking for information on proper shaving techniques, or require treatment for acne scarring, we handle all of your skin-related issues. Call 305-857-0144 or schedule a dermatology appointment online today.