From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Razor burn is a an irritation of the skin caused by shaving with a razor. It appears as a mild rash and usually disappears after a few hours to a few days, depending on severity. In severe cases, razor burn can also be accompanied by razor bumps, where the area around shaved hairs get raised red welts or infected pustules.

Razor burn is a common problem, especially among those who shave coarse hairs on areas with sensitive skin (including the bikini line, underarms, chest, and beard).

The condition can be caused by:

  • shaving too closely
  • shaving with a blunt blade
  • dry shaving
  • applying too much pressure when shaving
  • Shaving too fast
  • Shaving too roughly

Ways to prevent razor burn include:

  • using a moisturising shaving gel
  • shaving in the direction of the hair growth
  • resisting the urge to shave too closely
  • applying minimal pressure
  • avoiding scratching or irritation after shaving
  • avoiding irritating products on the shaved area (colognes, perfumes, etc.)
  • using an after-shave cream with aloe vera or other emollients

Ways to heal razor burn include:

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