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Shaving tips for prevention and treatment of razor burn

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Razor Burn Treatment and Prevention

Razor burn is caused when skin is displaced and the hair follicle itself is pulled and scraped by the razor blade. Here are some good tips for preventing and treating razor burn.

Technique

  • Use a new or sharp razor
  • Shave in the same direction as the hair grows

Change with the times

  • In winter your skin will probably be drier and need more moisturising. Try using an aftershave moisturiser after you shave in the morning and slapping a bit more moisturiser before bed so your skin will be hydrated by morning and less susceptible to razor burn

Know your type

  • Take an online skin type test to see what skin type you have and how it affects what products you should use to minimise razor burn. Sensitive skin may benefit from  a single blade razor. 

Sterilise the scene

  • Bacteria can exacerbate razor burn. If you see signs of razor burn use an antibacterial facewash to sterilise the scene and remember to clean your razor thoroughly

Treat it with tea

  • The tannic acid in tea will reduce inflammation if you squeeze a used tea bag onto the affected area

Natural Remedies

  • Try aloe vera, diluted lemon juice, tea tree oil or witch hazel to alleviate the symptoms

From the pharmacy

  • look for products with Salicylic or Glycolic acid
  • crush up two or three aspirin tablet with water to make a paste. Use this paste on your razor bumps. Allow to dry and then rinse it off. 

Hopefully this will help make your morning shave a smoother experience. Please share your tips and pass them on.