Oh, what a feeling of a clean freshly shaven beard! There’s nothing quite like it. However, if you are not careful, you could end up with a nasty skin irritation: pseudofolliculitis barbae, commonly known as razor burn. It can occur not only on your face, but also on any part of your body that you shave. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can do to prevent it.
What Are Razor Bumps?
Razor bumps are small bumps that form in the skin due top improper shaving techniques. Not only are they not visually appealing, but they can cause mild pain. If not properly treated, they can progress into scar tissue.
How Can I Prevent Razor Bumps from Occurring?
There are many easy steps to take when shaving to prevent future razor bump breakouts from happening.
- Use fresh razors and dry the razor immediately after use. Over time, usage will cause the razor to become dull. Also, allowing a razor to remain wet will cause bacteria to grow and rust install. If you are noticing rust and having a difficult time getting a clean shave, you should consider replacing your blade more often.
- Shave after a shower. A nice, hot shower will create the perfect humidity and temperature to soften up your hair and moisten your skin before gliding a razor blade against it.
- Shave with the grain. Shaving against the grain might get you a closer cut, but it will also increase your chances of getting a razor burn, ingrown hairs, or even cutting yourself.
- Shaving gel. Using shaving gel further moisturizes your face and allows for a smoother, gentler shave. The gel will prevent any friction that could cause cuts, burns and unwanted irritation.
- Flush your face with cold water afterwards. Just as warm water is used before shaving to moisten and soften your skin, cold water should be used immediately after to close up the pores and avoid the appearance of ingrown hairs.
How Can I Treat Razor Burns?
If you got any unwanted irritation from shaving, here’s what you can do: apply some aftershave cream or an aloe vera product. This will soothe the skin and alleviate some of the pain. You may also try antibiotic ointments. Hot and cold compressions may be used: alternate the application of warm and cold water to help heal your skin faster. Some other methods include applying Witch Hazel, Lemon Juice and Tea Tree Oil to the affected area.
As is the case with many other skin conditions, razor burns are also easier to prevent than cure. Follow the tips above and get a clean shave along with flawless skin.