If you're like most men, you've probably experienced razor burn at some point in your life. Razor burn can be a real nuisance, and it can be embarrassing to walk into the office with red spots all over your face. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about razor burn. We'll talk about the causes of razor burn, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.


What Is Razor Burn

Razor burn is a skin irritation that can occur after shaving. It is characterized by redness, itching, and a burning sensation. Razor burn can be very uncomfortable and often lasts several hours or even days. In severe cases, razor burn can lead to blistering and scarring.

The Difference Between Razor Burn and Razor Bumps

Many confuse razor burn with razor bumps, but they're not the same. Razor burns happen immediately after a shave, while razor bumps occur later when the hair is growing back. Razor bumps happen when the hair gets stuck inside the hair follicle and can not leave the skin.


Razor bumps are also not ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are when the hair grows out and then back into the skin.


What Causes Razor Burn?

Razor burn is a common side effect of shaving and can happen to anyone. Many people think they have sensitive skin because they get razor burn, but that is not why people get razor burn; even people who don't have sensitive skin can still get razor burn. Here are the most common causes of razor burn.


  • Using an old or dull razor
  • Shaping in the opposite direction of hair growth
  • Using a multi-blade razor
  • Applying too much pressure when shaving
  • Not washing your face
  • Shaving too quickly


If you are experiencing razor burn, it's a good idea to start rethinking your shaving and grooming routine. Washing your face, using a fresh razor blade, and slowing down when you shave are great ways to start. You might also want to consider using a trimmer.


How Long Does Razor Burn Last?

Razor burn typically lasts 2 to 3 days, but healing time also depends on your skin type. If you have dry and flaky skin, it could take a week for your skin to heal fully. If you have oily skin, then razor burn can heal much faster.

How To Soothe Razor Burn

A razor burn is skin damage, so you will want to treat it. Avoid using products that contain alcohol because that will dry out and irritate the skin further.

Stop Shaving Right Away

It's crucial to stop shaving as soon as you notice a razor burn. If you really need to shave the remainder of your face, then you can use a trimmer like a Brio Bearscape. You want to give your skin time to heal, and you don't want to cause any further damage by continuing to shave.

Use an Ice Pack To Relieve Pain

You first want to use an ice pack or cold compress directly on the irritated area. This will help decrease inflammation, reduce redness by constricting blood vessels, and even numb the pain.

Use Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a great natural way to treat razor burn. Aloe vera will help promote healing by reducing inflammation, promoting circulation, and inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Alovera also is cool to the touch and acts like a mild cold compress. We've all used it for sunburns, but it works just as well for razor burn.

Apply Coconut Oil

If you don't have aloe vera, another great option is coconut oil which will naturally hydrate the skin and reduce the time the skin is irritated.


How To Prevent Razor Burn

let's be honest, razor burn sucks and can be embarrassing. The good news is that if you do a couple of things differently in your daily routine, you can completely prevent it. We wrote an entire guide on preventing razor burn but here are the best tips we have found to avoid razor burn in the first place.

Wash Your Face

Preventing razor burn starts with good hygiene by washing your face regularly. When you have a build-up of dead skin cells on your face, it can cause razor blades to get dull, and the dead skin cells get clogged in the pores of your skin, which can cause razor burn. So wash your face each time before you shave.


You can finish off with a natural moisturizer made for your skin type. Moisturizing your face right after you shave will reduce that post-shave irritation.


Apply a Warm Towel To Your Face

Another great way to reduce razor burn before shaving is using a warm towel. When you place a warn towel on your skin for about a minute before shaving, the mild heat will open up your skin pores and allow the hair to stand up more straight. This will ensure the perfect shave and is the same reason you see professional barbers applying towels to their customers' faces before a professional shave.

Use a Trimmer

If you experience a lot of razor burn, using a trimmer instead of a razor blade is a fantastic option. Trimmer technology has come a long way in recent years, and there are even trimming blades like the Zero-Blade, which will get you a skin-close trim without shaving. Trimmers are also quicker and easier to use than razor blades.


Even if you don't want to get rid of your razor blades completely, a good trimmer can be a great addition to your shaving routine when trimming curved areas that you might not want to use a razor blade for. The Brio Bearscape paired with the Zero-Blade is the perfect close-to-the-skin trim combo.

Use a Safety Razor

If you don't want to give up your razors, then using an old-school double-edged safety razor is a great way to reduce razor burn. Modern cartridge blades often feature too many blades that irritate your skin. Cheaper cartridge razors are also usually duller than a safety razor.

Apply An Aftershave Or Moisturizer

A lot of people forget this step after they shave, and it could be the reason for irritation or razor burn. After you shave or trim, you want to apply a specific aftershave balm or a natural moisturizer made for your skin type. When you shave or trim, natural oils are removed from the skin, and you want to add that back.


Moisturizing also improves the general texture and health of your skin, reducing the risk of razor burn.



There you have it, everything you need to know about how long razor burn lasts and how to prevent it. By following the tips in this blog post, you can say goodbye to razor burn; if it does happen, you know exactly what to do to treat it. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. We would love to hear from you!


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September 01, 2022 — Eric Steckling

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