Do you suffer from razor burn after shaving? If so, you are not alone. Many people experience this irritating and unsightly condition. In this blog post, we will discuss ten effective solutions for getting rid of razor burn fast. We will also talk about the causes of razor burn and how to prevent it from happening in the first place. Let's get started!


What Is Razor Burn?

Razor burn is a skin irritation that usually happens immediately after shaving. It has a slight burning sensation and can be sensitive to the touch. It is caused by using a dull razor blade or pressing down too hard on the skin while shaving and causing irritated skin. It is often confused with razor bumps which happens when the hair becomes stuck under the skin in the hair follicle and can't grow out. Razor burn usually last for about two days.


How To Get Rid Of Razor Burn

Razor burn can be painful and unsightly, but don't worry; there are many ways to get rid of razor burn quickly. We are going to walk you through the top 10.


Stop Shaving

The best way to eliminate razor burn is to stop shaving immediately. You don't want to worsen the problem, and you could have a used or blunt razor blade causing the razor burn. So before you do anything else, stop shaving. If you need to get a shaven look in case of an emergency, then you can use your trimmer to finish off the look.


Trimming technology is a lot more advanced than it used to be. There are even trimming blades like the Zero-Blade that can get you close to the skin trim that is almost as good as shaving with razors, so if you are experiencing a lot of razor burn, this might be something to look into.


Apply Concealer

Guys, don't be afraid of this one. If you have a mild case of razor burn and you need to go somewhere right away, but don't want to look like you have a giant rash all over your face, then applying some concealer is a great option. Concealers can significantly reduce the appearance of razor burn and, in some cases, completely remove it. Just remember to wash off the concealer and your face at the end of the day.


This is an excellent solution for mild razor burn, but if you have a severe case of razor burn where you are bleeding, then you might want to skip this and move to other suggestions.


Apply benzoyl peroxide

When people experience razor burn, they typically use generic rubbing alcohol. While this can work, it can also dry the skin and lead to more irritation later. 5% Benzoyl Peroxide is a lighter version of rubbing alcohol that will have the same effect as rubbing alcohol by clearing bacteria and reducing redness, but it's much lighter on the skin and will not remove as much moisture.

Apply Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a fantastic remedy for razor burn. It has natural cooling properties that reduce redness almost immediately and has been shown to be extremely effective for healing burns.


Apply aloe vera to the affected spot and leave it on until it drys, then wash it off and re-apply it 2 to 3 times per day for about 1 or 2 days.


Apply Coconut Oil

Coconut is another great option for healing razor burns. It's very similar to aloe vera and rehydrates the skin while soothing the burning sensation and applying nutrients to the skin that help the healing process.


Coconut oil does not dry as quickly as aloe vera, so you can usually apply a thin layer once and leave it on throughout the day.


Apply Oatmeal paste

If all you have is some oatmeal lying around, then that is actually a great solution for razor burn. It is typically used for severe sungburn, but it will have a similar effect on razor burn. Oatmeal paste reduces irritation and itchiness, and it has anti-inflammatory properties.


To make oatmeal paste add natural oatmeal to a bowl of warm water and then mix for a minute until it creates a paste. Make sure the paste is not too hot and is only a little warm to the touch. If it is too hot, it could scold you. When the paste is only slightly warm, you can apply it to the red area for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, you can remove the paste, and you will notice results.

Apply Skim Milk Or Yogurt

Another great and natural remedy for razor burn is skim milk or yogurt. The fat and proteins in dairy products will have a soothing effect on the skin. You want to ensure it's cold because when you apply this to your skin, the colder temperature will also restrict blood vessels to reduce swelling and redness.


Take a small amount of either skim milk or yogurt and apply it to the skin for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you can remove the substance, and you should notice the results.


Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been shown to have great anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory effects, which is excellent for treating razor burn. It's also used for acne, so not only is this a good remedy for razor burn, but it could be a great new addition to your skincare routine if you suffer from irritated and sensitive skin often.


Tea tree oil usually comes in a small vial. Place two drops of tea tree oil directly on the affected area. It will soak into your skin, so there's no need to wipe it off.


Witch Hazel Extract

Witch hazel is another excellent razor burn treatment. It doesn't reduce any itchy feeling or pain, but it does reduce inflammation. If you have dry skin, then witch hazel will not work well for you, and we recommend a different treatment because witch hazel will make your skin drier.


You can use witch hazel by pouring a small amount into a soft cloth and then gently pressing it against the affected area. Make sure not to rub witch hazel as that can cause further irritation.


Apple Cider Vinegar

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Don't use regular vinegar because it is more concentrated and can cause skin irritation.


To use apple cider vinegar, pour a small amount, about quarter size, onto a damp washcloth. Then gently pat it on the affected area for about 3 minutes.




Tips To Prevent Razor Burn

Wouldn't it be great if you never got razor burn ever again? Luckily, you can do quite a few things to prevent razor burn, even if you have sensitive skin.

Use an Electric Trimmer

If you suffer from frequent razor burn, then maybe it's time to avoid shaving altogether. The good news is that trimmers have come a long way with their technology and even feature trim heads like the Zero-Blade that can give you a skin-close trim just like shaving. You also don't have to worry about pulling as you do with an electric razor.


Electric trimmers are great for people who have coarse or curly hair. If you have thick and curly hair, shaving can become complicated, and often the hair will get stuck in the razor blades. Trimmers are much better suited to cut this type of hair.

Use Shaving Gel Instead Of Shaving Cream

Shaving gel is much better than shaving cream if you are trying to prevent razor burn. It creates a smooth surface barrier between the skin and the blade that is more gentle and forgiving on the skin. Many shaving gels use aloe vera, which is excellent for reducing inflammation while you shave.


In the long run, it's also cheaper to use shaving gel instead of shaving cream because it requires less product to cover your face.

Using a Safety Razor or Straight razor

Modern shaving cartridges feature multiple blades, sometimes up to 8 blades! This might sound great, but you only need one blade to get a good shave, and those extra blades are irritating your skin and potentially causing razor burn. Safety razors and straight razors only have one blade, and they are usually higher quality and sharper than modern shaving cartridges.


Safety razors and straight razors are great if you get a lot of ingrown hairs. Having multiple blades increases the chance of breaking hair out of the skin, which can cause it to grow back at an angle. Safety razors have a cleaner cut, perfect for preventing ingrown hairs.

Wash Your Face Regularly

Washing your face regularly removes all the dead skin cells that can build up over time. Too many dead skin cells on your face can dull your shaving blades and cause razor burn. So, wash and moisturize your face often or at least before you shave.


People can get very detailed with their skincare routine, but all you need is a wash, exfoliator, and moisturizer that is made for your skin type.


Wrapping Up

That's it! We hope you found our tips helpful. Razor burn sucks, but there are things you can do to treat and prevent it, like using shaving gel instead of shaving cream or using an electric trimmer instead of a razor.


Let us know what you think in the comments below, and thanks for reading!


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September 01, 2022 — Eric Steckling

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