How To Treat Razor Burn
Making your skin look healthy and smooth is the goal when shaving; however, you should know how to treat razor burn, if it occurs. Basically, razor burn is an injury to the tissue that forms a skin irritation when the top layer of skin is peeled away when shaving. This is the reason that razor burn happens. Treating the chafed skin can take a bit of care but can be achieved fairly easily by following the suggestions below.
Things you may need to treat razor burn:
- Clean razor blades
- Unused disposable razors
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Lotion depilatory
- Take your time when shaving, it’s not a race. Many people try to rush through the process to get it over so they can get on with the day. However, when you hurry through it, there’s more of a chance for getting razor burn. Slowing down can lessen the irritation; don’t make your skin pay the price later for a careless, rush job.
- Use hydrocortisone creams to treat razor burn. Applied sparingly immediately after you shave can assist in the healing. You will only need a small dab on the area to reduce the redness. It is recommended to only use it for a short term so that your skin doesn’t become thin from overuse. Just a few days should be sufficient to treat the razor burn.
- Think about alternating razors with lotion depilatories. This is an effective way to treat razor burn when it occurs. Instead of continuing the harsh use of razors when the skin has been irritated, switch to one of the creams that dissolve the hair. The depilatory is not advised if you notice a burning sensation or find that you have an allergic reaction. Discontinue the use and go with one of the other remedies.
- Replace your razor blades frequently. A blunt, used razor is more likely to create an uneven shave that will result in razor burn. Keep your blades in alcohol when they are not in use to keep them clean and sharp. If you use the disposable kind, throw them away after you use them. To avoid having to treat the razor burn, change the blades often to prevent the condition.
- See a dermatologist if the irritation persists. Some of the more severe cases of razor burn may require medical attention. Shaving will only make the rash worse when razor burn is present for longer than a few days. Also, if you experience any sign of infection like swelling, throbbing, puss discharge or heat around the area, make an appointment to see your doctor.