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Remedies for razor burns

A razor burn is skin irritation that happens after shaving an area. It causes burning sensation as well as itchiness and the affected area becomes swollen. This condition is usually common in men frequently shaving their faces and women shaving their legs and armpits.

Causes of razor burns

  • Using hard soaps
  • Using dull blade for shaving
  • Shaving dry skin and unconditioned skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Using improper technique in shaving
  • Lack of proper after- care
  • Burning sensations
    Remedies for razor burns

    Apply hot or cold compress on the affected area.

  • Tenderness

Symptoms

  • Development of small red swelling
  • Burning sensation
  • Tenderness
  • Itchiness of the affected area

Treatment

  • Apply hot or cold compress on the affected area. Soak a clean towel in hot or cold water. Wring out excess water and apply it on the area. Cold compress can be applied on the armpits, neck, legs and the bikini area to lessen burning and stinging sensation and inflammation. Hot compress is good for the affected arms and legs to lessen the swelling and the inflammation. Another alternative is soaking a clean wash cloth in cold water and place it directly on the affected area for a few minutes or splashing cold water on the skin immediately after shaving. Repeat any of these treatments several times every day.
  • Dissolve 2 tablets of aspirin in 1 teaspoon of warm water. Mix them together until it becomes a paste and then apply it directly on the affected skin. Let it remain in the area for at least 10 minutes, and then rinse it off using lukewarm water. Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the redness and the inflammation of the area.
  • Over-the-counter medication to lessen the inflammation and the pain.
  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone anti-itch cream to lessen the irritations and the itchiness at least 2 times every day. It will also moisturize the affected area.
  • Prescribed oral antibiotic if the area develops infections.
  • Prescribed retinoid to lessen the accumulation of dead cells and exfoliate the surface of the skin.
  • Apply aloe vera gel to lessen the irritation and the swelling. It prevents infections and for fast healing of the condition. Another alternative is using a fresh aloe Vera leaf. Open the leaf and scoop the gel and apply to the affected area.
  • Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of water. Mix them well and then soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it on the affected area of the skin. Leave it on for at least 5 minutes and wash it off using cool water. Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties and also lessens the redness and the itchiness of the area.

Tips

  • Exfoliate the skin regularly to eliminate dead skin cells
  • Apply lubricant such as soap or shaving cream before shaving
  • Avoid pulling the skin tightly while shaving.
  • Replace razor blade frequently.
  • Rinse the blade during the process of shaving
  • Rinse the skin using cold water or apply a cold washcloth to the area to close the pores after shaving.

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