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8 Tips for Dealing With Razor Burn

pink razorOne of my least favorite parts about being a woman is shaving. We have to shave our legs, shave our pits, and keep things under control down under. With razor to skin so often, just about every woman will deal with bumps and irritation at some point in time. And, you know, this is not just a woman’s issue, but it seems like we have worse luck with shaving than men! I wish I could tell you how to get rid of razor burn for good, but I can’t! I can tell you some tips and tricks I’ve used to help prevent and treat it.

Tips for Dealing With Razor Burn

  1. Use a high quality razor and replace often. A dull edge will irritate and cut your skin.
  2. Take your time and be careful. (When I hurry, that’s when I cut myself and get razor burn)
  3. Shave at the end of your shower or bath so your pores are opened up from the steam and so the area is clean.
  4. Avoid dry shaving at all costs! Even plain water to wet your leg and razor is better than nothing.
  5. Go over the area only once if possible. The more times you shave over the same area, the more likely it will get irritated, causing bumps and even ingrown hairs.
  6. Apply cold water to your skin afterwards to reduce swelling and redness.
  7. Pat yourself dry – don’t rub.
  8. Apply aloe vera to the affected area or apply lotion 20 minutes or so afterwards so the pores close up.

What tips do you have?


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  1. Diva Locks September 9, 2011 Reply

    Those are some good tips, I always seem to get little red bumps after I shave my legs even though I use a new moisturizing stripped razor and shave cream. :(divalocks10

    • Darcy September 9, 2011 Reply

      I personally find shave gel works better for me. I think it’s different for different people of course! I’ve also heard that using conditioner instead of gel or cream works well too, but I haven’t tested that out yet.Syrana

  2. Amy T. September 9, 2011 Reply

    I almost always seem to get razor burn! I do most of the things you suggested, but still! It was really bad when I was a teenager. For some reason if I put on lotion or sweat within a couple hours of shaving, it’s all over right then and there. The best thing I’ve ever done is to keep a bottle of sea water (water with sea salt, I’m guessing, is the same thing) in the bathroom. I’d pour that on my legs after shaving it would soothe the irritation and speed healing.ohsosavvymom

  3. jenn September 10, 2011 Reply

    thank you posting this article. I didnt know this about shaving at the end of shower and bath. i would normally shave before i showered but after reading this i now shave at the end of my shower and i have noticed a huge difference in my skin

  4. Closer to Lucy September 10, 2011 Reply

    Good info, hadn’t considered the shave last step. My issue isn’t burns it’s cuts :(

    I use a gel, seems to help.closertolucy

  5. Lolo September 11, 2011 Reply

    I always shave first. I am going to have to make sure to do it last now.MyBaybah

  6. Sara Myrick September 15, 2011 Reply

    I am a red head and have extremely sensitive skin so unfortunately I am very familiar with razor burn! I once read that if you ran out of shaving cream then to use your conditioner to shave. So I tried it and the results were so awesome that it is all that I use now and I never get razor burn or bikini bumps, plus my skin gets a little extra moisturizing!

  7. Mary Gallardo November 21, 2012 Reply

    Razor burn is the worst! I get it the most when I rush! Now, I will only shave if I have the time to put into it, and not just do a quick job that will likely be annoying and painful later. =) Also, I tend to get less razor burn when I use conditioner to shave, instead of shave gel.

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