What Causes Razor Burn and How Can You Prevent It?

Razor Burn

Razor burn is one of those things that all people deal with at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t make it any less irritating. It can feel like an impossible feat to shave sensitive areas of the body, like the bikini line and underarms, without getting razor burn. Because so many factors can play a part in its development, razor burn can be difficult to combat… but taking a closer look at these common culprits can be a great first step.

Culprit: Your Razor

Your razor itself could be behind much of your razor burn, especially if it’s lost its sharp edge from overuse. You’ll want to be sure to change your blade whenever you notice your razor getting dull or dirty, which can be after anywhere from 3 to 10 shaves.

Culprit: Your Shaving Habits

So many factors, like the frequency you shave your skin and the amount of pressure you use when you shave, can contribute to the intensity of your razor burn. Try to limit the frequency that you shave sensitive areas, and try to apply as little pressure as possible when you do shave.

Culprit: Your Products

Surprisingly, aftershave products can often be contributors to your razor burn. While skincare moisturizers, especially those containing aloe, can be very helpful in soothing your skin, you’ll want to stay away from any aftershave product with harsh ingredients that can irritate your skin, like antiseptics.

Long-Term Prevention

While these short-term tips can help with everyday razor burn, you might also want to consider long-term ways to avoid the problem entirely, like opting for laser hair removal. With the help of some well-targeted laser energy, concern over razor burn could quickly become a thing of the past.

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