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.
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.
Dr. Joseph J. Castellano is a native Floridian who grew up in the Tampa Bay area. During medical school and his 5 years of training in General Surgery, Dr. Castellano developed a strong interest in Cosmetic Surgery. He followed his residency training with an elective year of specialized training with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. From 2010-2011, he completed a fellowship in Indiana focused entirely of cosmetic surgery of the face and body. During his fellowship, he received specialized training in facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and body contouring. Dr. Castellano received his board certification from the American College of Surgeons in 2010.
Dr. Castellano focuses on breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, facelift, and eyelid rejuvenation. Additionally, he operates on numerous skin cancers, scar revisions, spider veins, and specializes in the management of aging skin with chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
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