Feeling the burn in the gym? Awesome. Feeling the burn from your razor? Less awesome. Razor burn is something we all face from time-to-time, but with the right steps, it can be managed. Discover the causes, prevention tips, and treatments below.
WHAT IS RAZOR BURN?
Razor burn, or razor rash, is a skin irritation that can be caused by dry shaving, shaving that’s a little too aggressive, or shaving with dull blades. Typically, it arrives a few minutes after shaving, and can be in the form of a rash if bad enough. Razor burn and razor rash are not the same as clinical razor bumps a condition caused by in-grown hairs.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF RAZOR BURN?
Always use a shave cream. Shave creams are packed with skin-protecting lubricants that help your razor glide across your face and can help hold in hydration as you shave. When the hair is hydrated, it swells and softens, allowing your razor to glide through the hair more easily. This can result in less tug and pull, less scraping on your skin, and less irritation. Our Gillette Fusion5 Hydra Shave Foam is infused with Aloe and Vitamin E for an incredibly comfortable shave.
Pressing Too Hard
Getting overly aggressive with your razor is the fast track to razor burn. Tread lightly over a layer of shave cream or gel to keep your face centerfold-worthy. Let the razor do the work.
HOW TO STOP RAZOR BURN:
Swap Your Blades
Don’t get burned by bad blades. When you begin to feel discomfort, swap out your dull blades for less tug and pull during your shave. Want blades delivered on your schedule? Check out Gillette® Shave Club.
Don’t Get Burned by Re-Strokes
Men average about 170 strokes while shaving, and almost 120 of these are re-strokes. Once you scrape off the shave cream, be mindful of repeating strokes, as this decreases lubrication, which can lead to shaving irritation. Luckily, the Fusion5™ ProShield™ razor provides shielding from irritation, with lubrication before and after the blades.
The skin on your face is sensitive and during a shave, men take between 30-700 strokes. So thread lightly if you want to avoid razor burn. Shave with the grain and a light amount of pressure to help avoid razor burn, irritation, and cuts.
Taking the time to exfoliate before shaving can greatly reduce irritation after shaving. Exfoliating can help buff away oil, dirt and old skin cells that might be matting down facial hair and blocking your razor’s path. This can cause irritation when you shave and result in razor burn. Exfoliation can help release trapped hairs – known as razor bumps - and allow your razor to make proper contact with your facial hair.
HOW TO GET RID OF RAZOR BURN:
Apply a Cool, Damp Cloth
If you notice redness or skin irritation immediately after shaving and need immediate relief, try wetting a clean washcloth with cool water and applying it to the affected area. This may help reduce the redness and discomfort caused by razor rash.
Hydrate to Protect
Finish up your shaving routine with a moisturising after shave gel or lotion that refreshes your skin and replenishes moisture to leave your skin feeling more comfortable. We suggest these.
Give it Time
Razor burn should go away naturally with time, but until it does it’s best to avoid shaving the affected area. Give your razor burn time to heal before your next shave and avoid shaving skin if you notice any redness or inflammation.