What is razor burn?
Razor burn occurs when skin is displaced and the hair follicle is twisted and pulled by the scraping action of the razor blade.
What are the symptoms of razor burn?
- Bumps (ingrown hairs)
How to treat razor burn
The best way to deal with razor burn is to prevent it in the first place. Several simple methods may prevent or reduce razor burn. Aim to:
- Clean the skin before shaving (perhaps using an exfoliant scrub)
- Wet the hair and skin before shaving
- Replace your razor blade regularly
- Shave in the direction hair grows
- Gently pat the skin dry after shaving
- Apply a skin moisturizer after shaving (preferably containing emollients or glycerin)
Dermatologists suggest replacing a razor blade after five to seven uses.