Razor burn—we have all been there.
Perhaps you tried to dry shave to save time, your facial hair type makes you more prone to razor bumps or maybe you went too long using the same razor blade.
The bottom line is you have razor burn, and now you have to get rid of that annoying and embarrassing redness, burning, and itching.
The good news is that you can not only treat razor burn, but you can also avoid it.
Here are the five best ways to treat razor burn at home.
1. Cold Compresses
Not only is the red rash unsightly, but it is likely also itchy and has a burning sensation. That inevitable red rash that forms after shaving is simply inflammation. You can calm that itching, burning, and redness by applying a cold compress.
To do this, simply soak a face cloth in cool water and apply it to the inflamed or irritated area for several minutes. The best time to do this is at the end of the day while you are relaxing and winding down.
What’s great about cold compresses is you don’t have to limit yourself to cool water. You can try to use witch hazel to help knock down the inflammation even faster.
2. Soothing Oils
Avocado oil and aloe oil are great and effective options for calming and reducing inflammation and attacking problems with ingrown hairs. These natural oils produce a cooling sensation that can help soothe pain and discomfort. Apply a few drops of the oil topically to your face right after you shave for the best results.
Coconut oil is another option. Not only is coconut oil soothing, but it is also an antibacterial, which can help prevent razor burn from turning into an acne outbreak after a few days.
Razor burn is essentially many micro cuts on the surface of the skin caused by improper shaving technique. Those micro cuts are susceptible when your skin is healing from new razor burn. Emollients help relieve dryness, which can make the healing process easier.
An emollient softens and soothes the skin, and usually comes in the form of a moisturizer, cream, lotion, or balm. Some aftershaves even contain emollients!
4. Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal helps your skin maintain its moisture reserves so it can heal from razor burn easily. If you’re experiencing roughness while your razor burn heals, colloidal oatmeal will help smooth and soothe the skin so it looks and feels better.
The only problem is that colloidal oatmeal commonly comes in a powdered form, which can be added to a bath. It isn’t exactly the easiest product to apply or soak your face. However, there are colloidal oatmeal products that are available as topical creams or masks for easier and more convenient application.
If all other products or remedies fail, you can try using hydrocortisone. Because hydrocortisone is essentially a steroid medication, this should be a last resort option. However, it is an effective topical cream that helps speed the healing process by reducing inflammation.
To see the best results from using hydrocortisone, get into the habit of using it every time you wash your face or shower. Always apply it to completely clean, but dry skin.
Treat Razor Burn Before it Gets Out of Control
Razor burn is incredibly common for men who shave. In fact, many men have given up trying to fight it, accepting that it is just a part of shaving. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Treating razor burn is possible and effective, especially if you treat it immediately. By trying the above products and remedies, you can easily treat razor burn and razor bumps before they get out of control.
As we mentioned briefly above, one of the primary causes of razor burn is improper shaving techniques. By adjusting your shaving technique, such as working up a full lather with your favorite soap or cream prior to shaving, using a quality razor, and avoiding the dry shave, you can easily prevent razor burn before it starts, or gets out of control.