|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: Avoiding razor burns can be difficult when shaving, but with a few minor precautions before, during and after shaving the distress can be limited.
Step 1: Razor burns can be avoided by washing the affected area before shaving with warm water. This ensures that skin is infused with moisture, making it more pliable.
Step 2: Make certain that a good quality triple edge razor that is relatively new and a shaving cream with moisturizer is used to avoid razor burn.
Step 3: Immediately after shaving, apply either HydrocortisoneÂ cream orÂ a commercial acne preparationÂ to the shaved area. These reduce blood flow to the area and reduce swelling from razor burn.
Step 4: Between occasions on which you shave, use a natural skin moisturizer such as aloe vera to keep skin pliable.
Step 5: If razor burns are still present after following the aforementioned steps, consider stopping shaving for a week or so, or switch to an electric shaver and shave less frequently.
Tips: Never shave with ordinary soap, as it dries the skin and can aid in the presence of razor burns.
Warnings: If excessive swelling or the seepage of pus exists, get medical attention quickly as it is likely the area is infected.