Those embarrassing bumps, surrounded by a red rash of irritated skin is not only something you don't won't anyone to see, but razor rash stings, burns, and itches, especially underarms and bikini areas. On top of that, we tend to rub or scratch the affected area making it even worse and in some cases it can become infected. When that happens, you not only have the ugly bumps and redness, you have swelling. However, in most cases, razor rash can be prevented.
If you use a disposable razor, trying to get more shaves from it than it was designed for will surely give you a razor rash. Most disposable razors are designed to be used for 3 to 5 shaves then thrown away.
There are some very good disposable razors on the market today, but as with most products, you usually get what you pay for. Cheap disposable razors are not very efficient and can easily cause razor rash. Therefore, a good razor is a good investment, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Cleaning the razor after each use will help ensure a smoother, cleaner shave the next time you use it. Rinse it thoroughly under hot running water then pour a little rubbing alcohol over it. This will help prevent rust and hard-water buildup which can damage your skin and cause razor rash.
Thoroughly soaking the area to be shaved will go a long way in helping to prevent razor rash. With the fast-paced society of today, it seems we're always in a hurry, which is why we tend to shave quickly without a proper amount of soaking.
The most effective method is to wet the area thoroughly, apply a mild soap then rinse and heavily lather again. If you have sensitive skin, use a shaving lotion that is specially developed for sensitive skin. For the bikini area and under arms, cover the area with a warm, wet washcloth for a few seconds for smoother, less abrasive shaving.
Always shave down. Shaving against the way the hair is growing will not only contribute to razor rash, it also increases coarseness in regrowth. Men who shave their face downward yet shave their neck with an upward stroke will notice how much rougher the hair is on the neck than the face.
Pressing too hard on the razor is one of the most common causes of razor burn, which scrapes the skin. If you are shaving with a good quality razor, you shouldn't have to put any pressure on the razor. Let the blades do their job then rinse the area with cool water to close sensitive pores.
The most effective way to treat razor rash is a mild cortisone cream. Clean the affected area gently with hydrogen peroxide using a soft cotton ball, pat dry and apply cortisone cream directly to the area. Repeat if necessary until it heals.
Applying lotion directly after shaving may not be a good idea unless it is specifically made for that purpose. Razor rash can take several minutes to appear. If you have irritated your skin by shaving, some lotions shouldn't be applied to broken skin. Waiting at least ten minutes before applying lotion is highly recommended. If razor rash appear, forgo the lotion and apply cortisone cream instead.