Those of us who have had the joy of going through puberty have also more than likely had to shave at one time or another. For those with sensitive skin, shaving can be quite irritating (literally and figuratively) and bothersome. For some, shaving can be quite a painful experience day in and day out due to skin irritation (commonly referred to as razor burn or razor bumps). There are several measures that can be taken to help get rid of these irritations and there are also some key strategies that people should use to help avoid getting razor bumps from the start.
First and foremost you should always keep a new and sharp blade in your razor. Shaving hair on any part of the body with a dull blade will cause skin inflammation and a whole lot of unnecessary discomfort.
Often times we are forced to shave in a hurry, which causes us to apply too much pressure. Try to be as gentle as possible and allow yourself time for a complete, clean shave. Whenever possible always try to shave with the grain of the hair. When you rinse your blade, use cold water.
When you are finished shaving it is all right to apply aftershave, but sometimes alcohol-based lotions can cause too much dryness for some people. See how your skin reacts and base your judgments from there. Also, be sure to dry your face well after the whole process.
It is also very important to note that for some people, the use of electric razors rather than blades may dramatically reduce skin irritation and in some instances eliminate it altogether.
Ok so now you know how to help prevent razors bumps, but what can you do about it if you are experiencing irritation and bumps regardless?
After you are finished shaving try applying a warm towel to your face (or other irritated area) for several minutes. Then follow that up with applying a cold towel. You can repeat this process a few times if you like. This will help soothe your skin and close your pores. Applying some cold aloe gel, or even some hydrocortisone cream can help the burning sensation that often accompanies razor bumps.
If nothing else seems to get rid of the razor bump irritations, and you feel like you are running out of options, there is a permanent hair removal treatment known as Epi-light. This treatment can be performed to thin out and soften your facial hair. However, the procedure can be quite costly so be sure to do some research on your options beforehand.
If you take just a little bit of extra care with your skin before, during, and after shaving your skin will surely thank you in the years to come. It also important to remember that everyone’s skin is different and what works for some may not work for others. Keeping this in mind, practice these different shaving tips and continue to use the ones that work best for you.If you take just