How To Prevent Razor Burn: 7 Tips That Actually Work

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How to prevent razor burn

Prevent the pain!

Laser hair removal and waxing exists, but even with many options, most of us still are shaving. And why not? Shaving with a razor is quick, easy, and very cost effective. And it works! Of course, it has its potential disadvantages, like ingrown hairs, irritation, and razor burn.

Knowing how to prevent razor burn means not to using waterless razors. According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified NYC dermatologist and author of the book Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist“Even if they have some sort of ingredient that is released while shaving, you will usually get some discomfort after you have shaved.”

To help you combat this painful after-shaving occurance, there are a few ways you can have smooth, hairless, and razor burn-free skin. And it all starts with using certain products and changing your routine.

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1. Exfoliate.

You’ll want to invest in a good exfoliant scrub. Skinfix Renewing Scrub is a pre-shower body treatment that provides both chemical and physical exfoliation, performing like a peel and polish in one. Use this whipped scrub before you turn on the shower to help retexturize and smooth the look of your skin. 

(Ulta, $30)

2. Use a razor with multiple blades.

“This helps with the amount of times you’ll have to pass the razor on your skin, reducing chances of irritation,” advises Dr. Jaliman. Gillette Venus Swirl Women's Razor has FlexiBall technology that has been designed to contour to tricky areas, like knees and ankles, and has 5 contour razor blades individually adjusting to every curve.

(Amazon, $9.97)

3. Shave while bathing.

Along with making sure your hair is well hydrated before beginning, shave while you're in the shower or taking a bath. “I recommend shaving against the growth of your strands and using warm water. It opens the pores making it easier to shave,” Dr. Jaliman says.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Shower, Bath and Shave Gel is a multitasking, all-in-one gel for comfortably clean, smooth, hydrated skin.

(Sephora, $28)

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4. Prep the area beforehand.

This helps to bring the hair completely out of the follicle. And SweetSpot Labs Buff & Brighten Pads smooth ingrown hairs, Brazilian-born bumps, and razor irritation, while brightening the shadows and darkness associated with repeated shaving on your underarms, bikini area or legs.

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5. Practice post-shaving care.

An important part of avoiding irritation is to keep the area soothed after shaving. Nelly De Vuyst BioFemme Soothing Mask is an ideal mask for the bikini area and skin predisposed to ingrown hairs. Its organic soothing and antibacterial ingredients prevent irritations and rashes to ensure the greatest comfort after hair removal.

(Luxury Organik, $48)

6. Use a cold compress.

If you do end up with razor burn, a cool compress can help to soothe the irritated skin. Gel Ice Cold Compresses are great because the packs are soft to the touch but durable enough to be used dozens of times.

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7. Try aloe vera.

Aloe vera is another great way to soothe your skin. Studies show that certain enzymes in the aloe vera plant reduce inflammation when applied to the skin. Seven Organics aloe vera gel is harvested from real, freshly cut aloe leaves, not powder, making it one of the purest and strongest on the market.

(Amazon, $18.95)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her at alywalansky@gmail.com.