Extinguish razor burn

HELP EXTINGUISH RAZOR BURN

Most guys have resigned themselves to the fact that bumps, irritation and redness are simply the price you pay for regular shaving. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Razor burn, ingrown hairs and nicks are often the sign of poor tools coupled with poorer technique. Find out how to treat the most common shaving-related problems.

  1. RAZOR BURN
  2. NICKS AND CUTS
  3. INGROWN HAIRS

RAZOR BURN

What:
Looks like a rash and, like the name suggests, burns.

Causes:
Not enough lubrication, a blunt blade dragged across the skin with too much pressure or, in some cases, bacteria from an old razor.

Solutions:
A sharp, new blade and enough lubrication from a dense shaving cream or gel. Moisturizing with an alcohol-free after shave balm will also calm shaving irritation.

NICKS AND CUTS

What:
Visible incisions or tiny micro-cuts that can slice through several layers of skin and sometimes bleed.

Causes:
Shaving against the grain, going over the same area without reapplying a shaving barrier, using too much pressure or a blunt blade.

Solutions:
Always start by applying shaving gel, foam or cream. Shave with the grain (i.e., following the direction of hair growth), but keep in mind that hair changes direction in different areas. Use gentle strokes with a fresh blade. Prepping your face with a cleanser or an exfoliator before shaving will also help.

INGROWN HAIRS

What:
Inflamed red spots that look a lot like pimples because they sometimes have a “head”.

Cause:
The freshly cut hair curls back underneath the skin instead of growing straight out.

Solutions:
Regular exfoliation will help release trapped hairs over time. If you can actually see the hair loop above the skin’s surface (and you’ve got a steady hand), you can use the slanted edge of a pair of tweezers to flick the hair back out. Don’t pluck. It’ll only make things worse.