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What is Razor Burn and How to Prevent It

What is Razor Burn and How to Prevent It

What is Razor Burn?

Most people have experienced razor burn somewhere on the body. Razor burn can happen after shaving your legs, bikini line, face, underarms, or anywhere else you may be removing hair. Razor burn can happen to anyone and can last a few hours, or even a few days. People with sensitive skin, as well as people not following a skincare, everywhere routine are more susceptible to razor burn.

Razor Burn On The Bikini Line

Signs You Are Experiencing Razor Burn

Stinging sensation on the skin, little red bumps appearing on the skin, or seeing a red rash in certain areas of the skin like your bikini line, legs, armpits, and anywhere else you may be shaving your body hair.

Razor Burn Causes

Razor burn is caused by the interaction between a blade, your skin, and body hair. Not exfoliating before shaving, not using a shaving cream, or using other products such as a soothing oil will cause the skin to become inflamed, itchy, and lose hydration. It's very important to properly prepare your skin, and use a clean razor.

How To Prevent Razor Burn

Stick to a routine. Try exfoliating your skin using a natural sugar scrub 2-3 times a week, and especially before you plan to shave. Ensure you are lathering up with shaving cream, and after you are done shaving, try applying a soothing oil that will help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs.

Another key factor in preventing razor burn is to change your blade often. After using your blade anywhere between 3-5 times you should replace it. Always remember after each shave to clean your blade. When you are shaving, try not to go over the skin more than once with your blade. For more shaving tips, read our Shaving 101 blog post here.

How To Completely Stop Razor Burn

Ditch the razor and try using an electric trimmer for close grooming. If you are looking to achieve the no body hair look, consider waxing or sugaring.