If you’re new to shaving, you’re likely to experience something that makes every adult up and now the country shudder; razor burn. And even if you’re an experienced shaver, then you’re still likely to experience some form of razor burn every now and then. If you’ve shaved recently and you’ve experienced razor burn, then it can be incredibly uncomfortable. It’s a common question; how long does razor burn last if you’ve irritated your skin by shaving?
The good news is that the majority of times, razor burn will subside within a few hours. There are times where razor burn may persist for a day or two, but this is unlikely to occur for the majority of people.
It’s definitely one of the more annoying parts of shaving, but unfortunately the majority of us will deal with razor burn. Lets look at why we get razor burn, what we can do to prevent it in the future and what you should do now if you’re already experiencing it!
Why do I get razor burn?
The reality is that some peoples skin is just far more sensitive to razor burn than others. This can be down to a number of different factors – some of which you’ll have no control of. Here are some of the reasons that you may be experiencing razor burn.
- Genetics – Unfortunately, some people are just more exposed to experiencing razor burn than others. There isn’t much you can do about this.
- Oily skin – Partially down to genetics, but also down to an abundance of other things, oily skin can make you more prone to razor bumps. Oily skin is a result of excess sebum, and there are a ton of ways to help reduce the oil in your skin; a good moisturizer is usually the first step, as well as clearing up your diet.
- Old razorblades – There’s a reason God (or some other kind person) invented razorblades – so you can switch them easily. Using a razorblade too many times is just asking for razor burn. Fortunately this one has an easy fix – pick up some new razor blades and change them frequently.
- Keep your razor dry – The wetter your razor is, the more likely it is to pick up bacteria. This can undoubtedly contribute to your razor burn, so it pays to keep your razor dry.
- Wash first – There’s a reason experts recommend that you shave after you’ve had a shower. Throughout the day, your skin picks up dirt and oils which make it more difficult for your shave. Keep it clean to ensure that you have a fresh shave.
- Shaving against the grain – You can’t just pick up a razor and run it over your skin randomly. You need a plan to ensure that you’re not shaving against the grain (which means shaving against the way your skin naturally grows). This is especially true if you’re shaving your neck, which is one of the most sensitive areas for shaving.
If you follow these simple tips, you should be able to reduce the chance that you’re going to experience any sort of razor burn. You also might want to consider slowing down your shave, as if you’re in a hurry then this can also contribute to how gentle you’re being with your skin.
How do I get rid of Razor Burn?
Sometimes, razor burn is unfortunately an inevitability and you’ll have to deal with it. This is part and parcel of shaving, so it can pay to ensure that you can deal with irritation when it arises.
The best way to get rid of razor burn is to invest in a good quality aftershave balm. This acts as an astringent, which helps to reduce any irritation you’re experiencing in the skin. It’s also a really good idea to use an aftershave balm to help clear out any cuts that you may have experienced from your shave – most aftershave balms contain something like Witch Hazel, which is an antiseptic.
Things like aloe vera work awesome for dealing with razor burn, so it’s best to try and find an aftershave balm that contains these ingredients too.
If there’s one thing that I’d recommend to combat an itchy neck, it’s definitely this. Using coconut oil for your razor burn is one of the best ways that you can combat your irritation. Coconut oil is typically awesome for your skin, so it’s a good idea to find a moisturizer that contains it if you want to use coconut oil for your skin. It’s a good anti-inflammatory product, which does exactly what it says it will
I’d better say that coconut oil certainly isn’t for everyone. You’ll find that whilst it works excellently for some people, others hate it – it tends to be people with oily or dry skin that don’t find coconut oil works well for them.
Overall, if you’re experiencing razor burn then you shouldn’t be too worried – it should be gone within a few days. Though the bumps can be annoying, and there are a few things that you can do to try and get it to cool down a little faster.
Getting yourself a good aftershave balm is the first step you need to take to ensure you avoid razor burn if you’re experiencing it often. This can help whilst you identify the case – possibly a blunt razor or you’re shaving against the grain. If you can identify the cause, then eventually you can avoid razor burn and ensure your skin stays smooth and cool.