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Fix my...Razor Burn

We don't mean to be beastly; we really don't. However, the truth of the matter is that razor burn usually means your shaving technique leaves something to be desired. Fortunately, we're here to put you right.

The first step is being clear about what we're dealing with. What is called “razor burn” is an irritation of the skin which looks like a mild rash. Sometimes, there are also “razor bumps”. Razor bumps are caused by slight infections at the based of shaved hair. Bacteria enters these areas while you're shaving and causes raised, red welts or infected pustules.

The second step is knowing how to reduce the chances that razor burn or bumps will occur.

Keep it sharp

First and foremost is a sharp blade. Dull blades don't do anyone any good, much less your bristles and as you can see, quality razor blades don't cost an arm and a leg. So there's nothing stopping you changing blades as often as needed.

Keep it clean

Reducing the amount of bacteria hovering around and waiting for an opportunity to infect your skin, will go a long way to preventing razor burn. It is recommended to wash your face with a product containing salicylic acid before shaving. This also removes oils and dead skin.

Keep it lathered

It appears that using a shaving brush and a shaving cream or shaving soap help the situation. No one is quite sure why but we've got an idea. We know that dry shaving is a big no-no. We think the brush action deposits lather at problematic areas (such as the base of the hairs) that can get passed over.

Keep it lubricated

In many of life's activities, lubrication is key. One that comes to mind is... the car. Failure to keep car oil at the right levels can lead to damage. Same for your face. Shaving experts suggest lubing up your face with a pre-shave product such as Truefitt and Hill Authentic No. 10 Pre Shave Skin Protector.

Keep it easy

Many men like a close shave. Many men also get carried away. Re-shaving areas to eliminate every trace of a bristle is the number one cause of razor burn. In general, faces need to be treated with care. Do your best to shave in the same direction in which your hair is growing, apply reasonable pressure (enough but not too much), and take your time so the shaving action is gentle and slow.

Keep it calm

After shaving, your facial skin is extremely tender. Especially now, anything rough will irritate it more than usual. If your face itches, sit on your hands. Newly shaven faces don't like scratching. If you want to apply an after shave, choose one that has your face's best interest at heart. Many of the products on offer, such as colognes and perfumes, actually do more harm than good.

Toning up your shaving routine and technique may not totally eliminate razor burn or razor bumps but their visiting frequency will go way lower. No porkies!

Can we persuade you to use your loaf[1] and let us in on your top razor burn tip?


Loaf of bread=head

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