Red Bumps After Shaving?
Razor burn is a very common problem for men in the shower. It can be caused by a cut or scrape in the skin which can cause irritation to the pores of your skin. This redness is caused by an allergic reaction with the epidermis. Many times this rash goes away after a few days without treatment. But, if you decide to shave anyway, consider the following expert advice from dermatologists.
If you have ever suffered from razor burn, you know how annoying it can be. You wake up in the morning, find red, itchy skin on your face and neck and start shaving… only to have it come back two hours later. This is because the skin is irritated and is creating bacteria that will irritate your already sensitive skin even more. These red rashes are caused by ingrown hairs and razor burn usually occurs when you shave and then lather up again.
So, how does one get rid of razor burn? If you use soap and warm water on your face before shaving, this will soothe the irritated skin and help to reduce the redness caused by razor burn. Many people choose to apply a medicated cream after shaving to sooth their skin and reduce irritation. For example, Medifast has a great cream called PrePants that helps reduce razor burn caused by shaving. The manufacturer recommends that you should apply the cream no more than once or twice and should be applied carefully to prevent any accidental spillage.
While there are some great shavers like the Panasonic wet shavers that will work well for occasional shaving (and you may want to try one of these if you’re new to shaving), it is generally better to use a cream or lotion after shaving to help prevent ingrown hairs. This is because ingrown hairs can easily lead to skin irritation and even infection if not properly treated. If you notice an ingrown hair right away, you can often stop the hair from burning by applying pressure to it with your finger and pressing downwards until you feel the pain begins to subside.
Many people do not realize that using moisturizers after shaving can actually cause you to have more razor burn. In fact, many shavers make it a habit of leaving the skin’s natural moisturizing barrier wet for long periods of time before shaving. This can create an open environment for bacteria to grow and can result in the irritation and burning that you are trying so hard to avoid. In fact, shaving dry can actually increase your chances of razor burn as well. If you find that the skin’s barrier is dry or is very loose, you may want to consider applying a cream or lotion to close up the pores and provide additional moisture to the area.
Using an exfoliating scrub after shaving may also help to minimize irritation and keep razor blades cleaner. The best products will contain small crystals that will help to pull out the ingrown hairs while simultaneously removing the old hair that is still residing on your skin. A large exfoliating scrub should be used two to three times each month to keep your skin free from irritation and consistent with proper facial hair removal. Neutrogena makes an excellent exfoliator that is designed specifically for men.
The next time you are ready to give your face a thorough shaving cream or lotion treatment, make sure that you follow the direction on the label carefully. For example, some shampoos are designed to work best on men who shave with a very narrow blade. Other products may be better for women who shave with a larger blade.
There are some red bumps that are relatively common after shaving, but using the best razors for your particular problem areas can alleviate your symptoms. Many people notice that the area around their eyes starts to burn during or after shaving. This is commonly called razor burn and is caused by the heat from the razor making contact with the delicate skin underneath of the eyelid. If this occurs on a regular basis, it may be time to consider a new, closer shave. Most quality razors have special head covers that protect the blades so that they don’t irritate the area where they will be used.