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Razor Burn on Blacks

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Hair removal for African Americans can produce unsettling results due to the kind of skin they possess. For example, shaving the neck has always been a danger zone for black males, as the threat of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and razor burn seems much higher. However, learning the causes and shaving techniques that can avoid common skin irritations can certainly lessen the risk of suffering future razor burn – a rash known to form directly after hair removal.


Since African Americans tend to possess coarse and curly hair, the chances of suffering irritation to the skin after a fresh shave is slightly higher than other skin and hair types [1]. Razor burn usually brings raised skin, welts, and a raw look that ranges from red, deep red, to purple in color. If shaving pressure has played a role in your skin irritation, it is not uncommon to treat nicks, cuts, and scrapes. When infection settles in, pockets of pus (called pustules) may form on the surface of the skin. Itchiness and a burning sensation are other symptoms of razor burn.


When you gain a better understanding of what causes razor burn in the first place, you can take advantage of avoiding the typical causes behind this common condition. A few to take note of include:

a) Early Morning Shaves:

Shaving first thing in the morning can lead to razor burn because it takes at least 20 minutes for puffy skin to reach its normal appearance after the nightly accumulation of body fluids have dispersed.

b) Choice of Shaving Equipment:

The kind of shaving equipment chosen to remove hair will determine whether or not razor burn will attack the skin. For instance, when using clippers to shave the back of the neck, it is suggested to use guards for added protection.

c) Ignoring Post-Care:

If you ignore the power of applying a soothing product that prevents razor burn, you run the risk of suffering this common condition. Tea tree oil and aloe vera are suggested ingredients to be on the lookout for when shopping for suitable items.

d) Applying Too Much Pressure:

When shaving the body or face, avoid applying excessive pressure to the skin. The added friction will increase your chances of suffering razor burn.

e) Using Blunt Blades:

When a shaver uses a blunt blade to remove unwanted hair, they run the risk of suffering razor burn that comes when undue friction and irritation is caused. It is a natural instinct for many individuals to apply extra pressure to remove hair when a blade is not at its sharpest.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaving#Razor_burn

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