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Razor Burn on Hispanics

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When it comes to skin sensitivities, many Hispanics battle a susceptibility to skin irritations and conditions, such as acne. This is why shaving hair poses such an issue with the threat of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and razor burn looming overhead. In order to stay one step ahead of razor burn (the rash that may appear after a round of shaving gone wrong), becoming familiar with the common causes is highly recommended.

Appearance

When skin becomes a victim of razor burn during and after a shave, it can turn red or display various shades of pink, red, or purple – depending on the skin color of the shaver. The skin may take on a raised appearance with or without individual welts. Sometimes, razor bumps accompany this reaction or pustules emerge, which are small pockets of pus that develop on the surface of the skin – quite similar to an acne breakout. Other characteristics of this condition include uncomfortable itchiness and a stinging sensation.

Causes

When you become familiar with the typical causes of razor burn, you can use this valuable information to modify your shaving practices, routine, methods, and preparation. A few causes to ponder include:

a) Early Morning Shaving:

If you have an early morning routine of shaving as soon as you get out of bed, make sure to avoid razor burn by waiting at least 20 minutes before hair removal. This is because bodily fluids accumulate about the skin throughout the night, causing the skin to puff out and hide hairs. After you first wake up, the fluids slowly disperse and create a much better environment for shaving.

b) Shaving Equipment Selection:

The type of shaving equipment chosen to remove hair from all the different parts of the body should reflect the least irritating characteristics. Sometimes, an individual can enjoy the best results by trying out different methods. For example, an electric shaver allows many to adjust the setting for the closest or gentlest shave.

c) Lack of After-Care:

Failing to apply a soothing agent (like aloe vera gel or tea tree oil cream) to freshly shaven skin can cause razor burn to develop. Make sure you avoid applying products that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin.

d) Scrubbing the Skin:

If you already show slight signs of razor burn, scrubbing the skin after a fresh shave will only increase the irritation and your risk of infection.

e) Shaving Pressure:

The level of pressure you apply to the skin when shaving can contribute to the development of razor burn. If you use a sharp razor each time you remove hair from the body or face, then there is no need to push down hard when shaving.

f) Dull Razor Blades:

Dull razors used for removing hair from the body or face can cause razor burn to develop.


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