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Razor Burn on Male Face

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After a fresh shave, the face becomes vulnerable to a collection of skin irritations that can cause unwanted inflammation and many days of dodging one-on-one conversations. Razor burn is a common condition that occurs when one or more of your shaving approaches do not produce the results you desire. To assess your risk of suffering razor burn after hair removal, consider the kind of equipment used, as well as your shaving habits, preparation and post-care.


The hair on the face consists of various levels of thickness, curliness, and growth patterns – which increase the chances of irritation that may continuously develop after shaving. Razor burn on the face can appear raw and swollen – depending on how hard one has shaved a particular region. It is also not uncommon to find raised welts, nicks, cuts, and pustules (small pockets of pus) accompanying this rash of redness.


There are many different obstacles that a shaver must endure when removing hair from the face. Some of the main causes of facial razor burn include:

a) Long Strokes:

It is suggested to use short shaving strokes when removing hair from the face, as long strokes tend to press harder into the skin and cause more friction, which can lead to razor burn.

b) Commercial After-Shave Lotions:

Applying some after-shave lotions found on the market can cause irritation to the skin because of the ingredients it contains, such as the drying effects of alcohol.

c) Morning Shaves:

The bodily fluids that have caused the skin to puff out during the night can compromise a close shave that occurs first thing in the morning. It takes at least 20 minutes for the face to reach its normal appearance – when the fluids have fully dispersed.

d) Eczema:

The inflammation that comes with eczema is known to place shavers at a greater risk for suffering razor burn after removing hair from the face.

e) Shaving Routine:

The shaving routine you embrace often determines the outcome of your hair removal experience. If you start by shaving the easier parts of the face first – like the cheeks and jaw line – you may enjoy less irritating results.

f) Pulling the Skin:

Pulling or stretching the skin when shaving will produce the kind of irritation that leads to razor burn because razor blades and shavers graze often too close to the surface.

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One Response to “Razor Burn on Male Face”

  1. Scott van Gaalen
    December 20, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    Wrapping your face with a steamed towel (careful, not too hot!) can soften facial hair and help prepare the skin for shaving. Repeating after a shave again helps soften the newly-cut hairs as they begin their new growth. Regardless of the scientific outcome, it feels great!

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