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Razor Burn on Upper Lip

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Sometimes, you just feel like saying ‘goodbye’ to your moustache and wish to completely remove all of the hair from your upper lip. If you’re not careful when completing this task, you run the risk of suffering a common skin irritation called razor burn. To avoid the stinging sensation and itchiness that can attack the skin after a fresh shave, it is recommended to become familiar with the typical causes of this widespread condition.


Razor burn on the upper lip is common because so many men (and women) wish to remove unwanted hair from this part of the body. However, the skin is rather sensitive in this area and can easily form a red rash that can last from a couple of hours to a few days. Oftentimes, the skin becomes raised with the possibility of itchy welts. Nicks, cuts, and scrapes that produce blood are also signs of razor burn. In the worst cases, a small collection of pus found at the top layer of skin (called pustules) may form.


To avoid a nasty case of upper lip razor burn, consider the following causes for the next time you wish to shave off your moustache or tidy up above the lip:

a) Too Many Shaving Strokes:

When removing hair from the upper lip, it is recommended to avoid an excessive number of shaving strokes, which can cause undue irritation, friction and pressure to the skin.

b) Early Exercising:

Razor burn can develop on the upper lip when an individual chooses to shave before a round of morning exercise. The sweat that forms on the face can cause excess irritation to freshly shaven skin.

c) Early Morning Hair Removal:

If your early morning routine includes shaving the upper lip, keep in mind that your chances of suffering razor burn increase with this practice. Throughout the night, bodily fluids gather and cause the skin to puff out. It takes about 20 minutes for the fluids to fully disperse and your skin to become naturally taut.

d) Alcohol Products:

The drying out of the skin and irritation that comes when using products that contain alcohol can lead to or worsen razor burn.

e) Stretched, Taut Skin:

When shaving the upper lip, stretching the skin taut will only increase your chances of suffering the irritation that comes with razor burn.

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