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Razor Burn on Whites

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Whether its removing an unruly beard, shaping the bikini line, or preparing the legs for the short skirt you’ve recently purchased – shaving is a common method of hair removal. However, it is important to treat this process with caution, as you also face the threat of visible irritation, stinging sensations, and other unwanted reactions. Razor burn can strike any part of the body that you shave, which is why becoming familiar with the most typical causes of the condition is highly suggested.


Accompanying the itchiness and stinging sensation of razor burn, a rash that ranges from pink to red to purple may decorate the skin. Affected areas may show raised patches, welts, and swollenness. If you applied too much pressure to the skin when removing hair, then nicks, cuts, and scrapes may cause the skin to bleed. This is a common sight that often appears on the legs, throat, chin, and face. In the worst cases of razor burn, pockets of pus (called pustules) may form on the surface of the skin. This is a sign of infection.


If you are interested in reducing your chances of suffering razor burn, it is suggested to gain a better understanding of what causes the condition in the first place. A few factors include:

a) Shaving First Thing in the Morning:

Since razor burn can arise when too much pressure is applied to the skin, keep in mind that shaving first thing in the morning may not be the best approach. During the night, body fluids often puff out the skin – causing hairs to hide and forcing some shavers to press harder in order to reach them. Allow at least 20 minutes before removing hair to allow the skin to return to its usual taut appearance.

b) Your Shaving Equipment:

The type of hair removal equipment you select should be sharp, clean, and unused by another. This will reduce your chances of suffering the irritation and redness associated with razor burn. Keep in mind that electric razors provide the ability to reach the closest shave while a badger brush can lift hairs for a cleaner shave.

c) Post-Care:

Do not ignore the power of effective after-care for the prevention of razor burn. For example, applying an over-the-counter product that contains soothing agents is a great way to combat this condition. Look for items that offer the soothing and healing properties of tea tree oil or aloe vera.

d) Level of Shaving Pressure:

Lessen the amount of pressure you apply when shaving the body or face and you can reduce your chances of suffering razor burn.

e) Using Dull Razor Blades:

When relying on a dull razor to remove hair from the body or face, you increase your chances of suffering razor burn that comes when unnecessary friction occurs on the skin.

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One Response to “Razor Burn on Whites”

  1. Cora
    September 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    When i shave and i want to be really soft, i shave with baby oil that is enriched with aloe or vitamin e oil to help improve my skin.

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