Razor burns can be very uncomfortable. They itch, burn and you probably want to cool it off with ice cubes. The good news is; numerous home remedies for razor burn are available and most of these home remedies are cheap and usually available in every household. Some effective home remedies for razor burn include chamomile, honey and cottage cheese, among others.
We’re all familiar with the phenomenon: painful, itchy redness and pimples appear after shaving. The affected skin sometimes feels irritated for days on end. But how does razor burn occur, and what can be done about it?
Well, natural home remedies are much better at caring for and preventing shaving burns.
What Causes Razor Burn?
Razor burn is mostly caused by shaving the wrong way and occurs when the hair is cut off near the hair root. Most people today use modern multi-blade shavers, that gently lift the hair from the first blade before it is completely cut. As a result, the rest of the hair often slides back under the skin surface after the cut. If this remaining hair lies crooked, it continues to grow under the skin when the skin pore closes again. The result is an often painful inflammation of the hair follicle.
Razor burn also occurs when you change your shaving technique. If, for example, you first shave from bottom to top and then suddenly from top to bottom, the hair follicle can irritate the skin. Razor burns can occur during both dry and wet shaving, but also during epilation or plucking with tweezers. What’s more, your annoying razor burn can also be promoted if the skin is not treated at all or is treated with the wrong care products after a wet shave.
Natural Home Remedies For Razor Burn
Here are a few home remedies for razor burn that are effective, inexpensive and usually present in every household.
Chamomile generally has a very calming effect. This versatile household remedy can also effectively soothe the skin. The active ingredients contained in chamomile – bisabolol, apigenin and matricin – prevent pimples and redness as they have a soothing effect on shaved skin. Application: Ice cold chamomile tea bags can be placed on irritated skin and should be removed after about five minutes. If necessary, the treatment can be repeated without risk.
Also honey is a versatile and well-known household remedy, which is generally said to have a healing effect. When honey is applied thinly to irritated skin, the active ingredients contained in honey have a calming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. The honey can be rinsed off after a contact time of about fifteen minutes. Do not use rough materials, such as terry cloth washcloths, to prevent the skin from being irritated again.
3. Baby powder
Baby powder is the classic household remedy for razor burn. The powder contains the active ingredient zinc cozide, which has an anti-inflammatory effect and is therefore effective not only against sore baby bottoms but also against shaving burns. The baby powder heals wounds quickly and is particularly effective against shaving burns in the genital area. In this case, make sure to use baby powder without talcum. You should also be aware that baby powder has a fast drying effect. If you tend to have dry skin, it is better to use a different home remedy.
4. Quark mask
Quark masks are also used to combat persistent pimples and are effective against shaving burn. They supply the skin with moisture, soothe itching and have a soothing effect on redness. Directions for use: Mix one cup of curd cheese (for very dry skin use cream curd cheese, for normal skin use lean curd cheese) with five to ten drops of chamomile oil. If necessary, a tablespoon of honey can also be added. Apply the mass to the irritated skin areas and rinse off with warm water after a contact time of ten to fifteen minutes.
5. Marigold tea
The marigold tea has the same calming effects as the camomile tea mentioned above. The active ingredients of marigold also inhibit inflammation, soothe irritated skin and moisturize the skin. Application: Place cold or lukewarm tea bags on the affected skin areas, which can be removed after about ten minutes. Marigold tea and marigold mixtures are available in pharmacies and health food stores.
How To Avoid Razor Burn
In principle, you can easily avoid unpleasant razor burns. Just stick to these five rules when you shave again to ensure the home remedies for razor burn work properly:
- do not shave dry. Always use shaving foam. Tip: If you don’t have shaving foam, you can also use a good conditioner. This also softens the hair and lets the shaver glide easily.
- do not use dirty razor blades. Especially sensitive skin reacts strongly to dirt. If you cut yourself while shaving, the cut can become inflamed. In addition, dirt (such as old hair from the last shave) prevents the blade from shaving smoothly.
- Replace your razor blade in time when it becomes dull. The duller the blade, the less the razor slides and the more pressure you need to exert. So the more the razor rubs against the skin, the greater the risk of shaving burn.
- shave along the direction of growth. This is especially important with strong hair growth, as the skin is irritated if the hair is torn upwards while shaving and then shaved off. So always shave with the hair growth to reduce skin irritation. This way you can also remove ingrown hair easily.
- care for the moisture barrier of your skin. If you generally tend to have dry skin, you should always provide it with sufficient moisture – especially if you shave regularly. Dry skin is much more sensitive and irritable and therefore more susceptible to shaving burns. So apply cream to your skin regularly and use the right care products to ensure a good and burn-free shave.