Razor Burn Vs Razor Bumps (and how to get rid of them)
Shaving, a daily ritual for many women, can sometimes feel like a chore rather than an act of self-care or personal care pleasure.
If you're someone with sensitive skin or if you aren't using the right razor for your skin type, it's pretty normal to experience skin irritations such as razor burn and pesky razor bumps, turning your quest for smooth skin into an ongoing, and often painful, battle.
But fear not, for we have all the secrets you need to transform your shaving experience into a glowing act of indulgence. Our guide will show you how to get rid of razor burn and banish bumps once and for all.
Comparing Razor Burn and Razor Bumps
Let's start by understanding the difference between these two common nuisances:
This fiery foe is considered a form of irritant contact dermatitis (AKA skin rash).
Villainous redness, tenderness and painful itching often strike within minutes or hours of shaving. Its not uncommon to experience razor burn after shaving with common causes of razor burn ranging from hasty shaving to using a worn-out blade or skipping the shaving cream.
Dry shaving can also be a culprit with red, blotchy skin often showing up as its signature mark.
Razor burn may not be a major medical concern, and it won't haunt you for the long term, but anyone who's had the misfortune of dealing with it knows it's far from a pleasant experience.
This sneaky saboteur is otherwise know as pseudofolliculitis barbae.
These are small, pesky bumps resulting from hair regrowth gone awry. They're like tiny rebels trapped beneath the skin's surface, causing small pimples.
Blame a dull blade or reckless shaving techniques for these skin irritations.
While completely preventing razor bumps can be difficult, the good news is that if you are prone to getting them, there are a few steps you can take in your skincare routine to help get rid of razor burn and bumps, leaving you with smoother skin after shaving.
Where can razor burn and bumps appear?
Razor burn and bumps can appear on various parts of the body where shaving is a common practice. These annoying skin irritations are most frequently found in areas such as legs, underarms, neck, face and the bikini line.
However, they can crop up anywhere you use a razor.
Understanding where they might occur is essential for taking proactive measures to prevent and treat them effectively.
Banishing the Nemeses: How To Get Rid Of Razor Burn and Bumps
While some might be more susceptible to these adversaries, there's a universal strategy to shield your skin. Alongside our top 10 tips for getting rid of razor burn, our secret weapon lies in the Make My Shave razor.
Together they create a masterful solution designed to transform your shaving routine, and leave you wish smooth skin free of irritation.
So, let's get down to how to get rid of razor burn and banish bumps:
1. Pre-Shave Ritual
Elevate your shaving experience with a well-considered pre-shave routine that includes moisturising your skin before and after shaving. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.
For optimal results, we recommend shaving at the end of your shower. This gives the warm water a chance to open your pores and soften your skin.
2. Exfoliation Magic
In case you didn't already know, regular exfoliation is the key to preventing those stubborn hairs from getting trapped beneath your skin's surface.
However, it's important to exfoliate gently and not more than once or twice a week before shaving.
3. Lubrication Is Key
Okay, we're just going to say it; when it comes to lube, more is often better.
Creating a protective barrier between your skin and the razor blade is a game-changer for preventing razor burn and bumps.
Our Make My Shave razor is equipped with a 360-degree lubrication cushion that envelops the blades. The cushion is infused with soothing Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to support a smoother more comfortable shaving experience.
While some may find this moisturising cushion sufficient, if you're prone to razor burn and bumps, a little extra TLC might be just what you need.
For those in search of a natural alternative to traditional shaving creams or gels, consider our skin-soothing Shave Cushion. The handmade shave bar is made with the goodness of avocado oil, eucalyptus and coconut oils.
4. Fresh Razor Blades Only
Dull or rusty blades can wreak havoc on your skin, so it's crucial to change them regularly.
If you're using a premium reusable razor like Make My Shave, we suggest changing your blades around 5-10 shaves, but of course, this depends on many factors such as hair growth speed, texture, thickness, and skin type.
If you haven't already embraced a razor subscription like Make My Shave, we wholeheartedly recommend joining the club.
With a convenient set-and-forget shaving subscription, you'll bid farewell to the days of enduring the discomfort caused by dull over used razor blades.
5. Follow the Grain
Respecting the natural direction of your hair's growth while shaving is your ticket to a smoother shave.
Opting for a female razor equipped with multiple blades translates to fewer passes on the skin and fewer opportunities for burn and bumps to occur.
6. Gentle Strokes Work Best
Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Employ a gentle, short-stroke technique for a more considerate shave.
Lengthy strokes can clog the razor, potentially necessitating additional passes on skin that's already endured the blades.
7. Rinse and Repeat
Keep those razor blades clear. 🪒
Make sure to clean your razor blades regularly during your shave to prevent them from getting clogged.
A female razor with an open-back design streamlines the blade cleaning process, making it quicker and more convenient
8. Cold Press to Soothe
Once you've finished shaving, rinse your skin with cold water to naturally close your pores.
You can also use a cool damp cloth or a cold compress to further minimise the chances of razor burn or bumps appearing after your shave.
9. Razor TLC
Just as makeup brushes need regular cleaning, maintaining your razor is essential for a smooth shave that's irritation free.
After each use, be sure to rinse and dry your razor thoroughly. Storing it in a dry place is crucial to prevent bacterial growth.
Consider investing in a razor holder – it's honestly a no-brainer move that not only keeps your razor in good shape but also extends the lifespan of your razor blades.
10. Elevate Shaving to a Self-Care Ritual
Lastly, take your time, patience pays off.
Shaving can be a great excuse for some me-time and by incorporating it into your body care routine, you not only reap the benefits of smoother skin with less irritation and discomfort, but you can also bask in the wellbeing benefits too.
When should you see a dermatologist?
If you're dealing with persistent razor burn or razor bumps, it's advisable to schedule a dermatologist appointment.
While occasional razor burn or bumps are common, recurring or severe cases may indicate an underlying issue that requires professional attention.
Dermatologists can assess your skin's condition, identify any contributing factors like skin sensitivity or hair growth patterns, and recommend personalised solutions.
They can prescribe medicated creams or ointments to soothe irritation, provide guidance on proper shaving techniques, and suggest skincare products tailored to your specific needs.
Furthermore, if you notice any unusual or concerning changes in your skin, such as infection, scarring, or discolouration resulting from razor burn or bumps, consulting a dermatologist promptly is essential to prevent long-term damage and ensure your skin remains healthy and comfortable.
What is the best razor to prevent razor burn?
Ladies, we get it. Razor burn and those pesky razor bumps are no fun.
That's why we've got an extra little secret up our sleeves for you.
If you're tired of the irritation and discomfort, it's time to find a razor that doesn't cause razor bumps. For your skin's new BFF, our Make My Shave 360-degree moisture cushion razor is your new partner in crime.
Our carefully crafted razor adds extra lubrication and protection to your body care routine, making your shaving experience smoother than ever.
With five blades, it's like a dream come true. Fewer passes, less irritation, and sayonara to those pesky bumps. 👋
Remember, finding your perfect razor is like finding the perfect shade of lipstick or well-made margarita – it's a game-changer.
What are the benefits of a female shaving subscription?
Imagine a world where you never have to worry about running out of fresh, sharp blades for your razor?
That's the beauty of a female shaving subscription.
With a convenient razor subscription service, you can wave goodbye to those frantic last-minute trips to the store in search of expensive replacement cartridges.
Instead, your high-quality razor blades arrive right at your doorstep, just when you need them.
It's not just about the convenience, though. Subscribing to a service like Make My Shave means you're always in control of your shaving routine - your body, your razor, your rules!
You choose the frequency of deliveries, ensuring that you always have a fresh, super sharp blade for a smooth and comfortable shave.
Plus, the reusable razor is more eco-friendly, reducing plastic waste and your carbon footprint. It's a win-win, giving you more time and peace of mind while contributing to a greener planet. 🌎
Other helpful shaving sources:
Alongside our top 10 tips for getting rid of razor burn and bumps, there are plenty of other home remedies for reducing inflammation, soothing the skin and preventing symptoms of razor burn. Here are some useful sources: