Do you remember your first time? Shortly after the first hair on the face, intimate area and under the armpits came the desire to do what men do: shave. The handle to the commercially available system razor with as many blades as possible, some shaving cream on it and away with it. The (pubic) hair was gone, but something else was added: small shaving bubbles, reddening and irritation of the skin triggered your first razor burn , the pseudofolliculitis barbae . Nobody has ever worn it with pride and dignity.
Over time, we have become a little more careful and have discovered techniques with which we produce fewer shaving pimples. But: they don't stay that far away. Maybe it's because we haven't done everything right yet? Time to take a look at the razor burn - how it develops and what you can do about it.
They itch, burn and look nasty: How are shaving pimples created?
Whether dry shave or wet shave, whether in the genital area, on the chest or on the face: the razor burn doesn't care how and where you shave. Because with every shave, you expose your skin to the risk of igniting and forming shaving papers.
Why is that? First of all, one of the shaving facts is that you cut the hair close to its root. Especially with system razors with several blades, you lift the hair with the first cutting edge before you cut it off with the following blades. The problem is that the direction of hair growth is affected: it is no longer in its original position in the hair growth channel, the skin pore closes and the hair continues to grow in a different direction. The more curly or frizzy your hair is, the more likely it is to grow together.
Of course, your skin doesn't like this: it creates a purulent inflammation of the hair follicle, which also feeds on dirt particles and germs. A shaving pick has been created.
Razor bump not only looks ugly, it also feels uncomfortable - after all, the pimples are razor bumps. Its consequences can last: the painful itching causes you to scratch yourself more often and pour additional oil into the fire, the inflammation worsens. Depending on the severity, the razor infection accompanies you for a few hours to several days.
What to do about razor burn? These tips will help!
The safest way would be: not to shave. But that would be silly.
Make sure your shave is gentle, safe, and nourishing . The following tips will help you prevent the razor burn:
1. The right equipment against shaving pimples
Razor blade : It has to be sharp, absolutely! Don't use blunted razor blades as they could pluck and tear the hair instead of cutting it. You can find really sharp razor blades in our shop .
Shaver : We do not recommend system razors with multiple blades and recommend that you use an adequate safety razor . The reasons are obvious - and in this post .
Shaving brush : You shouldn't put shaving soap on your face with your hands. A good shaving brush ensures that your stubble stands up and can be easily cut by the blade.
Pre-Shave Oil : The shaving oil is not a substitute for the shaving foam or shaving soap, but it does make for soft whiskers that are easier to straighten and cut.
Shaving foam or shaving soap : The foam or natural soap should be mild and for sensitive skin. Your job is to take care of your skin and soften your beard. So agents that provide plenty of moisture are also good.
2. Shaving: You can also avoid razor burn here
Clean your face before shaving : take warm water and wash away germs and dirt from your skin with a mild washing lotion.
Soak : Put a damp, warm shaving towel on your face for a minute or two. This will soften your whiskers and open your pores.
The bottom line : The hair fixes itself in its direction of growth, as if it would remember the way. If it gets off the path, inflammation is likely. Therefore: Before shaving, check in which directions your hair is growing and go with the line.
No pressure : you want to avoid micro-injuries. You don't have to use force to make a clean cut, because you have very sharp razor blades. It is sufficient if you slide the blade over your skin.
Step by Step : Shave short areas, no more than five centimeters. This way you work more carefully and avoid unnecessary repetitions that damage your skin.
3. After shaving: no chance of pustules
Clean: Wash your face thoroughly so that no soap residue left over. Use cold water to finish: it closes the pores so that germs and contaminants remain outside.
Aftershave : Take a nourishing aftershave that contains as little alcohol as possible. Alcohol may disinfect, but it won't help you much if it irritates your skin.
Protect your skin: Especially in the genital area, you should not wear tight clothes after shaving. The friction irritates and irritates the already stressed skin. Likewise, you shouldn't keep your face in your face after shaving, even if the men like to do it in advertising.
Face care : A shave is a strain on the skin. You expose them to irritation and put mechanical stress on them. After that, you should give her nutrients to revitalize her as much as possible and give her new moisture. We have formulated the Hydra Defense Cream so that it can take on this job after shaving, has an antibacterial effect and also provides cell protection on the skin. You can find facial care in our shop .
For a good shave and against razor burn
Anyone who simply shaves off turns their bodyshave into a source of fire for the skin. It's good that you now know!
So: shave safe and #staysober