How to Treat a Razor Rash

Treat razor rash in a few easy steps.
Treat razor rash in a few easy steps. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Nearly everyone who shaves has encountered a razor rash. Razor rashes occur then the skin becomes irritated after shaving, resulting in redness and unsightly bumps. While the condition is not harmful, it can be quite embarrassing and annoying for both men and women. Razor rash is not only treatable but can be prevented.

Things You'll Need

  • Shaving cream
  • Mild soap
  • Moisturizer
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Cotton balls
  • Apple Vinegar Cidar
  • Petroleum Jelly

Preventing Razor Rash

Check your razor to make sure it is free of hair and debris. Change the blade on the razor if the edges are dull or damaged.

Exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead skin cells and oil as this will make for a cleaner shave. Wet the skin before shaving. Rub shaving cream gently into the skin area to be shaved. Rub a mild soap into the skin, if no cream is available.

Shave along the direction of the hair follicle, rather than against it. Shave using slow, even strokes.

Treating Razor Rash

Splash cold water on the affected area and pat dry. Rub moisturizer into the skin directly after shaving, using small circular motions.

Dab hydrocortisone onto the skin twice a day to get rid of redness and irritation. Dab a cotton ball soaked in apple vinegar cider onto the rash if you are allergic or sensitive to hydrocortisone.

Spread a layer of petroleum jelly directly on the rash if irritation does not go away. Apply the petroleum jelly again before bedtime, to keep skin moist and to prevent the rash from coming back when shaving the next day.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using an electric razor may decrease bumps and rashes.
  • Avoid using cologne or aftershave on razor rash.

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