‘Deconstructing stereotypes’: The cult witch movie you need to watch on Halloween
‘Deconstructing stereotypes’: The cult witch movie you need to watch on Halloween

Jennifer McShane

The quilted jacket is the staple to see you through winter
The quilted jacket is the staple to see you through winter

Holly O'Neill

This picturesque Victorian Bray home is on the market for €975,000
This picturesque Victorian Bray home is on the market for €975,000

Megan Burns

Sunday Service: There’s a new free self-care series made by women, for women
Sunday Service: There’s a new free self-care series made by women, for women

Sarah Finnan

‘A botanical paradise with spectacular views’: The hotel you need to visit on your next trip to Cork
‘A botanical paradise with spectacular views’: The hotel you need to visit on your next...

Shayna Sappington

‘I’m an obstetrician who became pregnant with twins via an egg donor. This month they turn 5’
‘I’m an obstetrician who became pregnant with twins via an egg donor. This month they...

Amanda Cassidy

Period dramas on Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch while we wait for ‘The Crown’
Period dramas on Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch while we wait for ‘The Crown’

Erin Lindsay

The world’s most sustainable travel spots revealed
The world’s most sustainable travel spots revealed

Amanda Cassidy

Indoor Halloween activities for kids to get you through the mid-term
Indoor Halloween activities for kids to get you through the mid-term

Lauren Heskin

Planning a festive trip to London this year? These hotels really know how to do Christmas
Planning a festive trip to London this year? These hotels really know how to do...

Sarah Finnan

Image / Editorial

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back


by Shayna Sappington
12th May 2020
6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back

Avoid razor burn and red bumps by practising a proper skin hygiene routine. Here’s how to keep smooth, clear skin before and after frequent shaving.


As of now, non-essential services like hairdressers and beauty salons are not reopening until phase four of the easing restrictions plan on July 20 — meaning no more professional hair colouring, eyebrow threading and regular bikini waxes for at least two months.

For those of us who want to remain smooth-skinned and hair-free, shaving has become a necessity, but without the proper skincare regimen, razor burn and bumps can wreak havoc on frequently shaved areas.

Razor burn vs razor bumps

Although commonly confused as the same symptom, razor burn and razor bumps are different conditions. Razor burn is a shaving-induced skin irritation and consists of rash, redness, itchiness, tenderness, burning sensation and swelling.

Razor bumps are ingrown hairs that become swollen red bumps on the skin’s surface. Sometimes, ingrown hair follicles can become infected, which is why it is so important to maintain proper shaving hygiene.

How to avoid razor burn and bumps

According to a recent study, shaving in the same direction of your hair’s natural growth, moisturising the skin and using sharp, clean blades are the keys to avoiding razor bumps.

Experts recommend the following steps:

  1. Warm area with hot water before shaving. It’s best to wait until you have been in the shower at least ten minutes, so that the hair is soft from the steam and warm water.
  2. Exfoliate the skin with a washcloth or body scrub to remove dead skin cells.
  3. Prep with a good-quality shaving gel with moisturising ingredients like shea butter or coconut oil. This provides a buffer for your razor and reduces skin irritation.
  4. Shave in the direction of hair growth — this helps prevent ingrown hairs.
  5. Afterwards, rinse with cold water or apply a cold compress to the area to seal and close pores.
  6. Hydrate the skin with unscented, alcohol-free moisturiser. Ideal ingredients include Vitamin E or aloe vera.

How to treat razor burn and bumps already there

The most effective way to treat an outbreak of razor burn and bumps is to stop shaving for a few days or a week. This gives skin time to calm down and heal on its own.

Other effective ways to treat razor-related skin problems include:

  • Applying astringent after shaving to reduce redness, inflammation and chance of infection like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar or witch hazel extract. Make sure to apply before moisturiser.
  • Avoid wearing tight underwear after shaving; this gives your skin breathing room and prevents rubbing and irritation.
  • Clean your razor properly between uses. After each shave, sanitise your razor with rubbing alcohol and warm water and be sure to replace old blades after five to seven uses.
  • Store your razor upright, with the plastic cover on (after its been dried thoroughly) to prevent growth of bacteria.

While investing in a high-quality razor with multiple blades is important too, skin hygiene is vital when it comes to preventing shaving-related skin conditions. You’ll be surprised at what difference these small changes can make. 

 

Read more: 7 handy beauty uses for apple cider vinegar

Read more: 5 Ways We’ve Been Shaving Our Underarms Wrong This Whole Damn Time

Read more: How to nourish your most neglected body part

Also Read

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy

6 simple steps to stop razor burn and bumps from coming back
EDITORIAL
Mandy Moore climbed an active volcano at dawn… while pumping

Hiking a mountain and breast pumping – now, that’s what we call multitasking at its finest. Mandy Moore enjoyed an...

By Sarah Finnan