If you’re not a fan of waxing, shaving is undoubtedly the best alternative to remove any unwanted hair from your body. But, chances are you’ll have encountered a major drawback at one point or another – shaving rash. Whether you’ve used a dull razor blade, harsh soap, or just have sensitive skin, here’s how to get rid of shaving rash and prevent it happening in the first place.
Shaving Rash Treatment
1. Cold Compress
A fast, effective, and inexpensive way to soothe shaving rash is using a cold compress. All you need to do is wrap an ice pack in a thin towel and place it over the affected area to get instant relief from the burning sensation, as well as reduce inflammation. It will also help to reduce redness and prevent shaving bumps from forming. Alternatively, you can saturate a cloth in cold water and place it on the affected area for the same result – be sure to do this several times a day.
2. Aloe Vera
Not only will aloe vera soothe your shaving rash, it will cool it down to give you instant relief from any burning or itching. Aloe vera is also a wonderful moisturiser, so it will keep your skin nice and soft, while speeding up the healing process. Get yourself some Soothe Aloe Vera Gel and gently rub it on your skin, allowing it to dry on its own before rinsing off with cold water. Do this two or three times a day and your skin should be back to its normal self in no time.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you would like to get rid of shaving rash quickly, apple cider vinegar is your best bet. It’s a great anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce itching, and the acetic acid helps to prevent any infection from occurring. Simply dab some cotton wool in apple cider vinegar and pop it on the rash, then allow it to air dry before rinsing off with water. Repeat this two or three times a day until the burning sensation disappears. It’s worth noting that if you have sensitive skin, be sure to dilute apple cider vinegar in water before applying to spare yourself unnecessary irritation.
4. Witch Hazel
Another great way to get rid of shaving rash is to apply witch hazel to the affected area. With natural anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces redness and swelling, as well as soothing the burning pain associated with shaving rash. Pop on some Witch Hazel Gel and not only will you be saying goodbye to your shaving rash, you can be sure to tackle any infection that has occurred as it is also a natural antiseptic.
How To Stop Shaving Rash
The best way to get rid of shaving rash is to stop it happening in the first place! First thing’s first – get yourself a decent razor. Those rusty razors that have been loitering around the bathroom for months need to go. Razor blades tend to go blunt sooner than you think (after about five uses) and you can usually tell when they’re done if you have to go over the same area multiple times.
Also, don’t dismiss disposable razors just because they’re cheaper than others – sometimes single blade razors are the best option if you’re prone to shaving rash because they don’t cut hair below the skin like triple or quadruple blades.
If you want to stop shaving rash, dry shaving or just using water is out of the question because it will cause more friction. Invest in some shaving foam (opt for a men’s shaving cream for a gentler formula) and you’ll find shaving easier, while protecting your skin.
You’ll probably have heard this before, but it’s essential to shave in the direction that your hair grows to avoid irritation. It may not be as effective at first, but just go over the same area again and you should be good to go. It’s also a good idea to exfoliate your skin with a body scrub before you start shaving to make it easier, and avoid getting those inconvenient ingrown hairs.