How to prevent & get rid of razor burn

This article is about one thing – a simple solution for razor burn. ​

What exactly is razor burn?

Let’s start with the fact that burning here is definitely not in its true sense – only that one gets the feeling of a burning sensation as well as itching due to skin irritation. It’s what irritates the skin that matters and, in the case of razor burn, how you can go about getting some relief?

The primary cause of razor burn is the way the razor is used. In the case of single-blade razors, it occurs when the razor is passed over the skin time after time, usually in search of an extra-close shave. This is an issue with technology – the number of strokes needed for a complete shave is really more about how the shaving effectiveness instead of actual repeated “passes” of the blade used.

So, what is important or different about a modern multi-blade razor? Well, the recent multi-blade cartridge now has no less than five blades placed in a row other. This means that for each stroke you really get five blade passes over the skin – so that if you make three strokes and that’s the equivalent of no less than fifteen with a razor with a single blade!

What is the cause of razor burn?

You see, the blade not only removes stubble of hair, but also a very thin layer of skin cells. This is called exfoliation and is a recognised way of renewing the skin and making it look healthy and even younger. The problem with using the multi-blade razor is that you can only take on this process so far; that is only through the layers of dead skin cells. Any further than that gets into the layer of living skin cells and that leads to irritation. Another problem that users of multi-blade razor can experience, especially men with scraggly beards, is called crisp images.  This condition can be caused by the action of a multi-blade razor as it passes over the skin. The first blade lifts hair from the follicles, and before the cuts, the second blade makes the cut. The hair then retreats below the surface of the skin, giving what should be a very smooth shave. These hairs cut in the manner described above are now in-growing hairs which, when not able to find their way out of the skin become what is known as “razor bumps”. This raises the question of how many blades are actually required for a good shave that will avoid these kinds of problem happening.

In order to avoid the problem of razor burn, the following would need to be done: First, swap the multi-blade razor for single-blade model, and second, improve the technology of shaving such that only as few as possible passes of the razor is required for a clean shave. If you have to go this far then we are not far away from getting to learn how to use the straight razor. The question is does this obsolete equipment have a place in the bathroom of the modern man? However, the straight razor is now enjoying a massive comeback as more men realise that it has big advantages over modern razors. Yes, it takes some practice to use one properly and safely but if this ability is acquired then the advantages are obvious. Due to the fact that a straight razor only has one blade and gives a smooth shave generally in a couple of passes, the risk of razor burn is greatly reduced and, because it cuts the stubble just above skin level, razor bumps will become a thing that is completely avoided.

Straight razor, when used properly, does not scrape or pull, and you can actually have a complete shave without rinsing the blade – although I think you need to. Surely, with initial caution and necessary skill acquired, shaving with the straight razor could become a very attractive option.

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