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How to Get Rid of Razor Burn

How to Get Rid of Razor Burn

Feeling the burn in the gym? Great. Feeling the burn from your razor? Not so great.

Razor burn is something we all face from time-to-time, but with the right steps, it can be managed. Discover the causes, prevention tips, and treatments below, and put an end to the discomfort of shaving rash and razor burn.

What is Razor Burn?

Razor burn, or shaving rash, is a skin irritation that can be caused by dry shaving, shaving that’s a little too aggressive, or shaving with dull blades. Typically, it arrives a few minutes after shaving, and can be in the form of a rash. Razor burn and shaving rash are not the same as clinical razor bumps, a condition caused by in-grown hairs.

What Are the Causes of Razor Burn?

Dry Shaving

Always use a shave cream. Shave creams are packed with skin-protecting lubricants that help your razor glide across your face and can help hold in hydration as you shave. When the hair is hydrated, it swells and softens, allowing your razor to glide through the hair more easily. This can result in less tug and pull, less scraping on your skin, and less irritation. Our Gillette SkinGuard Men’s Sensitive Shaving Foam is infused with Aloe and Vitamin E for an incredibly comfortable shave.


Pressing Too Hard

Getting overly aggressive with your razor is the fast track to razor burn. Tread lightly over a layer of shave cream, or gel, to keep your face free from shaving rash. Let the razor do the work, and use gentle strokes while shaving with the direction of the hair growth.

How to Stop Razor Burn and Shaving Rash:

Swap Your Blades

Don’t get burned by bad blades. When you begin to feel discomfort, swap out your dull blades for less tug and pull during your shave. Want blades delivered on your schedule? Check out Gillette’s shaving subscriptions.

Don’t Get Burned by Re-Strokes

Men average about 170 strokes while shaving, and almost 120 of these are re-strokes. Once you scrape off the shave cream, be mindful of repeating strokes, as this decreases lubrication, which can lead to shaving irritation. Luckily, the Fusion5™ ProShield™ razor provides shielding from irritation, with lubrication before and after the blades.

Tread Lightly

The skin on your face is sensitive and during a shave, men take between 30-700 strokes. So thread lightly if you want to avoid razor burn. Shave with the grain and a light amount of pressure to help avoid razor burn, irritation, and cuts. It’s also advisable to save the more sensitive areas of your face until last. This gives the shaving gel plenty of time to soak into the hair, reducing the likelihood of shaving rash and razor burn.


Taking the time to exfoliate before shaving can greatly reduce irritation after shaving. Exfoliating can help buff away oil, dirt and old skin cells that might be matting down facial hair and blocking your razor’s path. This can cause irritation when you shave and result in razor burn. Exfoliation can help release trapped hairs – known as razor bumps – and allow your razor to make proper contact with your facial hair.

How to Get Rid of Razor Burn and Shaving Rash:

Apply a Cool, Damp Cloth

If you notice redness or skin irritation immediately after shaving and need immediate relief, try wetting a clean washcloth with cool water and applying it to the affected area. This may help reduce the redness and discomfort caused by razor rash.

Hydrate to Protect

Finish up your shaving routine with a moisturising after shave gel or lotion that refreshes your skin and replenishes moisture to leave your skin feeling more comfortable.

Give it Time

Razor burn should go away naturally with time, but until it does it’s best to avoid shaving the affected area. Give your razor burn time to heal before your next shave and avoid shaving skin if you notice any redness or inflammation.

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