How To Stop Shaving Rash On the Face For Good?
A shaving rash, especially on the face is without any doubt, one of the most annoying things that you can get.
It is a constant irritation, and especially if you have it in and around the neck area. It will constantly be made worse by the rubbing of any clothing such as the collar on a shirt.
Reading this article will help you stop shaving rashes for good. We all know just how many times we move our head about in a typical day, and having a rash, caused by shaving will just get more and more annoying as the day progresses.
What Causes a Shaving Rash?
The things that cause razor or shaving rashes are:
- Using a low quality or dull and blunt edged razor
- Dry shaving on a long term basis
- Having very dry skin
- Having very sensitive skin
In general men experience this type of skin irritation on the face, but more so around the lower neck. With ladies this can also happen under the arms, and around the bikini line. That is even more annoying than a face or neck rash and can be really uncomfortable.
The bottom line though for most men, is that when shaving a sensitive area, then anything that causes friction, will inevitably result in some type of redness, razor bumps or a shaving rash.
If you have sensitive skin and get rashes, then read this article, where we provide some great shaving tips for sensitive skin and for men who are prone to rashes.
Prevention of Shaving Rashes Caused by Shaving
When you are going to shave, it is vitally important that the hairs you want to remove are softened, and also made to stand up. Failure to do this will mean that some hairs get plucked, and it is this nipping, that causes the actual rash.
In essence, instead of the blade cutting through the hair, it simply catches it and pulls it out. That is not only painful, but also causes skin or razor bumps from ingrown hairs. It doesn't matter if this is an electric shaver, or any other type of shaving system.
Wet Shaving Skin Rash Prevention
The key to this is to use hot water to soften any bristles on the face. Barbers for example will use a hot towel, but a hot face cloth will also do the job nicely.
You do need to give this a chance to work and at least 5 minutes time, to allow the heat to soften up the bristles.
Generally speaking men are in a hurry, and they don't want to spend a lot of time preparing for a shave. However, if you suffer from a shaving rash, this preparatory work really will make all the difference.
If you can't take the time to do this, then at the very least, wash the facial and neck area with hot water. Alternatively the perfect time to have a shave is just after a shower as the hot water and steam, will have raised the hairs.
So to give your hair the best chance of softening, it needs some type of heat and moisture applied to it. An ideal time to do this is immediately after you have had a shower, as we have mentioned above.
Dry Shaving Rash Prevention
A huge number of men will use either a foil electric shaver, or a rotary head electric shaver. The more modern models of these, allow you to have a wet shave. That is a better option to prevent neck rash.
Some guys don't have the time for that option, and some electric shavers don't allow that to be an option. In essence, the only option is a dry shave.
Here at the Emporium, we strongly recommend if that is the case, the use of a good quality pre-shave oil to prevent skin rash is a good choice. It makes a huge difference to the entire shaving process. We also know that the vast majority of men will skip this step.
We don't think you should, but again it is all a personal decision. Very few men use this type of preparation simply because they don't have enough time. It makes a big difference, so if you suffer from a skin rash, then surely it is worth a try.
Best Shaving Method to Prevent Facial Skin Rashes
Once you have the stubble raised and ready for shaving, then it comes down a lot to what type of razor you are going to shave with. As you have probably guessed, we recommend wet shaving using a double edged safety razor, a good quality shaving brush and good quality shaving cream.
Some men will also use shaving soap and that is also fine, but please avoid those dreaded cans of foam.
Straight or cut throat razors are also a great option, but they do take a little time to get used to. We would not recommend using these if you want to try out wet shaving as a beginner. Use the DE razor first and when your skin gets used to a blade, you can try out the cut throat style of razor.
If you are going to use an electric razor then make sure it is a foil one, as that type of electric shaver is better suited for sensitive skin. As mentioned use a pre-shave oil first to make this a better experience as the oil helps protect the skin and as such prevents rashes.
How To Shave To Avoid Plucking?
So, if you decide to try wet shaving, shave with the grain and not against it, if you suffer from skin irritation. That will make for a much smoother shave, and there will be little danger of hair plucking.
Shaving with the grain simply means to draw the blade in the same direction as the hairs are growing.
Now some men will tell you that you should shave against the grain for the smoothest shave. There is some truth in that, but we would only recommend doing that, once your face has grown accustomed to wet shaving. For people starting out the best practise is to shave with the grain.
You also need to be sure that your blade is sharp and that you use a well lathered cream. Many men will not change the blade as often as they should in a razor and that is a very common problem. A razor blade used in DE razors should be changed after 5-6 shaves.
We do have to be a little brutal at this moment as there is no easy way of saying this. Please do not use those horrible, cheap, nasty, throw away disposable razors. They do come with a guarantee of course, a guarantee that you will suffer from razor rash for the rest of your life.
The reason these things are so cheap is because they use cheap metal blades, which go blunt almost instantly. There is a direct relation between disposable razors and neck rashes.
The same applies to those aerosol spray cans that supposedly contain foam or gel. In reality they are 85% water and the rest is chemicals. Those make your skin dry, and if you then attack it with a blunt disposable razor, there is only one end result. Apologies and my rant is now over.
So when you shave, you should always have a protective barrier between any type of blade, electric or otherwise, and the skin with which it is about to touch. Soaps and creams provide this really well, and pre-shave oil also helps a lot.
The idea is that a sharp blade should glide easily across raised hairs and protected skin, for a very smooth shave. Crack this and you will also crack annoying skin rashes, shaving bumps and razor burn.
Caring for the Skin After the Shave to Prevent Rashes
Once the shave is complete, then wash the skin with cold water. Cold water closes the skin pores and completes the shaving process. Again if you have sensitive skin, avoid the harshness of after shaves straight on to the skin after shaving.
You will know if they sting a little that your skin is still sensitive.
Instead apply a skin moisturiser to prevent rashes first and then splash on a good quality after shave that does not have harsh chemicals. We know that many men believe that the sting of an after shave is normal and helps heal skin irritation. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It may be a bit of a macho thing to splash it on and grimace, but it is really bad for your skin. Make sure your skin is well moisturised before applying any type of after shave.
One of the best choices for doing this is the Proraso Anti Irritation Pre and Post Shave Cream, currently available on Amazon UK.
Best Treatments for Razor Burn & Rashes
There are a few good treatments available for razor burn or razor rashes. We have completed a full article on razor burn and rashes, which you can read by clicking here.
That is a really good article if you suffer a lot from shaving rashes around the neck area.
Some people confuse a shaving rash with acne. We have done a full article here with some great shaving tips for acne sufferers.
It is easier to prevent rashes than to get rid of them, so follow the tips above and in a few days you will see a very big difference.
Men generally speaking are pretty useless when it comes to moisturising the skin. That allows it to get dry, and when any type of blade hits the dry skin, then it really does start to irritate it.
Simply by keeping moisture in the skin, will do a great job of making this problem go away.