How To Stop Shaving Rash On the Face For Good?
A shaving rash 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 inevitable result in some type of redness, razor bumps or a shaving rash.
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 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.
If you can’t do this, then at the very least, wash the area with hot water.
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.
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. 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.
Pick Your Shaving Weapon of Choice
Once you have the stubble raised and ready for shaving then it comes down a lot to what you are going to shave with. As you have probably guessed, we recommend wet shaving using a good quality safety razor, a shaving brush and a shaving cream.
Straight or cut throat razors are also a great option, but they do take a little time to get used to.
If you are going to use an electric razor then make sure it is a foil one, as that is better suited for sensitive skin. Some men will also use shaving soap and that is also fine, but please avoid those dreaded cans of foam.
How To Shave To Avoid Plucking
So, if 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.
After The Shave
Once the shave is complete, then wash again 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.
You will know if they sting a little that your skin is still sensitive.
Instead apply a skin moisturiser first and then splash on the after shave. 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.
Treatments for Razor Burn
There are a few good treatments available for razor burn or razor rashes. We have completed a full article on those which you can read by clicking here. It is easier to prevent than get rid of, 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.