We’ve all been there: hot, itchy, red bumps on your neck and face after shaving. Not only are they unsightly, but they’re also painful while they heal.
Razor burn is a (literal) pain in the neck, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable if you know how to shave a face properly. Read on to learn how to prevent razor burn and how to get rid of razor bumps on your neck if you do end up with them.
How to Prevent Razor Bumps
The best way to prevent razor bumps and burn is to shave properly.
If you can, shave right after your shower. Your shower will soften your skin and hair and remove dead and dry skin from your face and neck. If you can’t shave right after your shower, at a minimum you need to wet your face. Never shave your face while it is dry.
Use shaving cream or shaving gel. If your skin is sensitive, you’ll definitely want to use a shaving cream for sensitive skin.
You should also shave in the direction that your hair is growing, never in the opposite direction. Make sure your razor is sharp, as dull blades can drag along your skin, causing irritation.
Make sure to rinse your razor after each swipe and when you are finished shaving, dry your razor completely and store it in a dry place (not the shower). You should then make sure that you remove any leftover shaving cream from your face and neck and then use a cold compress to soothe your face.
Once that’s done, use an aftershave that works with your skin to prevent any sort of bumps or burn and enjoy your soft, smooth, freshly-shaved face and neck.
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps on Your Neck
If you don’t listen to our tips and find yourself with razor bumps and burn on your face and neck, there are some things you can do to get rid of them.
First, stop shaving! The best way to heal a razor burn is to not irritate it by shaving. If you can stand it, put down the razor for a few days while it heals.
In the meantime, you can treat it with over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream treatment which will soothe it if it is itchy and feels hot. You should also moisturize, using a facial moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
So Smooth and So Soft
Now that you know how to get rid of razor bumps on your neck and how to prevent them, there’s no excuse for a red, bumpy face or neck. Make sure you are prepping your face and following our tips and hopefully, you won’t even need to have to worry about getting rid of razor burn.
If you found these tips helpful, be sure to check out some of our other health and hygiene guides.