This guide helps you understand the causes and solutions for shaving rash, a very common problem for men. We take a look at the different causes of shaving rash and the ways you can prevent shaving rash with the right routine and skin care products.
What causes shaving rash?
Shaving rash, also known as razor burn, can appear up to 4 days after a bad shave. It is a very common condition in men but it can be avoided. There are a few possible causes:
" Shaving products containing SLS, alcohol and artificial fragrances can cause irritation. "
- If the rash appears immediately, it is probably down to your shaving gel/cream or the way you apply it
- If the rash takes a while to appear – up to a couple of days – it is probably down to poor technique (shaving too roughly, too close or against the grain) or because you have used a blunt razor. Invest in a fresh razor and go easy when you shave
- If you experience itching, redness and irritation then an ingredient in your shaving cream is the likely culprit. Shaving products and aftershaves containing sodium lauryl sulphate, alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol), propylene glycol and artificial fragrances and colours can dry the skin and cause irritation. The shaving and skin care products in our Green People For Men range should be gentle enough for almost anyone
- Bumps, blemishes and ingrown hair are caused when hair grows back in to the skin, clogging pores and becoming infected. Though they are more common in men with curly hair they can happen to anyone and are difficult to fully prevent, a good shaving gel/cream and shaving technique can help. Also a facial exfoliator can help to remove dead skin cells and unblock pores
7-step shaving routine
- Try to avoid shaving as soon as you get up in the morning – give the skin chance to wake up and for your muscles to tighten as this will give you a closer shave
- Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and then splash the face with very warm water
" Shaving essentials: hot water, a clean, sharp razor and exfoliator, shaving gel/cream and moisturiser "
- Smooth a small amount of shaving gel or cream such as Green People For Men No. 2 Soothing Shave Gel onto your stubble and work to a rich lather using a damp shaving brush. If you've got the time, leave this on for a few minutes to help soften your beard
- Dip a new razor into the hot water and then start to shave working from the top downwards using short smooth strokes. For the best shave it is important to note the direction of the growth of your facial hair – this is the direction in which you should shave. Use slow but short sweeps with a steady pressure, starting from the sides of your ears and working towards the chin
- Rinse the razor frequently to keep it free from stubble and accumulated shaving foam
- Rinse away any remaining shaving foam and loose bristles with warm water and follow with a splash of cold to tone the skin
- Dry the skin with a soft towel – try to pat rather than rub – and apply a moisturiser like No. 3 Cooling Moisturiser to leave the skin soft and hydrated
Don't forget these key tips
- Always use a sharp razor – using a blunt blade is one of the key causes of shaving rash
- Shave in the direction that the hair is growing to reduce irritation
- Use your free hand to keep the skin taut and to create a smoother surface to shave
- Rinse the razor frequently to prevent clogging with residues of foam and bristles
- Avoid the use of astringent after-shave products as these often contain alcohol which can irritate and sensitive the skin
- At least once a week use No. 1 Exfoliating Face Scrub to deeply cleanse and remove excess dead skin cells