Irritation after shaving

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Last reviewed: 17.10.2021

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Irritation after shaving - this problem is known to most men, and women, too.

Especially, of course, men suffer, because they shave their face almost every day. A growing new hairs dig into the skin with a sharp end, thus causing inflammation and, as a result, irritation.


Causes of the after shave irritation

Among the causes of irritation after shaving are such factors:

  • Application of electric razors;
  • Long-term use of disposable machines;
  • Untimely change of razor blades;
  • Daily shaving, which prevents the skin from adapting;
  • Poor hydration of the skin.

Irritation after shaving with electric shaver

Electric razors have many advantages, but they also have drawbacks. Among the minuses of these devices is that they often cause skin irritation. Because the electric shaver does not completely clear the pores, the skin becomes dirty, and acne appears on it. Irritation is caused by rotary electric shavers, as their blades are directly in contact with the skin.

Symptoms of the after shave irritation

Externally, the irritation after shaving is manifested in the form of small red dots and pimples on the skin area that has been shaved.

Irritation and itching after shaving

After removing unnecessary hair from the body, often not very pleasant consequences are observed - such as itching and severe irritation of the skin. Blood flows to the treated area, the vessels expand - as a result, itching occurs. Because of what do these feelings arise?

One of the reasons may be the wrong way to shave. Also, irritation and large red spots can appear on the skin due to the use of a loofah made of loofah or a hard washcloth. Inflammatory processes are also caused by alcohol-based lotions for use after shaving.

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How much irritation after shaving?

Usually the irritation after shaving passes after a few days, during which it is not recommended to shave repeatedly.

Complications and consequences

If after shaving you have bumps on your skin or so-called "burns", and they do not go off for several days, or if the skin looks infected, you should go to the doctor. There are also possible complications such as an increase in swelling, the appearance of purulent wounds, ripple and heat on the inflamed part of the skin. All these manifestations may indicate the appearance of infection.

When there are repeated inflammations, which cause uneven skin, you need to be treated under medical supervision. A razor can not be used at this time, since it can worsen the skin condition even more.

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Treatment of the after shave irritation

To get rid of irritation after shaving, you can just stop shaving your hair every day. To treat pustular irritations immediately after shaving, apply to the treated area the juice from the leaves of aloe.

Also, the Healer and the Savior help well from irritation. A good remedy is also the hydrocortisone ointment, which has an anti-inflammatory effect - it is often used in medicine for purulent wounds and inflammations. It is important to remember that this remedy is a "first aid" preparation, for permanent use it is not suitable, since it can cause skin atrophy .

The irritation caused by dry shaving can be removed by cooling the skin with cold water or with dry ice. After shaving, you can spread the treated area with a moisturizer or lotion.

It is best to stop shaving for a while, although this method is not suitable for everyone. Therefore, you should use other options.

  • Only shave with quality razors that have a sharp and clean blade.
  • Disposable machines are best used no more than 3 times. If possible, alternate the use of the machine and electric shaver.
  • Using an electric shaver, remember - it can only be used on dry skin.
  • Before you start shaving, you need to soften the skin area being treated.
  • Use a cream or gel for excessively sensitive skin, so that the glide is softer.
  • The razor should be moved in the direction of hair growth or from the side, but not against it. After the procedure, the skin should be moistened with a cream.
  • Keep the shaver in a dry place. Also, after the shaving procedure is completed, thoroughly wash and dry the machine. These actions will prevent the reproduction of bacteria that cause itching and skin irritation.
  • Try not to shave very often - at least every other day.

If you have a constant irritation after shaving, you need to go to a consultation with a dermatologist. In some cases, under the guise of simple irritation, more serious skin problems are hidden.


Irritation after shaving can be prevented. For this, it is necessary to take the following measures:

  • Before the shaving procedure, you need to thoroughly moisturize the skin. A good option is to steam it out during the shower procedures.
  • In the process of shaving is better to use not hot, and warm water, since boiling water opens the skin pores, which get particles of hair and dirt, because of what the skin and inflames.
  • Do not use soap during the skin treatment, because it has a drying effect, not allowing the razor to slide smoothly over the surface. It is better to use special gels or moisturizers.
  • In time, change the blades in the razor, because irritation can appear due to the blunt blade.
  • After use, wash the shaver in a disinfectant solution.
  • After shaving, use moisturizers - lotions, gels or creams, which should be applied to even damp skin. A good remedy are lotions based on alcohol, but they are not suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Do not wipe the treated areas with a towel, as it may have hidden dirt, which can cause inflammation and acne. It must also be taken into account that after shaving the skin becomes very sensitive, so do not exert additional mechanical influence on it.
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