ever been running late for an important
event in the evening? Have you ever
thought of giving yourself a quick shave
and ended up with unsightly red rashes
on your skin? These rashes are fairly
common and bothersome, and they are
referred to as razor burn.
Causes and Risk
Razor burns occur
as a result of shaving improperly, in
a hurry, or by using poor-quality shaving
supplies. The upper layer of the skin
may become irritated because of these
conditions and cause micro-abrasions
on the skin. Razor burns also include
nicks and cuts that occur while shaving.
Women and men both experience this painful
are usually caused when excessive pressure
is applied on the razor while shaving.
The sharp blade peels off the delicate
upper layer of the skin, causing razor
burns. Insufficient lubrication (by
not applying shaving gel or foam) can
also cause friction and eventually lead
to razor burns. Shaving in the opposite
direction of the hair growth is another
cause of razor burn. Aftershaves and
colognes are astringent, and excessive
use of such products makes the skin
dry and more prone to razor burns.