Women often get irritations of the skin after shaving their legs and under their arms; nothing is more unattractive than razor burns. Razor burns develop because shaving takes off the outer cells of the epidermis; the skin reacts with blood flow racing to the injury to start the healing process. It is the dilated blood vessels just under the surface of the skin that causes the appearance of razor burns.
Women have options to prevent razor burns. One way to stop razor burns is to stop shaving, but most women don’t want to have unsightly hair showing on their legs and underarms. Hydrocortisone cream 1% used after shaving will prevent or reduce the appearance of razor burns. It is important not to use hydrocortisone cream on a daily basis without the consent of your physician. Hydrocortisone cream should not be used more than a couple of times a week. Your skin can become accustomed to any cortisone preparation and react with redness if you don’t apply it. It is kind of like becoming dependent on a drug. The skin will crave for it if used too much, and at the same time the skin will get thinner over time when using cortisone preparations too often.
A good skin moisturizing cream is good to use after you shave. This will soothe the irritation from razor burn and prevent redness most of the time. Shaving is best done after bathing when the hairs on the skin are saturated with moisture, and the skin is extra soft. Apply a good quality shaving gel to your legs and underarms and have. You don’t need to use a lot of pressure while shaving; a sharp blade will work well with a light touch. If you use a disposable razor, don’t use it over twice because it will get dull and cause pulling and create nicks.
Many women who use soap to shave with end up with razor burns. Stop using soap and use a foaming shaving gel or shaving cream. Shaving cream and gels create a surface for the razor to glide on the skin. Shaving with shaving cream or shaving gel will decrease the likelihood that you will get razor burns. Shave your hair in a downward motion in the way that it grows; shaving downward is less irritating to the hair follicles. Shaving in the opposite direction against the way the hair grows is more likely to cause skin irritation.
Another option to prevent irritation is to switch to a cream depilatory that dissolves hair. Cream depilatories dissolve hair quite quickly and the hair follicles are not irritated nearly as much. It is important to check the progress of the hair removal with a depilatory because it dissolves hair and it dissolves some of the top cells of the epidermis. You can get just as irritated with a cream depilatory if you are sensitive to it or leave it on too long. However many women prefer this method for removing unwanted hair without suffering from razor burns.