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What causes razor burns when shaving facial hair?

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Razor burn is a skin irritation. It can be caused by:

  • Shaving without water.
  • Shaving without shaving gel or cream.
  • Using a dull blade.
  • Shaving against the direction the hair is growing.
  • Applying a heavily perfumed aftershave if you have very sensitive skin.

The best way to treat razor burn is to wait an extra day -- or even an extra week -- before your next shave. That gives your skin a chance to heal.

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Understanding Puberty."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "The Growing Child: Adolescent (13 to 18 Years)."

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Shaving," "Hygiene Basics," "What Can I Do to Prevent Razor Burn?"

Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology: "Secondary Characteristics."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "Teen FAQ."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Men's skin Care."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Understanding Puberty."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "The Growing Child: Adolescent (13 to 18 Years)."

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Shaving," "Hygiene Basics," "What Can I Do to Prevent Razor Burn?"

Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology: "Secondary Characteristics."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "Teen FAQ."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Men's skin Care."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2019

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