What is razor burn? It’s microscopic skin damage, says Dr. Jeff Benabio, a San Diego dermatologist. “Razor burns are tears to the skin done by the blade from improper shaving, or dry irritated skin that becomes even more irritated after shaving.” Dull blades are the most common culprit. Razor heads that are past their prime pull on the skin rather than cutting it, leaving tiny tears in the skin that create inflamed, painful bumps.
Razor burn is most likely to happen when you’re rushing to get ready and you’re more prone to skip steps. Even if you’re just touching up a small patch of skin, be sure to moisturize, use a fresh blade, and shave in the appropriate direction. Here are ways to prevent razor burn.
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