Put an end to shaving pimples: these 7 tips really help

Instead of smooth, silky skin, itchy pustules and redness suddenly appear on the skin after shaving? We reveal how to avoid – or woman – annoying razor pimples.

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Smooth, velvety skin that shimmers flawlessly in the sunlight – this is how manufacturers of razors make us dream of freshly depilated skin in their commercials.

Unfortunately, the reality is usually quite different for sensitive skin: instead of silky-smooth, pimply-red is the order of the day.

Razor pimples not only look unsightly, but can also often be painful and become really inflamed. The sensitive intimate area is particularly prone to itchy skin irritations and pustules.

How shaving pimples develop

Razor pimples can always form when the skin is injured by shaving. This happens especially quickly in sensitive areas such as the chin, armpits, bikini line or intimate area.

Inflammation occurs when bacteria penetrate through the small injuries of the upper skin layer.

Bacteria feel particularly at home in the warm, moist climate of the bikini line, which is why this area is frequently affected by pimples.

Dull blades, shaving against the direction of growth or the wrong care also promote the risk of injury.

7 Tips against skin irritation after shaving

1. Clean skin before shaving

Whether man or woman, top or bottom: With a gentle shower gel should be washed off before shaving bacteria as far as possible from the skin surface to prevent subsequent irritation.

2. Give the hair time

Please do not just hop in the shower and start the balding, this only stresses the skin unnecessarily. The pores need time to open through the warm water, and the body hair a little "soak".

Of course, this works best with a bath. But it can also be done in the shower – with a little lead time.

3. The right hair length

Those who rarely shave are prone to razor zits: Long hair requires several corrective strokes and usually more pressure when shaving. Longer hair should be trimmed before shaving necessarily something.

Shaving pimples also occur when the hair is too short for the next shave. The skin needs time to calm down and regain its balance.

Three to four days between shaves are ideal.

Tip for the beard shave: Some razors, such as the Wilkinson Hydro Comfort, are said to effortlessly remove even longer beard hairs thanks to innovative blade technology.

4. Shaving foam or gel? Hair conditioner!

To ensure that the razor glides smoothly over the skin, most use gels or foam specially designed for shaving.

And that is a good thing: These form a thin protective film over the skin and thus prevent injuries.

However, if shaving pimples form even with foam or gel, it’s worth trying a hair conditioner. The gentle balm softens the hair ideally and reduces skin irritations.

5. Change razor blades regularly

Blunt blades increase the risk of injury on the one hand, as more pressure is automatically exerted on the skin during shaving.

On the other hand, bacteria can also quickly collect on the blades and thus be transferred to the skin.

Depending on how often you shave, blades should be replaced every two to four weeks.

6. Shave with the grain

Even if it doesn’t feel that thorough at first: Especially in sensitive areas, such as the bikini line or the intimate area, it is best not to shave against the direction of growth. This protects the skin and prevents inflammation.

7. Cold water instead of cream

Often one reaches, straight wemm one under shaving pimples suffer, directly after the shave to creams. The idea behind this is that irritated skin needs relief.

Often creams clog the already irritated pores and lead to shaving pimples, so it might help to try out how the skin reacts if you wait a day or two with the cream.

Instead of applying lotion after shaving, you should shower your skin with cool to cold water. This closes the pores again and inflammation has less chance to spread.

If the skin is badly inflamed, you should absolutely keep your hands off it! Please don’t push it around and experiment with ointments, but rather consult a doctor.

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