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Razor Burn Advice

A Quick Tip About Razor Burn

For anyone who has ever nicked themselves shaving or has gotten raised, red razor bumps from shaving, you know it can be uncomfortable (even painful) and remain irritated for days. I learned about an inexpensive and easy fast DIY fix to help reduce redness, inflammation and the pain.

Simply apply a wet tea bag to the area and let it sit for a few minutes. The tea's tannic acid is the active ingredient that should help relieve the symptoms. Tip: Choose a cheapie brand, since it is likely to contain a higher concentration of tannic acid. Just remember to lay a towel down underneath you, as tannic acid stains.

If you're out of tea bags, then try applying a tea tree oil to the area to fight off infection and help soothe the bumps. Aloe vera and hydrocortisone are other topical remedies that help speed up recovery while cooling the skin and controlling the swelling.

For a few helpful shaving tips to help prevent razor burn,


  • Always shave in the same direction as your hair grows. Going "against the grain" can cause razor burn and can lead to ingrown hairs.
  • Use an emollient-rich moisturizing shaving cream, gel or lotion to ensure a smooth shave that will provide steady contact to the skin.
  • Remember to change your razor blade frequently. Using a dull razor can inflame your skin, cause nicks, razor burn and irritation.


Join The Conversation
Mariannie Mariannie 8 years
Nice tip!
2special2bu 2special2bu 8 years
hey anyone try using heavy duty sticky gorilla tape go in the direction of your hair it leaves tracks but it's skin and soaking in hypoallergenic soapy lukewarm water should help afterward whiles gently scrubbing with a loofah then brownsugar scrub it and Vaseline wrap gauze around it or saran wrap and tell me what happens?! If you try it...=) this would work really well for hair hardly there or really fine ...don't you think so? Don't know for sure though, never tried it...and maybe using a blow dryer to heat it whiles the tape is down on the hair just before pulling it... sorry just throwing out ideas prob won't help...Oh I thought the real reason people get dark underarms is from over treatment, perspiration stains, sweaty bacterial moist vent less pits, as well as hairy issues... maybe try using baby power and wet wipes probably nasty but try not doing anything else to your underarms for a while but cleaning it real good (all the time) paying close attention to it (be gentle with it like you would with a baby's new born skin) and keeping it aired out for about 2weeks straight should help I hope ... then wax the badboys and never shave or use other treatments again don't forget to give it time in between to heal before your next waxing session.=) goodluck ladies!
Little-Pepper Little-Pepper 8 years
abigaildelliott , kelliegonzo the dark skin under arms is caused by the hair which remain just under the skin surface and therefore we get the 'dark shadow'. there is a few tips, which is - start waxing, use aluminum free deodorants (antiperspirants can lead to skin discoloring!), and exfoliate in the morning and moisturize before bedtime. do not go to sleep with deo still on your skin!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I can't shave in the direction of hair growth. It does absolutely nothing for me because my hair is so fine. I got a better razor and change it more often and that seems to help. Razor burn is brutal when I get it because my skin is so sensitive.
talexs talexs 9 years
I have this problem along my bikini line but have started using Crabtree and Evelyn's men's post shave relief and since then I haven't had a single problem. It comes in a tube that is easy to travel with and is pretty much fragrance free. It goes on like a cool gel and I think it has some green tea and lavender in it to soothe. Highly recommended, it really works!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I believe it about the tea tree oil. I use that junk for everything. It works so well on my zits, especially those under-the-ground cystic ones.
abigaildelliott abigaildelliott 9 years
i have the same problem as...kelliegonzo my underarms have a dark color from shaving as well... does anyone have any tips? pls???
emalove emalove 9 years
Good to know...
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
That's interesting, never would've thought of that.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
shaving in the direction of hair growth is fine for legs and bikini area, but what about underarms?! idk but i think it grows in all crazy directions. the skin on my underarms is also a gross dark color from shaving, does anyone know how to get rid of that? exfoliating hasn't helped :(
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
cool tip but does it matter what kind of tea?? And will it burn when you put it on ??
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
You can get something like "coochie" from pure romance, which is essentially a deep hair conditioner shave cream, and it really does prevent razor burn. It also makes your skin silky smooth!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
You're not the only 12 year old around here Whiplash...:rotfl:
mikimouse mikimouse 9 years
Will it stain your skin? I've heard of people using tea or coffee as a self-tanner type thing.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Interesting - I never would have thought of the tea bag idea! I do use tea tree oil, though, and it's always worked well for me.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Tea bag. Teehee! Sorry, apparently I'm 12 years old.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Thanks for the tips. I've never tried putting tea bags on razor burn, but it can't hurt to try it the next time I end up getting a razor burn.
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