Shaving is the process to remove unwanted hair from different parts of the body like face, chest, armpits, legs, hands and pubic area for both men and women. Shaving is generally pain free and cheapest, but it can lead to certain aftershave allergies like cuts, nicks, razor burns, bumps, etc. due to incorrect techniques of shaving or improper, blunt blades. Shaving creams and after shave lotions can also lead to irritations or allergies, mainly because of their fragrances. It may lead to skin burns and other severe infections.
When we shave, layers of skin get exposed to various chemicals which harm the more sensitive areas. To keep the skin protected, it is recommended that shaving is always accompanied by the pre-shaving and after-shaving processes and other safety measures and equipments. Take a look at some of the effective process to know about how to get rid of aftershave allergies.
Proper Aftershaves And Colognes
After shaving gel or lotions are mainly used to smooth out the shaved area and prevent any kind of irritation. They also sterilize any cuts. It is always recommended to use aftershaves, which are natural or mostly alcohol free.
Even if some accident occurs during shaving it can be identified and immediately stopped from further damaging. Some remedies are also used to heal the wounds or aftershave irritation. Consider the following techniques for help.
To stop bleeding from shaving cuts: Shaving cuts are caused by incorrect movement of the blade other than the direction of its axis.
Proper Pre-Shaving And Shaving Kit
Pre-shaving oil is used to lubricate and make the skin and hair ready for shaving. You should use a fresh blade with sharp edges to reduce the razor burns. A proper shaving brush helps in lifting out the curled hairs and also in uniform application of the cream.
Clean The Area And Stop Blood Flow
At first, clean the cut area with cold water to reduce blood flow. Use tissue paper or cotton wraps on the cut to stop further bleeding. You can apply some simple ointments like alcohol, dettol, styptic pencil or styptic liquid. A small amount of petroleum jelly, aluminum chlorohydrate (commonly found in roll-on deodorants) can also be used.
To Heal From Razor Burn
Razor burn is a type of skin irritation or rash caused by blunt razors, improper technique like shaving too closely or quickly and dry shaving. Razor burns are generally a common problem in sensitive areas like bikini line, pubic area, underarms, chest and neck.
To prevent this, you should best cleanse the area with salicylic acid, thereby removing oil and dead skin. A good aftershave cream with Aloe Vera can be used. Putting a warm wet cloth before and after on the area can also soften the hair and soothe the skin respectively.
To Prevent From Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are the effect of close, frequent shaving, when the hair curls and grows within the skin follicle and starts irritating. Pulling the hair with the help of tweezers helps to loosen the hairs.
To Avoid Razor Bumps while shaving and afterwards: Razor bumps are painful irritation of the skin and can be identified by seeing small, red bumps that appear around hair follicles. These swell the skin and make it itchy or tender to touch.
Hot water soaked cloth is pressed over the face or area to be shaved. You should apply enough amount of shaving gel, lotion or cream over there, which prevents friction.
A sharp razor is used applying less pressure. Again, the shaved area is rinsed with warm water and after shave applied.
You can apply a very little amount of hydrocortisone cream immediately after shaving to reduce redness, irritation and stinging. Over use may enlarge the blood vessels which cause stretch marks.
Glycolic acid is very effective to reduce razor bumps as is has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. When combined with alpha lipoic acid, it works faster.
Remedies To Allergic Reaction From Aftershave Lotions On Body
Aftershave lotions are generally applied to stop irritation, but sensitive skin or some sensitive areas cannot resist the chemicals in the aftershaves. If irritation happens, its application should be stopped and other methods should be followed.
Body lotions containing aloe and seaweed or vitamin C are best for the body. It soothes the irritation and also reduces the redness. Vegetable oil can be used over the area where irritation takes place due to aftershave. Even a natural herbal shaving balm or any ayurvedic ointment can relax the skin and reduce irritation.
Natural Body Scrub can be used to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells before or after shaving. It helps to remove the excess affected skin and prevent further itching.
A cold compress after shaving can be used to ease redness and itching in the skin if allergic reaction occurs. A mixture of chamomile tea, lime juice and water will promote healing. Cranberry juices, a natural antioxidant should be consumed in adequate amount to heal body irritation.
To Treat Aftershave Allergies On Legs
Legs are often shaved by women and care should be taken as they have courser hair, which is difficult to shave.
Aloe Vera gel or lotions are used instead of aftershave. These help to reduce redness or lighten any marks afterwards. IT also cools the shaved area.
You may also apply wet dressings. It is prepared by soaking a cloth in a mixture of half a cup of white vinegar, one pint of water and a packet of Burrow’s solution. The wet dressing is made to rest on the affected area for fifteen minutes.
You can apply hydrocortisone creams to the affected area. These creams are purchased from a medicine shop counter, directly or by showing prescription. It helps to reduce the inflammation and the rash of an aftershave allergy.
Aftershave allergies are quite common and you can easily deal with it by learning about some simple remedies. These are few remedies practiced at home, but a doctor should be consulted immediately for severe irritation.