Fixing Razor Bumps and Rash: Top Tips for Shaving!

Fixing Razor Bumps and Rash: Top Tips for Shaving!


Razor bumps, shaving rash, and irritation getting you down? You’re not alone! Many people experience these common but frustrating skin issues after shaving. Whether you’re preparing for a day at the beach, a night out, or just your daily routine, the last thing you want is to deal with painful, unsightly razor bumps and rashes. But don’t worry—smooth, irritation-free skin is within your reach.

In today's article, we'll explore the differences between razor bumps and razor rash, delve into the causes of these issues, and provide practical tips and techniques to help you avoid them. From proper skin preparation to choosing the right tools and products, we’ve got you covered. Say goodbye to shaving woes and hello to flawless, silky skin. Let’s dive in and discover how you can transform your shaving routine for the better!

What's the Difference Between Razor Rash and Razor Bumps?


Don't use disposable razors on bikini line.


We've all been there. Taking time to achieve that close shave just to be met with razor burn or ingrown hairs... It's frustrating, painful, and not at all what you were hoping for! So what's the deal with these rashes and bumps??

Both razor rash and razor bumps are forms of irritation that can be caused by shaving – and let's be honest... They both aren't fun to deal with! However, these two conditions are actually pretty different, and knowing about them can help lead to gentler shaving practices that result in smooth skin without any unsightly bumps or rash.

Razor Rash:

Razor rash or razor burn is a form of irritation that can be spotted when you have finished shaving. Have you ever achieved perfect silky smooth legs only to then notice a slight burning sensation or tenderness? Or after you were done shaving you were left with red or itchy skin? That's a razor rash! This can last for a few hours or as long as 2-3 days – the last thing we want!

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Razor Bumps:

Razor bumps are when hair gets stuck inside the follicle. This happens when hair doesn't grow straight out of the follicle, but instead curls back around inside the pore or is blocked by dead skin cells, causing painful, inflamed red bumps.


If you notice acne-like spots or raised bumps when your hair starts to grow back in, stop before you pick up the razor! Unlike a rash that only lasts a short time, razor bumps can potentially linger for weeks. This is because the hair has grown back at an odd angle which is what produces these frustrating bumps. This type of shaving irritation can cause tenderness, pigmentation, and inflammation, so make sure to be kind to your skin during this time while the area heals.

What Causes Shaving Irritation?


Razor burn and irritation on woman's underarm.


While shaving is a great way to remove unwanted body hair, it can cause issues if not practiced carefully. If you rush things or don't opt for a clean sharp blade, you could experience severe irritation, nicks and cuts, or damage to the skin.

Skin irritation like razor rash and bumps is caused by friction from your razor. This can happen if you are shaving too quickly, pressing too hard, shaving one area too many times, dry shaving, not using the right products, choose an old dull or dirty blade, or use a disposable razor that slices the hairs off from below the surface.

How To Avoid Razor Burn and Bumps

Prep Your Skin


Properly prepare your skin by exfoliating regularly with a gentle, non-abrasive scrub, such as a large body-size Konjac Sponge. This removes the dead skin cells that can clog your pores causing ingrown hairs.

Exfoliating keeps your razor from being gunked up and preventing a close shave.

It also helps to raise your hair to make for a closer smoother shave and minimizes irritation.


Use cool water

Shaving with cool water also helps keep the skin firmer to reduce nicks and cuts. Decreasing damage the skin.



The Right Products

Make sure your skin is properly moisturized.  Avoid harsh skin irritants like soaps or foams that strip the skin of its natural oils.  Dry skin is more prone to irritation and razor burn, which can lead to the formation of bikini bumps. Using a moisturizing shaving lotion like our multi-award winning zero-waste Caley-Beth Shave Balm can help to deeply moisturize and lubricate the skin to provide a superior glide for your razor and reduce the risk of irritation and bumps.


Use The Right Tools

Try a safety razor

Not all razors are created equal, and this is why it's so important to choose a blade that is sharp and created with a gentle experience in mind. A  safety razor  has a single blade that puts less stress on your skin, reducing irritation and razor burn, bumps, and redness.


Rinse regularly

Rinse your blade regularly during shaving to ensure it's clean and not clogged, for a close shave and help avoid razor bumps.


No added chemicals

Safety razors have no added chemicals, or lubricating strips that can cause irritation, itchiness and inflammation.


Safety razor displayed with Caley-Beth Shave Balm & After Shave Balm


Shave With The Grain

Shave in the direction your hair grows.  For sensitive skin, shave downward only. Otherwise, pass across, or against the grain, taking your time with short gentle strokes to help avoid damaging your skin.


A Gentle Touch

Use a gentle hand when shaving.  Be careful not to press too hard or pull on your skin. More pressure isn't better. You may think you're going to grab more hair, but it actually makes things worse.

Pushing down or stretching your skin makes it uneven, causing nicks or irritation, and the razor isn't slicing away the hairs evenly.


Take Your Time

Don't think of this task as a chore, but as a time of self-care and have a moment to slow down. Shaving too quickly or going over the same area, again and again, can lead to razor burn and bumps, so let this experience be full of care and intention.


Smoothest Ever Finish

Close Your Pores

Rinse with cool water after shaving to close your pores, this helps avoid pores getting clogged, leaving your skin feeling smooth.


Calm and Soothe

Glide on Caley-Beth After Shave Balm enriched with Cocoa Butter, Comfrey, and Calendula to leave your skin feeling calm and soothed.


Lock In Moisture

Our After Shave Balm creates an occlusive layer that locks in moisture and conditions for long-lasting silky-soft comfortable skin.


By following these tips and incorporating the right products and techniques into your shaving routine, you can effectively banish razor bumps and rash, achieving the smooth, irritation-free skin you desire. Remember, a little preparation and care go a long way in preventing these common issues. Embrace a shaving routine that prioritizes your skin’s health and comfort, and enjoy the confidence that comes with beautifully smooth, flawless skin all year long!


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Caley-Beth is a Toronto-based Canadian brand dedicated to crafting sustainable skincare, specializing in zero-waste skin & body care products, including their multi-award-winning soothing Shave Balm and After Shave Balm bars for women.  Founded in 2017 by certified organic skincare formulator Caley Morris.




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