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How to Reduce Irritation after Shaving Sensitive Areas

By Jean Alfonso / December 8, 2018
How to Reduce Irritation after Shaving Sensitive Areas

There are three or four body parts that men shave with a razor blade. Facial hair, pubic hair, and in some cases leg hair, are some things that men like to part with. But, it’s not always a painless experience.

If you often get rashes or irritations on the skin after you shave, know that it’s not uncommon. At the same time, know that it shouldn’t happen if you know what you’re doing.

To help you get through shaving and make this a more pleasurable experience, here are some tips and tricks you can use. They’ll not only reduce irritation but in most cases prevent it too.

How to Stop Itching After Shaving Facial Hair

Menthol-based creams aren’t always recommended. They may calm the pain but not deal with the actual irritation. You must also consider that itching isn’t always a sign of just irritation. Itching could mean you have a rash or that you pulled some hair. Pulled hair can lead to infections if you don’t use a good after-shave product.

Aftershave comes highly recommended but mostly in commercials. Alcohol-based products are only good if you don’t have an irritation. If your skin turns red or spotty after shaving, don’t use aftershave on it or you might just make it worse.

Aloe-based lotions are much better at calming itchiness of the skin. They’re easily absorbed and very soothing. They also help hydrate the skin and open up the pores.

How to Reduce Irritation after Shaving

How to Stop Itching After Shaving Pubes

Shaving your genitals is trickier in general. There’s a lot more that can go wrong there, so there’s no surprise that itching is a common side effect. That’s probably the most sensitive area you can shave so more care is required before and after the shave.

If you’re using a product that you know to work for you before shaving and you still itch, don’t panic. There are still some things you can try.

First, wash your genitals with warm water and use a special soap designed for the intimate area. You can use a women’s product too as it should be even more calming. These soaps not only have calming properties but contain ingredients that don’t irritate the skin.

They don’t use alcohol so if you also have a small cut they won’t cause a burning sensation either. Since your genitals are more sensitive than your face you might also want to use an aloe-based lotion after you washed the area.

Avoid using cold water or ice packs directly on the skin. If you really feel like you need some extra cooling after shaving and after using lotions, first put your pants on or at least some underwear. Don’t put an ice pack in direct contact with your skin or risk doing more harm than good.

How to Stop Itching After Shaving Legs

First of all, give some serious thought as to why and if you really have to shave your legs. Even women have a hard time preventing or treating skin itches after shaving their legs. And, consider that most women have years and years of experience doing this.

Rinse your legs with warm water and don’t use any soap. Pat them dry with a soft towel or cloth and apply an after-shave lotion. You’ll want to rub it in to make sure it gets into the skin pores and rehydrates the skin.

Here’s one more trick you can use, which unfortunately doesn’t work for genital shaving. Let your legs breathe. Don’t wear long pants. Put some shorts on and let the air cool you off.

Aloe-based lotions are very popular. However, if you’re not used to shaving your legs often, the skin won’t be used to the experience. You might have to get used to the fact that a post-shave itchy sensation will be part of the deal whenever you shave your legs.

Hydrocortisone cream is also recommended at times. It’s a nice backup to have if you’re out of Aloe gel. It’s not recommended for consistent use though so keep that in mind.

How to Prevent Itching

The best thing is to try and prevent the itching from happening in the first place. Irritation usually occurs if you haven’t taken the necessary steps to clean your face and soften the skin before shaving.

If you want to avoid itching, wash your skin with soap and warm water. If you have a thick beard you want to wash it thoroughly and rinse it a couple of times. You may also need to trim it using scissors or an electric razor before thinking about a close shave.

Washing prepares your skin while trimming ensures that your razor won’t get clogged or tangled in stubs of facial hair. If that happens you’ll end up pulling hair loose and irritating your pores.

Another cause for irritation could be your shaving cream. Maybe you’re allergic to it. If that’s the case then you’ll want to find a soothing lotion that you can apply to the areas of the skin that are red.

Whatever body part you’re shaving the same prep work should be done. Shaving unclean skin is not sanitary and it’s the main cause for irritation or infections.

We shouldn’t have to tell you this but, always use a sharp razor blade. Dull blades can pull your hair and before you know it the skin gets irritated or worse.

How to Reduce Irritation after Shaving


If you’re worried about how to reduce irritation after shaving you’re not thinking clearly enough. If you’re shaving the right way, there shouldn’t be any irritation, to begin with. Proper skin conditioning before the shave is paramount to a pleasant experience. Don’t be afraid to use some moisturizing oil with your shaving cream.

Afterwards, well that usually depends on the individual. You’ll have to use a skincare product and depending on where you shave you may need something specific. Unlike most shaving creams, after-care products don’t always work on all body regions.

Don’t always rely on women’s products either. Just because something works on your partner doesn’t mean it will work for you. Besides, there are plenty of skincare products for men these days, so it’s not hard to find something that suits you.

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    Jean Alfonso