Mens Shaving Guide: How to Avoid Shaving Rash

As a shaver, you might experience a rash after shaving if you have sensitive skin or are using a shaving razor that is either unsuitable for you, poorly lubricated or in poor condition. So if you see redness on you skin, there are some counter measures you can take to stop this happening again.

How to avoid shaving rash for men

What is shaving rash and why does it happen?

Shaving rash or razor burn is the result of irritation to the outer layer of skin from contact with razor blades. It will often appear as a red rash on your skin and can feel uncomfortable and itchy. The primary cause of razor rash is a lack of lubrication while shaving. If your face is dry, the razor blades cannot flow smoothly over the skin. Thus, the skin is pulled under tension by the blade causing irritation and eventually a rash.

What can I do to stop shaving rash?

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can implement in your shaving routine to help prevent shaving rash. Firstly, wet your face with warm water. This helps to soften the hairs and increases the moisture in your skin. Second, apply a good coating of shaving gel, foam or cream to increase lubrication, reducing friction on the blades. Finally, make sure you are using a sharp, quality blade. A blunt blade will require more force to cut through the hairs and will cause more unnecessary strain on your face. Generally, we advise changing your blades every 5-10 shaves. 

Choosing the right blade to help prevent shaving irritation?

Always look for a blade that has a lubrication strip. The Gillette Mach3 Blade and Fusion 5 Blades both use a built-in lubrication strip that when wet release water absorbent polymers onto your skin. These polymers smooth the pull of the blades over the skin, reducing friction and helping to avoid shaving rash.

Shavers with sensitive skin can be more prone to shaving rash than others.  So it's important to choose the right blade with the right lubrication, and to keep your blade fresh. You might also find switching from a 5-blade Gillette Fusion to a 3-blade Gillette Mach3 will help too. You should enjoy your shave - not suffer.