Razor burn: causes, prevention and treatment

The redness, itchiness and bumps associated with razor burn are unwanted side effects of shaving. Follow our guide to learn about razor burn and what leads to those unsightly shaving bumps.

We will also show you how to stop razor burn and the visual and physical effects that it produces.

What is razor burn?


Mark Henricks of Everyday Health has described razor burn as “an uncomfortable and unsightly skin condition that can occur after shaving your face, legs, or other body parts to remove unwanted hair.”


Although anyone who shaves part of their body may suffer razor burn, it especially affects men, given their need to shave the extra sensitive facial skin.

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What causes razor burn?

Causes of razor burn could be something as simple as using an outdated razor, shaving too quickly or shaving a particular area too many times. However, razor burn can also be caused by shaving against the direction of hair and the using of a razor that is clogged with hair, soap or shaving cream.


Failure to use any lubricant at all – such as shaving cream or soap and water – can contribute to the development of razor burn.

Man stops razor burn

How to stop razor burn

Thankfully, razor burn is usually only temporary. If you already experience razor burn, you can get rid of it by following some razor burn treatments.  In addition, waiting for the symptoms to reduce, while avoiding shaving the affected area, can help speed up the healing process.


Whatever type of shaver you currently use, it is vital not to underestimate its role in either causing or preventing the ingrown hair and red skin associated with razor burn. 


Follow the tips in our other articles about how to get rid of razor burn, how to prevent skin irritation and how your skin should be treated after shaving


Regular replacement of your razor blade. The best razor for razor burn is almost certainly an electric razor capable of following every curve of your face to ensure maximum comfort. 


Philips’ acclaimed Shaver Series 7000 is the answer! Our series 7000 razor makes shaving more comfortable and effective for sensitive skin.


The Shaver Series 7000 has Comfort Rings with a special anti-friction coating. The rings contain thousands of powder-like beads, giving it a smooth surface so it can effortlessly glide over the skin and help reduce redness.


Its GentlePrecision Blade, cuts extremely close on long, short and flat-lying hairs to give you the clean, thorough shave that you seek.


Together, these create a soft, low-resistance surface, thereby playing an instrumental role in helping you to reduce the symptoms of razor burn.