July 10, 2021
Guest Posted By Michael Wilmink, MD
It seems the more I look around, the more men I see sporting beards. Honestly, not having to shave daily is a big plus for men as it saves time and it also avoids having to deal with post-shave razor burn. I have tried to grow a beard but it just does not work well with all the masks that I have to wear during surgeries, so I don’t have any other option but to shave every day. Most guys do not have a morning skincare routine and just choose to live with the razor burn, but it truly doesn’t have to be this way!
Razor burn is common and can affect any person who shaves part of their body. If you’ve ever had a red rash after shaving, you were likely experiencing a razor burn. Anyone can experience these symptoms anywhere you shave, such as your face, legs, underarms, or bikini area.
Razor burn can also cause:
I unhappily count myself as part of the group of shavers who experience razor burn. Through the years I have tried countless products from shaving creams, different razor styles, and post-shave creams/lotions/salves to try and reduce the razor burn I experience. Here are some ways to prevent razor burn:
To soothe heat or itching: you can apply a cool washcloth to the affected area to help calm your skin. Aloe or avocado oil are both cooling and soothing and can safely be applied directly to the skin. To help relieve dryness or irritation: If symptoms are appearing, rinse your skin and pat it dry. Be careful not to rub the affected area, as this may further irritate the skin. Once the skin is dry, apply an emollient. This may be a lotion, aftershave, or other moisturizers. Avoid products that contain alcohol because they can often cause irritation. If you’d prefer to go the natural route, slathering on some coconut oil may help hydrate your skin.
But sometimes razor burn can go beyond annoying to something you should pay attention to.
If you experience razor bumps, avoid shaving the affected area until any sores and bumps heal. This may take up to three or four weeks. In the meantime, you should use a topical cream like an over-the-counter cortisone to treat any related inflammation.
If the bumps develop signs of infection, you need to consult your doctor. Symptoms of infection include welts and pustules. If the area has become infected, your doctor will prescribe an oral antibiotic. In addition, your doctor may also recommend products to prevent future razor burns or bumps. For example, you may be advised to use a product with retinoids to exfoliate your skin and reduce the buildup of dead cells on your skin’s surface.
Per the WebMD article, Remedies for Razor Burn, there are a plethora of products on the market specifically designed to reduce razor burn. These products will typically contain ingredients to protect and nurture the skin such as:
WebMD also lists specific ingredients that are effective in skin repair and these include:
This is an exhaustive list of ingredients that you can look for to help you prevent razor burn. As a physician, I have looked extensively at product labels and I have tried to find the right combination of razors, along with creams and lotions containing some of these ingredients, to reduce my razor burn -- and I have ultimately failed. I found this to be extremely frustrating and I know there are many more people out there who are frustrated, just like me!
HOWEVER, I happened upon an amazing solution for my post-shave razor burn by chance, when I tried the Aprisa Drench® Serum followed by a layer of the Aprisa Equip® Day Cream. These products were available to me as they were on my bathroom counter at home (at the sink next to mine), and I said to myself, “what the heck, let’s see if this combination of skincare products can make a difference in my razor burn struggle!” Well, that was a year ago, and I can happily say that I burn no more! I used some amazing Aprisa skincare products and tapped into the technique of how to properly layer your skincare products to help eliminate razor burn. Now, as a scientist and a physician, I was extremely curious as to how and why this combination works so well. My curiosity into “how things work” in the world of medicine has led me down the path of designing hip and knee replacements for NextStep Arthropedix, developing and patenting the A-Tap dual-barrel syringe for more accurate intra-articular joint injections with Accuro Technologies, which has been acquired by Elcam Medical. I am also a founding member of Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals where we are in the process of starting a Phase 2b clinical study in September 2021 on EP-104, a long-acting steroid that is injected into patients’ knees for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Needless to say, I am very familiar with the scientific method! My inquiring mind had to reverse-engineer the Aprisa® formulas to identify what is in the Aprisa Drench® Serum and Aprisa Equip® Day Cream products to allow them to work so effectively on my razor burn.
Key elements of these products that allow my skin to feel refreshed, soft, calm, and smooth after I shave are due to the following ingredients in Aprisa Drench® Serum and Aprisa Equip® Day Cream:
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