How to Get Rid of Shaving Rash on Legs

By Ameera Mills. Updated: April 2, 2019
How to Get Rid of Shaving Rash on Legs

Does your skin tend to become irritated and reddened after shaving or waxing? Most of the time, this is inevitable. It is also more common for those who have a more delicate or sensitive skin. These people constantly suffer from the appearance of pimples, irritation, itching and stinging in the newly shaved area.The truth is that skin damage can appear regardless of the method of hair removal we use, although, it is more common after extracting the hair with blades, electric epilators or hot wax.

Whichever way you choose to remove your hair, in this article of oneHOWTO we will show you how you can always look perfect without having to deal with the pimples or the irritation typical of post-depilation. Keep reading and discover how to get rid of razor burn.

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How to avoid get rid of shaving rash: after waxing or shaving?

If you are subject to skin reaction after waxing, shaving or any form of depilation, we recommend putting these tips into practice. Take note and avoid irritation after shaving.

  • Exfoliates the area of the skin you want to shave beforehand. This will help open the pores and allow hair to come out more easily. In addition, this will ensure that you will not suffer from any ingrown hairs after shaving.
  • Another good option is to dilate the pores of the area before hair removal. This helps to avoid irritation and repeated shaving over the same area. To do this, we suggest washing the area with hot water and soap beforehand.
  • The type of blade you use is important. Always try and use a new blade. We recommend buying razors with the most blades, with gel bands and using shaving cream/foam.
  • Waxing methods or depilatory creams tend to irritate and damage the skin less than razors. In the case of waxing, you can choose a wax that is more suitable for sensitive skin. Cold application waxes are also less aggressive on skin than hot waxes.
  • When waxing, try and make sure that your skin is always clean and dry.
  • Applying talcum powder to the area will also help to avoid discomfort and irritation.
  • Shaving during or straight after a bath is recommended. The reason for this is that the heat from the water will open the pores, and allow for easier dilation and a reduction of pain.
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How to get rid of shaving rash: cold compress

If the previous mentioned tips for whatever reason do not work for you, don’t fret, there are other options.

One of the most effective measures to calm the irritation of the skin after waxing is to apply cold on the affected area. If you apply some compresses moistened by cold water, it will relieve the pain. This method will also refresh your skin and contribute to the closing of the pores. You can also wrap an ice cube in a towel or rag and place it directly onto the irritated skin.

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss our best home remedies for skin rashes.

How to get rid of shaving rash: home remedies

To avoid pimples and irritation after waxing you should always moisturize the skin at the end of hair removal. It is very important that you nourish your skin with moisturizing products that minimize the damage of hair removal. This will allow the depilated area to look radiant and smooth. Extra hydration will avoid symptoms of itching which can manifest as a rash.

In addition to commercial moisturizing lotions, there are several natural remedies that you can use to eliminate skin irritation after epilating; Below are considered the most effective:

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is the most recommended natural product to regenerate skin and calm it after shaving or waxing. Aloe Vera has powerful soothing, moisturizing and repairing properties. Apply a little Aloe Vera gel on the area and you will should soon see renewed and perfect skin. Read how to make homemade Aloe Vera lotion.

Almond oil

almond oil is also used to hydrate the skin after shaving. It helps reduce skin inflammation and soften skin. Pour a few drops of this oil in the palm of your hand and apply it with a light massage until completely absorbed.

Shea butter

Shea butter hydrates the skin from the innermost layers, in addition it helps protect the skin from sun damage and allows for a more beautiful and uniform tan. Apply on as you would with any other moisturizer.

Baby oil

Baby oil helps to combat rough skin and dryness that hair removal can cause. It helps to remove wax residues that may remain on the skin after waxing. Read more about what are the benefits of baby oil.

Oat water

Oats are very nutritious and moisturizing and function as the perfect remedy for cases of folliculitis, eczema or psoriasis. Oats also aid in relieving the pain.

You can use both oatmeal-based creams or follow the oatmeal water recipe here at oneHOWTO make oatmeal water.

How to Get Rid of Shaving Rash on Legs - How to get rid of shaving rash: home remedies

Shaving rashes: What is folliculitis?

If you feel that your rashes are more inflamed and painful than normal and are beginning to resemble a pimple-like appearance, you might be suffering from folliculitis. Folliculitis is a skin inflammatory condition caused by bacteria in the skin. This is why it is highly recommended to always wash the skin thoroughly before and after shaving. Also, it is important to always use clean or new razors.

If you have a mild case of folliculitis, it should clear up within a few days days. However, if this is not the case, we recommend seeing your doctor or dermatologist for treatment.

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Jared Heathcock
Awesome. Appreciate the tips. Le't hope it works!
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jared

Let us know how it goes!

Tiffany Neeson
Ameera, I've always had problems with rash from shaving, especially under my arms. Of the things you write about, though, I've only used talcum powder and it helps but leaves a mark on my clothes. Yesterday I tried aloe vera for the first time. It's like magic. I don't know why it never occurred to me to use it before, so thanks for the tip!

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