“What kind of razor do you use” was an intimate question asked by a man to his girlfriend. This brainstorming witty question made her realize of razor burn present on her thighs. Though shaving thigh and its inner region is easier than waxing, there is a significant risk of razor burns afterwards. Especially, when removing the coarse hair from inner thigh with razor, there is a chance of abrasion and stripping of the outer skin. This may lead to redness and soreness in the region.
Shaving too close with an improper pre and post shaving technique or skin care is found to be the most common reason for razor burns on thighs.It becomes difficult to walk easily with a burn in thigh region. Friction produced between the thighs while walking aggravates the condition.
Primarily, razor burn or a bump on thigh while shaving is a minor burn. The injury may resolve without any medication, but to ameliorate pain and irritation there are several home remedies that can be relied upon.
- Use an electric razor instead of manual razor to remove hair from the thigh area. Electric razor does not cut the hair too close to the skin as compared with the use of manual razor. As a result there is less risk of skin irritation and thigh burn.
- If you are using manual razor, ensure that the blade is sharp. Avoid the one that does not suit your requirement. Try different type of razor until you find a razor which works for you.
- Prepare your skin before you shave your thighs. Use warm water to make your skin soft.
- Apply shaving cream or a shaving gel before you start shaving. It will make your skin as well as hair smooth and soft.
- Whenever you shave your thighs and legs, shave it in opposite direction of the hair growth.
- Avoid using a loofah after shaving, because it will result in more exfoliation and irritation of the skin around the thigh.
- Apply a moisturizer after shaving. Avoid using a moisturizer or an aftershave which contains alcohol as this may further irritate the skin.
Home Remedies to Get Rid Of Razor Burns
There are several creams available in drug stores meant for healing superficial burn injury. Most of them contain antiseptic ingredient and an anesthetic agent to reduce inflammation, irritation and soothe the burning sensation. However, they come with a price tag. If you are interested in treating thigh burns with remedies found in your kitchen cabinet and in your house, here they are:
- Baking Soda: prepare a paste of baking soda by mixing baking soda powder and water. See that the consistency is not too thick or too soft. Apply the paste on the razor burn. Let it remain till the paste dries. Rinse it off after that. Follow it daily. It is an effective cure for razor burn on legs and thighs.
- Apply Aloe Vera Gel. It is a time tested remedy for superficial burns. Aloe vera gel soothes the burning sensation and at the same time reduces inflammation. It accelerates the healing process. Apply aloe vera three to four times in a day for quick result.
- Witch hazel is another friendly remedy for various skin conditions, especially for minor burns. Its antiseptic activity prevents further skin damage and infection. Apply it liberally over the burnt area.
- Soon after shaving your thigh, if you experience burning and irritation, apply an ice cube wrapped in a cloth over the area for few minutes. Pat dry the area afterwards.
- Use cream and ointments containing mild steroids to reduce inflammation and irritation produced due to razor burn on thighs.