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How to care for Razor Burn and bumps


Razor bumps are caused by ingrown hairs which occur when the hair is cut off below the skin. When hair grows inward and under the skin, the site can become red, irritated and look like a puss filled pimple. This problem can happen to anyone but is more common in people with curly hair men due to the coarse nature of their hair. This common side effect of shaving can easily be minimized with the following steps:

  • Exfoliate regularly to unclog pores so hair grows outward. Mildly exfoliating face wash such as Seaweed Cleansing Soap which has anti-inflammatory properties and may be an option for sensitive skin that is prone to razor bumps.
  • Apply a beard softening conditioner like Mario Badescuís Pre-Shave Conditioner before shaving cream. Let it sit on the skin for a few minutes for maximum softening effects. Always use a rich, moisturizing shaving cream.
  • Shave in the direction of the hair growth with the least amount of strokes and do not pull the skin tight while shaving. Shave with the least amount of pressure possible.
  • Use skin care products that contain Salicylic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Glycolic Acids to promote exfoliation. Mario Badescu offers cleansers, toners and serums for all skin types that contain these exfoliating ingredients.
  • Single blade razors or electric shavers work best since they do not cut hairs too short.
  • Shaving after a shower is preferable as skin is still moist and soft. Too long a shower will have the opposite effect, shrinking the skin temporarily, not allowing the hair to come up to the surface.
  • Use a soothing after shave lotion to disinfect and cool skin after shaving.
  • If you have an ingrown hair, disinfect the skin first and lift the hair out with a fine point tweezer (make sure they are clean and disinfected). Do not pluck the hair out. Apply a little Special Healing Powder on the area to disinfect and calm redness.


Razor burn is a skin irritation caused by using a dull blade, shaving without enough lubrication or by pressing too hard against the skin with the razor. It usually appears as a rash or as raised welts around the shaved hairs. Mario Badescu menís products contain soothing Lavender, Aloe and Azulene (chamomile) to make your shave more comfortable and leave your skin feeling great and looking healthy. Many of the same tips that minimize razor bumps are also effective at preventing razor burn.

  • Prepare your face by washing with a cleanser containing exfoliating ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Glycolic Acid to remove excess oils and dead skin cells.
  • Use a moisturizing Pre-Shave as well as Shaving Cream and treatment so the skin is well lubricated.
  • Shave with gentle pressure in the direction of the hair growth using slow, short strokes. Do not use dull, old blades.
  • Do not shave the same area more than once taking precaution to avoid areas of acne eruptions or razor bumps.
  • Use a soothing post-shave treatment and moisturize immediately after shaving.


Seaweed Cleansing Soap Seaweed Cleansing Soap

Soft bits of seaweed gently exfoliate and cleanse in this creamy, non-foaming, non-drying cleanser.

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Peppermint Shaving Cream Peppermint Shaving Cream

Mario Badescuís formulation is rich and moisturizing, made with cooling peppermint. Concentrated, non-foaming cream.

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Pre-shave Conditioner Pre-Shave Conditioner

Made with Chamomile and Lavender for softening the sensitive beard area before shaving. Alleviates shaving discomfort.

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Protein After Shave Lotion Protein After Shave Lotion

When used immediately after shaving, the skin will be instantly disinfected, calmed and cooled from any shaving irritation with this cooling liquid. Contains Allantoin, a skin protecting ingredient that promotes healing.

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Vitamin A & E Hydrating Balm Vitamin A & E Hydrating Balm

This multi-purpose balm can be used as a post-shave treatment for cooling and soothing effects or for an extra boost of moisture and skin nourishing vitamins under daily moisturizer.

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Special Healing Powder Special Healing Powder

A light dusting of this healing powder will minimize irritation from razor burn, razor bumps that have been cut open or active acne eruptions. Quickly heals areas surrounding ingrown hairs or infected acne pimples.

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After Shave Moisturizer After Shave Moisturizer

Provides soothing relief after shaving as it moisturizes and hydrates skin as part of your skin care regimen, day and night. Contains Algae Extra, an anti-inflammatory ingredient beneficial for sensitive skin.

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