How to Stop the Itch After Shaving

by Lisa Huston ; Updated September 28, 2017

Shaving doesn't have to be itchy.

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Having smooth, silky skin is desirable and often achieved through shaving. Sometimes after shaving, an itchiness develops on the legs or other areas of the body. Scratching will only irritate the area and might lead to infection. Luckily, there are a few tips and remedies that will stop the irritation and give you relief.

Step 1

Shave with a fresh blade. Never use an old blade since razors can easily cause irritation. Nowadays, shavers come in three, four or five blades. All will achieve the same results and deliver a smooth shave. These multi-blade shavers help reduce pressure for less irritation to the skin.

Step 2

Use warm water to shave. Hot water extracts moisture, causing more irritation. For delicate areas of the body, use products that are hydrating such as shaving creams and gels, which create a thick lather. Products that contain alcohol or fragrances have a tendency to cause irritation. Some gentle body washes can be used on less-than delicate areas. If the area is super sensitive, a pre-shaving oil is highly recommended to stop any irritation.

Step 3

Immediately after shaving, use a good moisturizer that does not contain fragrances. Vitamin E, lavender or tea tree oils are very soothing and will help relieve itchiness. It only takes a small dab to do the trick. If the itching persists, use a stronger treatment such as hydrocortisone to reduce swelling and itching.


  • If an inflammation appears on the skin from shaving, it could be a condition called folliculitis, which is an infection of the hair follicles. Symptoms are red rashes, pus-filled lesions or pimples. Using a mild antibacterial soap with a wet cloth applied several times a day to prevent spreading. Contact a dermatologist if the symptoms persist.

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About the Author

With over 25 years of writing experience, Lisa Huston worked in city government with experience in zoning and urban planning, writing ordinances and policies. She specializes in research and technical writing, and she holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and minor in Film and Media Studies.