Although it may feel like your legs are on fire, razor burn is a skin irritation that occurs when you rush through shaving, use a dull razor or too little shaving cream. Aside from the uncomfortable burning sensation, razor irritation is often accompanied by small bumps called pseudofolliculitis barbae, which aren't dangerous and fade along with the redness and irritation within a few days. Use the proper technique and razor to prevent razor burn, and treat it with a variety of products and home remedies.
Rub an ice pack over your legs. If the razor burn is localized, hold it against the irritated area to decrease the pain. A bag of frozen vegetables or a zippered plastic bag filled with ice will also offer relief.
Create a paste with two aspirin tablets and 1 tablespoon warm water. Add more aspirin or water if necessary. Apply the paste directly to the affected area. The combination of the aspirin and water offers soothing relief, according to Alliance Healing Arts.
Rub aloe vera gel over your red, irritated legs. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, break or slice open one of the leaves. Apply the gelatinous substance directly on your legs.
Create a mixture of 2 tablespoons tea tree oil and 1 cup cool water in a plastic spray bottle. Lay your legs on a towel and spray the mixture on the affected areas.
Fill a plastic basin with 1 gallon warm water. Add one or two packets of plain instant oatmeal. Set the basin on a towel, sit on the edge of the tub and rub the oatmeal over your legs. Allow the oatmeal to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off the oatmeal in the tub.
Apply a layer of cocoa butter to your legs. Choose a pure cocoa butter that contains no dyes or perfumes from a health food cooperative and apply it liberally to the irritated, sore areas of your legs.
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- Prevent razor irritation by shaving with a fresh razor each time. Never dry shave, and choose a moisturizing shaving cream or gel.
Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.
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