having is the most common option to get rid of the unwanted facial and body hair. An unwanted side effect of shaving is razor burn. Regardless of your gender, you are likely to develop the unsightly skin condition if you use the razor blade inappropriately to shave off the hair. According to a study, in the United States men on average shave 5.33 times a week or 24 times per month, while women on average shave 11 times a month. Though there are a number of hair removal options, almost 94 percent women in the US who remove hair prefer using a razor blade for the purpose.  If your skin is sensitive, you have a higher risk of experiencing razor burns. 
Razor burn is a type of skin irritation that occurs by shaving with a razor blade. It is also associated with shaving nicks and cuts. Shaving burns are often accompanied by mild rashes known as razor bumps. These are caused by ingrown hair. It may take a few hours up to several days for the rashes to clear. Usually, when razor burns and razor bumps occur simultaneously, an infected pustule or raised welt forms around the affected area.  When the shaved off portion of the hair is too sharp, a razor burn can progress into pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB). People with curly hair are especially susceptible to this problem as the shaved hair tends to turn back into the skin, leading to ingrown hair.
Reducing razor induced irritation while shaving is the best way to diminish razor burn and problems related to it. If you are susceptible to razor burns, to minimize irritation, instead of shaving daily, shave every other day. When shaving, make sure that your skin is loose and not taut. Avoid shaving the same area several times. Use an antibacterial cleanser that is mild and fragrance free. To fight infections, add one to two drops of pure tea tree oil to the shaving cream. 
How To Get Rid Of Razor Burns
There are a number of natural remedies that help in providing quick relief from razor burns and can also help in minimizing recurrent razor burns.
1. Coconut Oil
To reduce skin irritation that occurs during shaving, rub coconut oil on the skin after shaving. Coconut oil soothes the irritated skin and does not clog the pores. It is therefore considered an effective remedy for razor burn. It also helps to apply coconut oil to the skin before shaving.  Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a potent antimicrobial compound. To keep the skin smooth after shaving and reducing risk of razor burns, consider using pre-shave oil that combines coconut oil with safflower oil. Safflower oil contains linoleic acid, which is known for its anti-inflammatory effect. This combination of oils helps in keeping the skin and hair soft and fights redness, inflammation and infections of the skin. The pre-shave oil ensures a closer and smooth shave without irritation and ingrown hair. Prepare the pre-shave oil by combining one tablespoon each of extra-virgin cold pressed coconut oil and safflower oil. Before applying the oil, place a warm washcloth for five minutes on the area to be shaved. Massage the oil into the skin and leave it for ten minutes. Place a warm towel on the skin for five minutes and then shave. 
2. Aloe Vera
For fast relief from razor burn, apply aloe vera gel to the affected area. Apart from soothing the area, it hydrates the skin.  Combining aloe vera gel with a number of soothing and hydrating ingredients can also help in cooling the irritated skin. In a 5-ounce spray bottle put two teaspoons of jojoba oil, eight drops of sandalwood essential oil, eight drops of lavender essential oil, ten drops of geranium essential oil, and one-fourth of a cup each of witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Replace the cap of the bottle and shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Spray the mixture on the shaved area. 
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Acetic acid, the main constituent of apple cider vinegar, is known for its mild anesthetic effect, which helps in reducing pain and soothes the razor burn. To ease razor burn, you can apply apple cider vinegar to the freshly shaved skin. Mix five tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with three tablespoons of vodka or witch hazel. If desired, add few drops of essential oil of your choice such as cedarwood, cinnamon, bay, grapefruit, bergamot or clove. Take a small amount of the mixture on a cotton ball and dab it on the shaved area. 
To soothe the irritated skin, apply mashed or pureed cucumber to the affected area. Cucumber is known for its beneficial effect on the skin.  Skin irritation after shaving can be reduced with the help of cucumber based after-shave. Combine two tablespoons of cucumber juice with one tablespoon of aloe vera juice and five to six ounces of witch hazel (should not contain alcohol). 
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda solution when applied to the freshly shaved skin helps in providing fast relief from razor burn. To minimize irritation while shaving, people with sensitive skin can also rub baking soda solution on the skin before shaving. To make the baking soda solution, dissolve one tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water. Dab the solution on the shaved area. 
Tea contains tannin, which helps in reducing inflammation. When applied directly to the irritated shaved area, tea helps in providing quick relief. Soak a tea bag in water until it absorbs enough water. Squeeze the tea bag to remove the excess liquid and hold it against the razor burn.  If the tea bag is not available, splashing lukewarm tea on the irritated skin can also help in alleviating the discomfort. Tea also seems to help in fighting infections that may occur following a razor burn. 
Honey is known for its antibacterial property. The healing property of honey is attributed to proteins synthesized by bees. It helps in soothing burns and fighting skin infections.  Spread a thin layer of honey on the razor burn. Let it sit on the skin until the skin cools. Rinse off with warm water. 
To calm the irritation induced by razor burn, spread plain yogurt on the shaved skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is known to soothe the skin and reduces the redness and pain. Leave the yogurt on the skin for five minutes. Wash it off with water and pat the skin dry. 
9. Cold Water
Applying cold compress to the shaved skin helps in relieving the discomfort of the razor burn quickly. Apart from applying a cold compress, the discomfort can be reduced by splashing cold water on the affected area. Add few drops of lavender, calendula or chamomile essential oil and vitamin E oil to the cold water for better result. These essential oils help in reducing irritation and redness of the skin. 
10. Olive Oil
For the skin vulnerable to razor burn, olive oil is known to be an effective remedy. Olive oil adds moisture to the skin and can be used instead of shaving cream. For a smooth shave, lubricate the skin with olive oil. It helps minimize razor burn.  For better result, combine olive oil with jojoba oil and essential oils of lavender, frankincense and myrrh that are known for their skin repairing and healing properties.
Mix two teaspoons each of olive oil, jojoba oil and calendula macerated oil, one drop of lavender essential oil, two drops of myrrh essential oil and five drops of frankincense essential oil. After mixing all these ingredients, store the mixture of oil in a sterilized bottle. Before shaving, wet the skin with hot water. Take eight to ten drops of the oil mixture and massage into the skin. Shave in the direction of the hair growth. With cold water rinse the shaved area.  For quick relief from razor burn irritation mix two to three drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of olive oil and apply it to the affected area. 
To alleviate the itching and burning induced by razor burn, use homemade comfrey salve. This natural remedy is known to work on sensitive skin. To prepare the salve you will need one-third of a cup or 76 grams of dried comfrey leaves, one and a half tablespoons of coconut oil, one-fourth of a cup or 55 grams of softened beeswax, one and a half cups of water and twenty drops of lavender essential oil. Pour the water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the comfrey leaves and steep the herbs for two hours. Strain the liquid. In a saucepan pour one cup of the comfrey infusion and warm it on low heat. Add the coconut oil and beeswax. Allow the beeswax to melt. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the lavender essential oil. Store the salve in a sterilized container and should be stored in a cool & dark place. Use the salve as needed. This salve should not be applied to deep cuts and wounds that bleed profusely. 
12. Almond Oil
Almond oil works as a lubricating agent that helps in protecting the sensitive skin from razor burn. It is usually combined with other soothing and moisturizing ingredients and the mixture is applied to the skin before shaving. To prepare a shaving cream that helps in fighting the painful razor burn and assists in shaving the sensitive area, you will need one tablespoon of almond oil, one-third of a cup of aloe vera gel, one teaspoon of vitamin E oil, five drops of eucalyptus oil, one-fourth of a cup of distilled warm water and one-fourth of a cup of liquid castile soap. Mix all the ingredients well. Store the mixture in a bottle. Use a generous amount of the mixture. 
You can also make an excellent shaving cream for the razor burn prone skin by combining sweet almond oil and coconut oil. The ingredients you will need are two tablespoons of sweet almond oil, three tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil, four tablespoons of shea butter, and two teaspoons of tea tree oil and ten to twelve drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Put the shea butter and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl. Heat the shea butter and coconut oil mixture on medium heat. Stir the mixture. Allow the shea butter to melt and mix with the oil, and then remove the pan from the heat. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill the mixture until it solidifies partially. Whisk the mixture until it becomes creamy. Store it in a jar and use as needed. 
For fast relief from the razor burn discomfort, apply mashed avocado to the red and itchy area of the skin. Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats and vitamins A, D and E. It helps soothe and cool the irritated area and reduces inflammation. 
The common practice of shaving with soap tends to dry the skin, which makes the skin susceptible to razor burn. The dry skin feels tight and uncomfortable. To fight razor burn, shaving with oil is considered an effective option. Shaving oil gives a smooth, close shave. In addition, it cleans the skin and keeps it moisturized. Rich quality oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil or sesame oil is suitable for oil shave. Avoid cheaper vegetable oils such as corn oil and peanut oil for shaving.
If desired, add five to ten drops of your favorite essential oil to a cup of olive or any other shave oil. On warm wet skin, massage a small amount of oil and then shave. Rinse and pat the skin dry. Before applying the shave oil, it helps to scrub the skin with baking soda paste. This helps exfoliate the dead skin and makes the hair soft and reduces risk of infections. However, daily scrubbing is harsh on the skin. Scrubbing once or twice a week is usually considered sufficient. Thoroughly rinse off the baking soda before shaving. 
Shaving without properly lubricating the skin is a common cause of razor burn. Shaving the dry skin, using a blunt razor and shaving the same area repeatedly are common causes of razor burn. Improving the shaving technique helps in keeping your skin free from razor burns.