It happens to the best of us. After lathering up and performing what we think is the best shave, with the best razor, a day of two later, we notice a breakout of what seems to be zits or pimples on our neck, legs, face, and so on. This phenomenon is known around the world as the dreaded razor burn. But how do we get pimples after shaving? More importantly, we need to determine “>how we get rid of these pimples.

First, the answer to how these unsightly zits are caused is very simple. There are really only four major causes for these pimples after shaving. The first cause of these breakouts comes from the use of the wrong choice in shave cream products. The underlying etiology for all shaving breakouts is some sort of skin problem, such as irritation, which can easily occur if the product used contains an ingredient to which the user is allergic. As it so happens, women’s skin is much more sensitive to men’s, so careful attention must be taken to choose the right shaving product for the sensitive female skin when preparing to shave the legs. The next issue that may cause pimples after shaving is the choice of shaving tool. When a new tool is used, such as an electric razor, irritation will occur. Over time, the skin will form a resistance to this method of shaving, and these zits will stop appearing every time the tool is used. Because of the varying individual reactions that will occur from one person to the next, the most effective way to prevent breakouts due to use of shaving equipment is to employ a bit of a “wait and see” or “trial and error” approach until the right tool is found.


Next, the wrong choice in aftershave product can be a cause of irritation, which invites in the bacteria that causes pimples after shaving. This is especially true for the neck region of men, which is the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes zits. The cause behind this is exactly the same as with the irritation that can occur and cause breakouts related to the wrong choice of shaving cream or foam, so the same approach should be taken to ensure the least minimal irritation related to the choice of aftershave application. It is important to note that it is not just aftershave in the general sense that will cause these breakouts. Aftershave can include the wrong gels, creams, and lotions as well as the traditional splash-on type.
Additionally, the last cause for these pimples can occur from unclean hands or unclean shaving tools, such as a shared or dirty razor. The health implications of introducing bacteria through into a shaving cut from a dirty razor can do much more than cause zits, though. Obviously, the risk of contracting a virus or other very harmful bacteria through the use of a shared or dirty razor should be reason enough not to participate in this behavior.

Moving on, there are many approaches that can be employed in preventing and treating razor burn. By following some of these simple steps, it may be possible to outright eliminate, but at least reduce the amount of skin affected by these breakouts. First, the selection of a quality razor is the most important step. Some people suggest to always use male razors, as many times, there is more attention focused on making female razors appear beautiful than on the actual quality. Next, stretching out the skin on the neck or legs or any skin surface to be shaved can prevent the razor from dragging across the skin, instead employing a gliding method which is less irritating to the skin. Also, many experts recommend using gel or foam as a shaving product as opposed to a dry shave or a soapy lather shave, as this seems to drastically reduce the amount of pimples after shaving. Other tips include using a separate, special razor for sensitive skin areas, such as the bikini line or the neck as well as the recommendation to shave in the direction that the hair is growing. Employing a combination of some or all of these practices can definitely help to reduce the recurrence of these unsightly and irritated zits.

So, let’s say that you have tried all of these methods, and you still get pimples after shaving. First off, you may want to visit a dermatologist to isolate what could be the cause or causes of the recurrences. In the meantime, however, it is important to be aware of special treatments that can help heal the irritated area and kill the bacteria present in the zits. One of the best ointments available for treating these breakouts will ultimately contain a steroid, such as cortisone or hydrocortisone. While there is not too much of an antibacterial component, these lotions serve as anti-inflammatory agents, so they will sooth the irritated area like nothing else. Another tip is to remember not to shave the area again, as compounded irritation will occur, and serious skin infections, such as impetigo, may occur. Alcohol may also be employed in small amounts, to destroy the bacteria inside of the area. One must be careful when applying alcohol to the skin though, as there is a natural process involved that will force the body to actually make the skin oilier than it was to begin with. Other herbal homemade and commercial salves and lotions are also available that have been found to be effective, including products made with chamomile, aloe, and/or aspirin.

Keeping all of this in mind, the problem of zits and pimples after shaving can be a very irritating problem to deal with, especially if it is occurring on a regular basis. However, as described above, there are many different simple methods and practices that have the possibility of eradicating the problem, but at the very least, lessening it dramatically. For most people, these methods will work. For others, there may be no effective solution to the skin problem, but there are a plethora of other options to treat these breakouts and lessen the duration of these zits. Modern science has allowed for the distribution of these helpful hints, and applying these practices and treatments has the capability of turning the problem of pimples after shaving into a problem of the past for so many of those who have suffered from it their entire life.