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Friday, June 20, 2008

Avoiding razor burns seems a lot easier than dealing with a painful rash. The following includes information on treatment, skin care to avoid razor burn, and preventative measures. The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is right.
Purchase good razors. The gender specific ones are really nice, but make sure they are affordable enough to make discarding them after a few uses. The more times you must go over the same area, the more likely you are to get razor burn.
Take your time; don't rush through. Shaving should be no more often than once a day at the end of or after a shower or bath. If the skin is softened from the steam, it will make your results much better. The razors weight should be enough pressure to take off the hair. You should not push into the skin.
Apply lotions 30 minutes after finishing your shower. This will allow for your pores to close before and minimize irritation.
Treat razor burn with aloe vera gel. The aloe vera allows for protection from the environment and has analgesic qualities that reduce swelling, soothe the irritation, and form a barrier which protects the skin from infection and promotes healing.
Cortisone cream will also help with the redness and discomfort

If you are unsteady in the shower while shaving, take a bath. This makes for greater stability when reaching distant areas and placing the razor at awkward angles.
Leave the shaving cream on for at least 1 minute before shaving, this allows it to do its JOB!
Avoid shaving if you have razor burn.

Just like facial acne, back and chest acne are very common because there are so many sebaceous glands on these parts of the body. You may also develop acne on your shoulders, arms and even butt. Body acne can appear in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, pustules, and cysts or legions, which can not only be pesky, but also painful.Body acne is not always easy to treat, especially on the hard-to-reach back area, and is often more difficult to treat than facial acne because body skin is thicker. But with the right regimen, it can be successfully treated. Here are some effective tips on how to get rid of body acne:

Wash the acne-prone areas daily using an anti-bacterial soap with a salicylic acid-based cleanser and SD alcohol 40.
Gently use a loofah and exfoliating scrub while you’re in the shower to get rid of dead skin cells. Do not scrub the area roughly, which will only increase irritation and inflammation.
Wash acne-prone areas immediately after heavy perspiration. Take a shower as soon as you can after you’re done exercising or sweating heavily on a hot day.
Keep your facial and body skin clean every day and be careful not to trigger acne or rashes by wearing very tight clothing or heavy backpacks.
Wear breathable fabrics, like cotton, in order to induce evaporation of sweat.
Use a body cleanser specifically for fighting acne. Something that washes out the debris in your pores to help keep them clean.
Avoid using heavy creams and lotions on affected areas.

* Understand that body acne is different then facial acne. The pores on the body are much different than the pores that are on your face, so they must be treated differently.
* If you have long hair, get all of the oil and shampoo out of your hair when washing.
* Change your diet. You need to get more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds into your diet. These things provide you with a lot of essential vitamins and minerals that will keep your body acne free.
* Stress causes acne. Try to cut down on the stress in your life.
* Keep in mind that it can take up to six weeks to know whether or not your regimen is working, so don’t give up if you don’t see immediate results.

* Don't scrub your skin roughly. It can cause irritation and inflammation.
* Don't pick at the acne because it can lead to further irritation and possible scarring.


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