How to Prevent Razor Burn, Even If You Have Sensitive Skin

Posted by Otis Skincare

You shouldn’t have to suffer razor burn every morning just because you want your face to feel clean-shaven and smooth.

If you shave every day, and you have sensitive skin, you’re probably no stranger to razor bumps, ingrown hairs, irritation, as well as chronic dryness.

But you (and your handsome face) deserve better than this.

Read on for how to prevent razor burn and leave your sensitive skin feeling calm and looking smooth and healthy every day.

 handsome young man shaving sensitive skin looking in the mirror with towel around neck

Shaving every day can cause irritation in any type of skin, but when your skin is already sensitive extra care is needed.

Equipped with these 5 tips you can shave smoothly and avoid the usual redness, razor burn, painful red bumps and ingrown hairs.

Action Plan to prevent razor burn

Follow these smart shaving tips every day to leave your sensitive skin looking smooth and calm. 

Tip #1 - Prep your skin well 

A smooth, comfortable shave starts with good preparation.

The first thing to do is splash your face gently with warm (not hot!) water. This will open up your pores and soften your facial hair, so that you can shave with less irritation.

A great time to shave is when you’re taking a shower – or just afterwards. Your skin will be warm and moist and your hair will be easier to cut.

It’s the reason that a barber will apply a hot towel to your face when you have a professional shave. You can use the same principal yourself at home. Just use a warm wrung out washcloth to gently heat your skin.

The main thing to remember is that we want your skin to be warm, moist and relaxed.


Tip #2 - Always shave WITH the grain 

Shaving is a skill, and it’s one that is worth perfecting - especially if your skin is sensitive.

The most important thing to remember is to always shave WITH the grain.

It’s tempting, we know, to shave against the direction of hair growth. It seems to give you a closer shave. But really it’s not worth the razor burn! It will aggravate your sensitive skin even more and it can distort the hair follicles causing ingrown hairs to form.


Tip #3 - Use light, easy strokes 

Try to apply minimal pressure. Hold your razor at the very end of the handle, gripping it lightly. Then let the razor do the work. The only pressure applied should come from the weight of the razor.

And use short, confident shaving strokes. And try to avoid going over the same spot several times as this will result in severe irritation.

It’s the hardest shaving skill to master but cutting every hair without having to repeat a spot is how you avoid cuts, scrapes, and razor rash.

Whatever type of razor you prefer, remember to change the blades often. The dull, damaged edge of an over-used razor blade will pull against your skin, causing painful redness and razor burn.

Swapping out your blades every 3-4 shaves will ensure an effortless, pain-free cut.


Tip # 4 – Gently pat dry 

Always pat your face dry very gently after shaving. Your skin is still traumatized, so no rubbing or pulling.

Try to use a soft, clean towel that you keep only for you to use (and only on your face!)


Tip #5 – Moisturize afterwards  

It can take up to 48 hours for your freshly-shaven face to fully heal, and keeping your skin well hydrated during that time is the best defence against irritation and dryness.

While most moisturizers will immediately hydrate your skin, you can up the ante by seeking out those containing ingredients that will soothe, relieve and repair your post-shave skin at the same time. There are many healing ingredients to choose from but Aloe Vera, Allantoin and D-Panthenol are all excellent examples.

In fact, to nourish and repair your sensitive skin after shaving, our Hydrating Daily Moisturiser is tough to beat! It’s been specifically developed to lock in moisture and clinically proven to dramatically increase skin hydration levels for over 8 hours after application.

It also contains Hyaluronic Acid (the gold standard of moisturizing agents) to provide long-term hydration and keep your freshly-shaved skin smooth and supple. At the same time it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, restores elasticity and improves skin texture. Leaving you with a smooth, even-toned complexion.

Plus it’s super-light, absorbs instantly (and painlessly) and won’t leave a greasy film on your face.



One of the keys to reducing sensitivity in your skin is to keep it well-hydrated. So try to moisturize your face every morning and night. As well as after your shave.

The best shaving cream for sensitive skin 

A nourishing shave cream is essential for guys with sensitive skin. It will create a rich barrier between your face and the razor. This will protect your skin and prevent any razor burn. It will also provide lubrication for the shaving process itself, softening your beard and helping maintain your skin’s hydration level too.

Our Protective Shave Cream is enriched with moisturizing Glycerin and enriched with Shea Butter to nourish and protect your skin and Apricot Stone Oil to soften your beard for easier shaving. We’ve also added Aloe Vera to soothe your sensitive skin and purifying Tea Tree Oil to help reduce any redness and irritation.



We’ve got more on preparing your skin well and correct shaving technique here: “SHAVE: 9 Tips For a Pain Free Shave”.


Your Questions Answered 

What is razor burn? 

Razor burn is an irritated redness, accompanied by a stinging sensation, that you can get after shaving your face. If you have sensitive skin, you are probably more susceptible than most to razor burn after shaving.
The irritation is caused by skin being pulled during shaving, and the hair follicles being tugged by the scraping action of the razor blade.

How often should I shave my sensitive skin? 

It’s really a question of how you shave your skin, rather than how often. If you prep your skin well, use a nourishing, protective shaving cream, adopt a good shaving technique and apply a moisturizer afterwards, then it is fine to shave every day if you want to and it shouldn’t cause you any problems.

What helps with razor burn after shaving? 


Keep your skin well hydrated by applying a good quality moisturizer after your shave. This will help your skin to heal from any razor burn and irritation, and to avoid any dryness. Keeping your skin moisturized will also help to reduce sensitivity.

Is shaving every day bad for sensitive skin? 

Dragging a blade across your face is always going to be a traumatic experience for your skin! But if you prepare your skin well, use the correct shaving cream and technique and hydrate your skin well afterwards, then there’s no reason why you can’t comfortably shave every day.


The Takeaway

You shouldn’t have to suffer razor burn and irritation just because you want your face to feel clean-shaven and smooth every day.

Follow these 5 tips for shaving sensitive skin and you’ll have a smooth, comfortable shave that is free from irritation, and will leave your skin looking smooth and feeling calm.

Tip #1 – Prep your skin well

Tip #2 – Always shave WITH the grain

Tip #3 – Use light, easy strokes

Tip #4 – Pat dry gently

Tip #5 – Always moisturize post-shave


All that you need to keep looking handsome. 




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