When it comes to shaving, are you too close for comfort? Razor burn can be a real pain for men and women alike. From an unsightly red rash to those blistering bumps, the aftermath of a bad shave can linger for a long time to come. Obviously, the only guaranteed way to avoid razor rash is to stop shaving altogether. However, most women have no desire to take this route. Razor burn occurs because you are peeling away the top layer of skin. Here are some effective ways to avoid the burn. Prior to shaving, soak in the bathtub or shower for 10 to 15 minutes. This allows the skin some time to get hydrated. While using soap might not seem like a bad idea, stick to gels and creams made specifically for shaving. It’s important to follow the direction in which the hair grows. That’s usually downwards. So steer clear of going against the grain. More than likely, you’ll want to swap out razor blades after two uses. Shaving with a dull blade can cause issues as well. When you get out of the shower, use a lotion to lock in moisture. Products with aloe vera are usually most effective. If you are prone to razor burn, you may want to invest in an electric razor. Once the damage is done, there are still measures you can take to deal with the aftermath. Almond oil, cocoa butter and hydrocortisone cream can all alleviate irritation and redness. Go easy on the hydrocortisone cream as it can lead to further complications. Make a paste out of aspirin and warm water. Apply it to the affected area and leave on for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Chamomile tea bags can also come in handy. Soak in cold water or refrigerate. Place tea bag on area for 10 to 15 minutes. Diaper rash cream and vitamin A & E ointment will also ease the pain.