Razor rash, which appears as red, bumpy patches of skin, is caused by bacteria or a dull razor blade. Electric razors don't show the signs of wear as easily as the disposable variety, and it is easy to forget to change the blade. The screen and cutter of an electric razor should be replaced once a year. Razor rashes are itchy and uncomfortable enough to make sure that you never make this mistake again, but in the meantime, irritated skin needs a bit of extra care. Soothe and cure electric razor rash with some home remedies.
Soak a clean cloth in cold water and wring it out completely. Hold it against the affected skin to numb the area.
Pour 1/4 cup of water into a bowl and drop two tablets of aspirin into the water. Allow the tablets to dissolve and mix with a spoon to create a mixture. Smooth the mixture over the rash and allow it to set for five minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently pat the area dry with a towel. Aspirin reduces inflammation and irritation.
Soak a cotton pad in witch hazel and gently smooth it over the area. Witch hazel tightens skin and promotes healing.
Smooth a dime-sized amount of 1 percent hydrocortisone cream over the area with your fingertip. This amount covers 2 square inches of skin and reduces swelling and itching.
Shave at night or wait at least 20 minutes after you wake up, working in the direction of hair growth to prevent razor burn. Skin is swollen in the morning, which makes nicks more likely.
Store your razor in a clean and dry place to avoid bacteria build up.
Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.