The alcohol in aftershave can sting when it comes into contact with nicks or cuts on the face.

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The alcohol in aftershave can sting when it comes into contact with nicks or cuts on the face. Aftershave has antibacterial properties that burn or sting. It’s killing thebacteria that could lead to future razor burn.

Is It Normal For Aftershave To Sting?

When it comes into contact with nicks and cuts or the new layers of skin after shaving, aftershave has antibacterial properties that burn or sting. It’s killing thebacteria that could lead to future razor burn, but can cause a stinging sensation during application. [0]

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Does Aftershave Irritate Your Skin?

The fundamental problem with aftershaves is that they have a high alcohol content and this can cause irritation if you have sensitive skin and it can be even worse if you already have dry skin. [3]

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Why Does My After Shave Burn?

There is a type of skin irritation called razor burn. Once the hair grows back in, there are razor bumps. Dry shaving, using old razors, or shaving in the opposite direction than the hair grows are some of the causes of razor burn. [4]

How Long Does After Shave Burn?

It usually clears up within 2 or 3 days. It can take 2 weeks or more for razor bumps to go away and you may have to shave again. If your symptoms don’t go away within a few weeks, talk with a healthcare professional to rule out other causes. [5]

Sources:

  1. https://www.theenglishshavingcompany.com/en_gb/blog/why-does-aftershave-burn/
  2. https://www.menshealth.com/uk/style/grooming/a746246/q-are-aftershaves-really-bad-for-the-skin-291834/
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-razor-burn
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-razor-burn-last

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