Why Does Aftershave Burn?

February 21, 2021 5 min read

Why Does Aftershave Burn?

Naked Armor

Aftershaves do not have to hurt.

Published by Naked Armor

Men understand the irritation and cuts that occur after shaving.

If you have read the article on How to Use Aftershave before finding this, I presume you already know the real purpose of aftershaves and all the great things it does to your skin after shaving.

Dr. Sonia Batra, MD, a dermatologist, explains that shaving leaves the skin susceptible to irritation. It creates minor cuts and provides an entry point for microbes. There’s no need to deny that post-shave discomforts include drying out the skin and making it a little prickly and tight.

Luckily, aftershaves are made to be a solution for these problems that occur after you shave. It disinfects your skin, all thanks to its astringent properties that can help eliminate and kill bacteria that cause acne on the face. There are also moisturizing agents present in them that can help soothe the skin, calm redness, and prevent irritation.

Applying aftershave is not necessary, that many consider purchasing it to provide a deluxe finish to a shave. It’s like choosing to wear perfume. However, the burning sensation the aftershave gives makes other men toss it in the trash and decide to quit using it.

They assume that aftershave worsens the skin due to the stinginess.

It is not the case for all aftershaves, though. Aftershave serves its meant purpose like what the experts and dermatologists are claiming. It is essential to know why the after-effect has to be a burning sensation that others, unfortunately, can’t take.

Aftershaves are the hero in eliminating the bacteria that are causing irritation and infection on the skin.

Aftershave is a crucial component in a shave that gives fragrance and protection to your skin. So, why does aftershave burn, and does it have to hurt?

Let’s start with shaving, shall we?

Shaving leaves your skin more sensitive and damaged. Applying aftershave afterward burns due to its antibacterial properties kicking in. Therefore, you will feel a sting once it comes in contact with cuts and nicks you got after shaving. Even contact with the exposed new layers of skin on the face can generate stinginess.

As you shave, the pores present on the skin’s surface open up. The skin’s thin layer on the face peels off with the facial hair. It is almost inevitable to get tiny cuts, and this, along with the opened pores, can get bacteria that settled on the surface to go deeper into the skin, which may lead to infections. Aftershaves alleviate this concern.

There are common ingredients that are present in aftershaves: alcohol, antiseptic, astringent, and fragrance.

In this article, you will learn:

Aftershaves help a lot in soothing your skin and destroying all the bacteria to keep them from penetrating the skin. You just have to be smart in choosing the right aftershaves with best ingredients.

— Derek Dodds, Naked Armor Founder

Alcohol Content of Aftershave

Alcohol will be a problem for people with normal to sensitive skin, which is why it is essential to know whether your skin is sensitive or can take alcohol ingredients without experiencing a dreaded effect. Not knowing if your skin can and cannot handle certain ingredients may lead to unwanted results after trying a facial product.

Antibacterial properties are vital in making aftershaves. These prevent your face from getting rash as it offers protection to your skin against microbes. And traditionally, alcohol achieved this.

It is proven and tested that alcohols are toxic to bacteria. It can destroy microbes and germs through a chemical process called denaturation.

“Denaturation occurs when alcohol molecules bind with the fat membrane encasing a virus or bacteria cell. As the fat membrane breaks down, the inside of the cell—including all of its critical components—becomes exposed. It starts to dissolve, and the cell quickly dies.”

Alcohol content of aftershaves is the culprit for the stinginess especially for men with sensitive skin.

Basically, alcohol destroys the bacteria before they manage to get through the tiny cuts on the skin.

Antiseptics are present in aftershaves, and in most products, these are usually a form of alcohol. Its purpose is for the disinfection of the cuts and nicks you can get from shaving. The astringent seals and unclogs the pores to prevent the microbes from entering the skin’s deep layer.

However, while alcohol helps kill bacteria, we can say that it is the culprit in the burning sensation and the reason for damaged skin. This happens especially if the aftershave has a high alcohol content and your skin is sensitive.

Alcohol-Free Aftershave

Knowing now why aftershave burns, help yourself by checking the aftershave ingredients you are currently using. Confirm whether alcohol is present, and you will get the answer to why you feel stinginess upon every application.

Fortunately, there are ingredients that deliver the very same benefits as alcohol. You even no longer need to tolerate the burning sensation on your face. Not all want that.

There are plenty of safe, high-quality, alcohol-free aftershaves out there that you can purchase. They have astringent properties and are made of non-alcoholic antiseptic agents.

Everyone is familiar with aloe vera, which is known to have various benefits to the skin. It has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties and is one of the natural remedies for burnt skin. It is also a great soothing substance and can help with moisture. No doubt that aloe vera is the common ingredient among aftershaves that are non-alcohol based.

Calendula oil is another that leaves a good and friendly effect on your skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that protect and reduce discomfort to your skin after shaving. It is used as an antiseptic and is gentle enough for all skin types.

Chamomile is also one of the great ingredients of aftershave for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is also being used in other skin products such as serum and toner. It helps you calm your skin and can combat redness and irritation.

Our Hunting Lodge Aftershave and Hawkeye Aftershave use these three ingredients for the mentioned benefits. Along with buckthorn and seaweed extract, you have already found the right aftershave that you want and have been looking for.

You can learn more about natural aftershaves and some essential oils for shaving that carries promising benefits that are great for your skin.

Bottom Line

Do your face a favor by trying natural aftershaves, and it will leave you wanting to repurchase. These alternatives will encourage you to toss out your alcohol-based aftershaves and switch entirely to natural, alcohol-free ones.

They are a lot healthier for your skin, prevent dryness, and keep your face from feeling a burning pain.

Aftershaves do not have to hurt, you know.

Long Rifle Aftershaves

In partnership with artisan soap company Long Rifle, we bring aftershaves handmade right here in good ol' USA. We guarantee the use of only natural ingredients and essential oils that will nourish your face after shaving. Get yours now from our Long Rifle Aftershave collection.

We provide top-of-the-line aftershaves to not only improve your shaving performance but stop the damage shaving can make to your skin. Make sure to check out our new aftershave salve that will be out very soon, made to be your latest holy grail! With common ingredients like beeswax and calendula, our new natural aftershave is sure to meet your needs.

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