Are your going for a dinner date or want to wear a great dress for a night out? Then you have to shave your hands or legs to remove unwanted hair to look beautiful.
So, bumps are not new to anyone who uses a razor on any part of the body (either in hands or legs). This is a common problem faced by both men and women. Razor bumps or razor burn is caused due to the improper usage of shaving tools and products.
It occurs when the hair follicles get infected with the bacteria or when the hair follicles either fails to exit the skin while re-growing or twist back around and re-enters the skin in another place. It appears on the legs, arms and neck are the most common places. The ingrown hairs or the appearance of red bumps after shaving causes burning sensation, itching, swollen and painful.
Razor rash, bikini bumps, razor burn, shaving bumps, etc. are similar names related to this razor bumps. The other causes for razor burn include dull blade, using a hard soap, sensitive skin, curly hair, shaving when the length of hair is too short, women using men’s razor, shaving dry & unconditioned skin.
Raised or inflamed bumps, rashes, burning sensation, irritation, pain, and swelling are some symptoms experienced by those who suffer from razor bumps.
It causes a lot of irritation and discomfort but no worries, as there are many natural remedies that help you to soothe the razor bumps and thereby gives quick relief from the pain and problem.
Home Remedies for Razor Bumps:
Here are some of the best ways that give relief from the razor bumps naturally at home. Follow these below mentioned home remedies whenever you suffer from razor burns to get rid of them faster.
Let’s get started…
Remedy – 1: (Cold Compress)
A cold compress is an effective way which gives an instant relief from the burning sensation, irritation, and itching caused by razor bumps. It helps to soothe the area to reduce the pain and inflammation along with redness and itching.
- Using this cold compresses as a first aid and reduce redness and itching to prevent razor bumps from forming.
- Take a few ice cubes and wrap it in a thin towel.
- Place this ice pack as a cold compress on the affected areas.
- Leave it for a few minutes and take out the compress.
- Repeat the same action for several times daily until you get rid of the problem.
- Or simply soak a cloth in cold water and place it on the affected areas. Leave it for a few minutes and take it out. Continue this process several times daily.
- Or else splash your skin with cold water immediately after shaving to prevent razor burn.
- Also, follow some hot compress by dipping a clean cotton cloth in warm water and place it on the affected areas for a few minutes. This will open the skin pores and let the hair in the affected area to get free. But make sure to follow this remedy right after shaving.
Remedy – 2: (Apple Cider Vinegar)
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) exhibits anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help to skin to heal quickly from the swelling and burning sensation along with preventing the bacterial action.
It has acetic acid that helps to prevent the formation of infection and itching. Regular usage of ACV will balance your skin’s pH levels and give quick relief from razor bumps.
- Take some apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a small bowl.
- If you’ve dry or sensitive skin then dilute ACV with some water.
- Apply this mix to the affected areas by using a cotton ball.
- Let it air dry naturally and rinse the area with water.
- Continue doing the same process for 2 – 3 times daily until you get relief from the burning sensation.
Note: Just like ACV, baking soda will help to relieve the irritation. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water and apply it on the affected skin by soaking a cotton ball. Rinse with cool water after 5 minutes.
Remedy – 3: (Aloe Vera)
Aloe vera exhibits soothing and cooling nature makes it a great choice for treating your razor burn. It gives instant soothing relief from the burning sensation and inflammation. It helps to keep the skin well moisturized for a longer time and thereby speed up the healing process.
- Take an aloe vera leaf and extract its gel.
- Apply it all over the affected area and rub it gently for few minutes.
- Let it dry naturally and then wash the area with cold water.
- Continue following the same process for 2 – 3 times daily for a period of 3 – 4 days.
Remedy – 4: (Black Tea)
Black tea contains tannic acid that helps to reduce the redness and inflammation caused by razor burns. So, the intake of black tea does not only make you healthy but also helps to get rid of razor burn.
- Take a black tea bag and dip it in warm water.
- Let it sit for a few minutes and take out the tea bag.
- Allow the tea bag to cool down to room temperature and place it in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
- Now place this chilled tea bag over the affected area and rub it gently for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Continue doing the same process for several times daily till you get rid of the problem.
Note: Also, try green tea bags or any other herbal tea bags instead of black tea bags.
Remedy – 5: (Honey)
Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties that help to reduce the swelling and inflammation along with moisturizing the skin to treat your razor bump fast. It also prevents the area from getting infected.
Here are few ways of using honey for razor bumps.
- Take some raw honey and spread it directly on the irritated skin. Leave it to dry naturally and then rinse the area with cold water. Pat dry the skin and repeat the same process several times daily.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of organic honey in 1/2 tablespoon of plain yogurt and stir well. Apply it on the affected areas and massage gently. Let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes and wash the area with lukewarm water. Repeat the same process for 3 – 4 times daily till you healed the razor bumps.
Remedy – 6: (Cucumber)
Cucumber has skin hydrating and skin soothing anti-inflammatory properties that help you in dealing with razor bumps. The vitamins C & K in cucumber will help to relieve your pain and itching.
Here are a few ways of using cucumber for razor bumps.
- Take a medium sized fresh cucumber and cut it into slices. Place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Take out and use it to rub the affected area gently for 10 minutes at a time. Leave it for few minutes and rinse off with water. Regular follow up will heal the skin quickly.
- Make a puree of 1/2 a cucumber and add it to 1/4 cup of milk. Stir well and refrigerate it for a few minutes. After that, apply it to the affected areas and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse the area with warm water and do the same process for twice daily.
- Simply apply the freshly extracted cucumber juice to the affected area using a cotton pad. Rinse off after a few minutes.
Remedy – 7: (Tea Tree Oil)
Tea tree oil is another best remedy with its rich content of antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help you in dealing with razor burns and its symptoms.
- Mix 3 – 5 drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Stir well and apply it on the irritated skin.
- Massage gently for few minutes and rinse off with water after 10 – 15 minutes.
- Continue doing this application for twice daily until you get rid of the problem.
Note: Or simply mix 5 drops of tea tree oil in 2 tablespoons of water. Stir well and spread it on the affected area. Rinse off after 10 minutes with lukewarm water. Do it twice daily.
Remedy – 8: (Oatmeal)
Being rich in skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, oatmeal works well in alleviating the inflammation and skin irritation that caused due to the razor burns.
- Take equal quantities of finely ground oatmeal and plain yogurt in a bowl.
- Add some raw honey to it and stir well to make a fine paste.
- Spread this paste on the affected areas and wait for 30 minutes.
- Rinse the area with lukewarm water and continue doing the same process for once or twice daily.
Remedy – 9: (Witch Hazel)
The powerful antibacterial and astringent properties of witch hazel will help to heal your razor bumps in a faster way by reducing the blemishes or bruising. But never apply witch hazel on a dry or sensitive skin without diluting it.
- Take some witch hazel and apply it directly to the affected areas.
- Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse the area with water.
- Dry the skin gently and repeat the same process regularly to reduce redness, irritation, and itching.
Note: Just like witch hazel, lemon is also a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory. Slather some fresh lemon juice diluted in water on the irritated skin and rub gently using a cotton ball. After few minutes, rinse the area with water.
Tips and Precautions:
- Aspirin is like an NSAID’s that helps to reduce the redness and inflammation. Place 2 aspirins in 1 teaspoon of warm water and let it sit for some time to dissolve and turns into a paste. Use it to rub on the affected skin and rinse off with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. Do it 1 – 2 times daily.
- Shave your unwanted hair in the body after taking bath or shower and use good quality shaving creams to prevent these razor bumps or razor burns.
- Use proper shaving techniques or choose other ways to remove your unwanted hairs like waxing or hair removal creams (in case of women) for men, use a clean needle to release the shaft while you notice a razor bump forming.
- Applying hydrocortisone cream to the affected skin bumps will keep the irritation and inflammation at bay. Also, the application of some soothing natural oils like coconut oil, almond or vitamin E oil, olive oil, etc. will help to relieve your pain and irritation.
- Moisturizing the shaved area immediately will help to prevent the irritation and appearance of bumps on the skin. Also, make sure to shave in the direction of hair growth rather than in the opposite direction of hair growth for a safe shaving.
- Always use good soap bars rather than rough or hard bards for proper shaving without forming any bumps on the skin.
- Never ever shave your skin without wetting, as wetting the skin will help to soften the hair and remove it easily. Also, avoid the use of alcohol-based products, as it leaves your skin dries and worsen the problem.
- Avoid scratching the affected area, as it makes the skin more infected and spread the bacteria. So, avoid touching the affected skin area too much.
The usage of natural remedies at home will act as a first aid and heal the razor bumps effectively by soothing the skin. So, try these home remedies to get rid of the razor burns.
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