Almost every person shaves at one point or another in their life, and everyone who shaves will eventually have to get rid of those eventual razor bumps fast. Those of you whose skin is sensitive and prone to razor bumps and ingrown hairs need to pay extra attention. This “razor rash” occurs when hair follicles get infected with bacteria and become red and inflamed. Razor bumps on the arms, legs and neck are the most common places but are by no means the only ones hair bumps may show up.
These ingrown hairs or the appearance of red bumps after shaving are very often itchy, painful, and even unsightly. It makes sense to you want to get these off your body as soon as possible. We have put together a quick guide with the best tips on how to help you remove your razor bumps fast.
What Are Razor Bumps?
First, let’s talk a little more about razor bumps actually are. Known officially as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (and unofficially as other names like bikini bumps or razor rash), this condition is usually caused by shaving. When the hair follicle either fails to exit the skin while regrowing or twists back around and reenters the skin in another place, the skin will react and form red pimply bumps. The irritation itself is caused by the body assuming that this rogue hair is an intruder and responds to it as such.
So, regardless of whether you’re suffering from bikini bumps, razor bumps, razor rash, shaving bumps, etc. They are all the same problem.
How to Avoid Ingrown Hair From Appearing.
One of the best ways to stop red razor bumps is to prevent them from showing up in the first place. There are number of steps you can take to ensure you’re reducing your risk for these bumps as much as possible:
- Make sure your razor is sharp and doesn’t have any nicks or dings in it. A dull blade is more prone to pulling on and irritating the skin, and causing uneven growth in the hairs. Change your blades often, and if the problem persists with a new razor, consider an upgrade.
- Dry your blades after use to prevent rust and increase its longevity.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth in sensitive areas. Shaving against hair growth will also cause more pulling in irritation to your skin. Although you may not get as close a shave shaving with the direction of the hair, it will contribute much less trauma to your skin.
- Ensure you are applying shaving cream that helps moisten your skin and soften the hairs. You can use a moisturizer after shaving as well to soothe and prevent irritation.
- Remember you may not need to shave every day. Constant shaving may not give the area proper time to recover and heal before you’re dragging a blade right back over it.
Ten Home Remedies for Razor Bumps
There are plenty of expensive creams out there that can help relieve your razor burn, but why pay when you don’t have to? Shaving has been around since before the era of Caesar, and thus cures for the side effects of shaving are many. Many of these cures are made from items you will already have lying around your house.
Take a look through the list and see which natural home remedies for shaving bumps are available to you. Test them out (ensuring you are smart about how you apply things like astringents to sensitive areas of your skin) and see which methods work best for you.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil comes from the Tea Tree leaf and is a natural but very strong antibacterial solution. The antibiotic and astringent properties of Tea Tree oil come in very handy for treating and cleansing areas of your body affected by the appearance of razor bumps. Bacteria will slow the healing process and need to be dealt with, while astringent will tighten your pores and protect them from future issues.
Since Tea Tree oil is so strong, you are going to want to dilute it with water. Take this mixture and use a cotton ball to apply it to your razor bumps. This should quickly alleviate swelling and speed up the healing process.
You can also add some of the Tea Tree oil to a bath for a relaxing and soothing soak.
2. Aloe Vera
Due to the healing and antibacterial nature of Aloe Vera, it can be used on everything from sunburns to eczema and psoriasis. People have even been known to mix Aloe Vera into different foods and drinks for a healthy boost.
Aloe Vera will kill bacteria, soothe and moisturize your skin. The gel of the plant is so effective on your skin you can even use it as a shaving cream. Aloe can also help you treat those white spot on lips which are really annoying. Just cut a piece off of the Aloe Vera plant and apply the internal gel substance directly to your problem areas. Before and after shaving. If you go for the store-bought kind, make sure to get a brand that doesn’t use artificial fragrances and colors.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a Cure It All remedy that shows up for many diverse and surprising things. This home remedy is very versatile, apple cider vinegar typically works great for relieving itching, inflammation, and reducing your risk for infection. To treat razor burns with apple cider vinegar use a cotton ball to apply the vinegar evenly to the affected zone. Let the area you apply the vinegar to dry out, then rinse with water and pat dry.
This should not only relieve the symptoms but actively promote the healing process as well.
If you have sensitive skin or your razor bumps are in a sensitive area make sure to dilute the vinegar with water before applying.
A treatment that works naturally, but may sound strange at first, is using honey on the areas of your skin affected by razor bumps. Honey is actually an excellent antiseptic and will also hydrate your skin. Apply the honey to your problem area and let it sit for about five minutes, then wash your face with water and pat dry. Bee honey is also good for removing dark circles under your eyes. This nice one-two from the honey will help relieve the symptoms of the razor burn while eliminating the bacteria slowing down the healing process.
5. Use a Compress
A compress is directly applying pressure to an area using a soft or absorbent material. This is used to relieve symptoms like inflammation.
A hot compress will help your pores open up which will reduce your risk for razor bumps. Dip a towel or something similar into water that is warm enough to have an effect, but cool enough as not to cause you unnecessary discomfort. Press the cloth to the area for a few minutes at a time -rewarming the towel as needed.
A cold compress, on the other hand, can help relieve redness, itchiness, and irritation in areas where bumps are likely to appear, or already are.
One of those cold freezer packs works well, or you can just wrap a bunch of ice in a towel and use that. Frozen vegetables can also be used as a cold compress.
6. Baby Powder
Baby powder can be used as a substitute for an aftershave and works great on sensitive areas. Sprinkle small amounts of baby powder onto the problem area and gently rub it around. This will cool the area and soothe any irritation you are suffering from. Baby powder works great in this way due to its cooling properties and ability to calm inflammation. Baby powder also smells great and will leave your skin feeling soft.
If you are having a problem but the area is much too sensitive for vinegar, try baby powder as an easy and gentle solution.
7. Baking Soda
Another simple home remedy found to relieve razor burn fast is using baking soda and water. Baking soda fights against all kinds of itching symptoms and has anti-inflammatory effects that help with other symptoms caused by everything from allergies to bug bites.
Take a bowl of water and add baking soda until you have a paste-like consistency that you can work with. Spread this mixture over the affected area. Baking soda will relieve the itching and pain that accompanies the rash.
A common rule is to mix three parts water with one part baking powder and apply the mixture using your finger or a cotton swab. Let it stay on the skin for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off and pat drying.
8. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of those amazing cures that seem to pop up as a treatment or fix for a mind blowing number of things. This miracle organic coconut oil is good for the skins overall health and for keeping it soft and smooth. It provides moisturizing effects as well as providing nutrients and protection to the skin. It also smells pretty great. You can add exfoliating elements to your coconut oil by adding sugar and creating a coconut and sugar scrub.
Relieve rashes, moisturize skin, give your hair nutrients and reduce bacteria all at once.
9. Witch Hazel
Another good razor bump treatment. Witch Hazel is a potent antibacterial and anti-stringent that comes from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel plant. The extract of this plant has been used for its medicinal qualities dating back to before the Europeans arrived in the Americas. Witch Hazel can be very powerful, so if you have sensitive skin, it may be necessary to dilute it before applying. Again this can be implemented using a small cotton ball or cotton swab.
Witch Hazel is also a natural astringent and is often used to help reduce bruising and blemishes as well.
Cucumbers are used in a variety of ways to help the skin heal. You can simply take a slice of cucumber and rub it gently over the problem area for a few minutes; this should hydrate and soothe the area. Chill the cucumber in the freezer for a few minutes for an added soothing effect.
You can also make a makeshift cream with cucumbers and milk. Smash or dice the cucumber and mix it with the milk. Apply this creation to your razor burn and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.