While shaving is an affordable and quick way to remove unwanted hair, it can have a major drawback: razor burn. A razor burn can be defined as a skin irritation that happens soon after an area has been shaved. Razor bumps, also called “razor rash”, are unpleasant and painful blemishes that often appear on the facial skin, armpits and pubic area after shaving.
Tips To Get Rid of Razor Bumps
Razor bumps are hairs that curl back on their own and turn back and grow under the skin. They continue to grow in hair follicle and can cause irritation and pimples and even scarring.
People with sensitive skin tend to get razor bumps frequently. However, razor bumps can be treated and their occurrence can be minimized or prevented with the help of various treatment methods.
While shaving, apply a moist and warm sponge or wash cloth before you start shaving for raising the hair follicles. This will help in shaving properly. Using electric razor can also help because electric razor does not cut too close to the skin like traditional razor.
While using traditional razor, take care that it is not dull or rusty. Shaving should be done in the direction in which the hair grows. Use of shaving gel will be a better option than shaving cream. Moisturize your skin after shaving. Women who shave their legs should exfoliate first.
To get rid of razor bump fast, keep the area free of sweat and bacteria. Wash the affected area with antibacterial cleanser. Growth of bacteria can worsen the condition and prevents skin’s ability to heal the bumps. Use after-shave lotion after shaving. These lotions often leave burning sensation but they are helpful in getting rid of bumps.
The black tea bags that you use to make yourself a cup of tea can also help get rid of razor burn. The tannic acid in tea helps reduce redness and inflammation.
Aloe Vera is a very effective remedy for razor bumps. The best possible effect you can get from Aloe Vera is by squeezing the gel directly from the leaf of the Aloe Vera plant and applying it directly on the razor bumps. Purchase Aloe Vera gel from the market when you have no access to Aloe Vera plant. But choose the gel that is free of added dyes or fragrances that can irritate your skin.
Hot compress can also help to cure razor bumps quickly. For hot compress, soak cotton ball in hot water and apply compress on razor bumps. Do this for three-four times to get relief from pain and swelling. Soon you will get rid of razor bumps.
Application of hydrocortisone cream on the affected area can help to reduce swelling and irritation by soothing the skin and help to recover quickly.
Applying toner or astringent on razor bumps can also help to quickly heal them because they tighten the pores of your skin and speed up the healing process.
You can apply witch hazel that contains astringent and its healing power to treat razor bumps on any area. Your skin may get irritated for seconds but it has great healing properties which can cure razor bumps overnight. Just apply it on the bump directly by dipping cotton balls.
Treating razor bums with essential oil can also help to heal them fast. Essential oils have a soothing effect on the bumps and its surrounding areas. Some effective essential oils for treating razor bumps include tea tree oil, chamomile oils and lavender oil.
You can use them by mixing all of them together or separately. Tree tea oil is very strong. It should be diluted before use. Blending the essential oil can give better healing effect. Apply with the help of cotton balls directly on the affected area.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Razor burns can be treated quickly with apple cider vinegar. Its anti-inflammatory properties work to reduce inflammation as well as the itching sensation. Plus, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps prevent infection.
Stubborn Razor Bumps
For stubborn razor bumps, which are also known as staphylococcal folliculitis, you must visit a dermatologist. He or she may prescribe an oral or topical antibiotic.
In some cases, ingrown hair causes serious infections similar to carbuncle or boil. In this situation, physician have to drain the bump and a course of antibiotic is prescribed to the patient to overcome the infection.
A cold compress is a very effective and easy way to get instant relief from the burning sensation caused by razor burns. It soothes the area and can reduce inflammation. Plus, it will help reduce redness and itching, as well as prevent razor bumps from forming.