For folk who often shave, razor bumps can be annoying. Different people have different names for these angry little bumps, for example, bikini bumps, barber’s itch, razor burn and razor rush- depending on where they get you. We get razor bumps after shaving when hair curls back to re-enter into the skin. The body reacts to the foreign entry by causing inflammation. You are likely to experience this often after using blunt equipment for shaving, shaving without cream or use poor shaving technique such as shaving against the grain.
Assuming that you want to cut down expenses for shaving or cannot afford such ‘luxury’ at the moment, it is possible to cure razor bumps at home. However, ensure that your razor is clean, sharp and well-dried after use. After all, prevention is the best medicine.
Here are cheaper and effective home remedies to get rid of razor bumps. In case none of this has worked or won’t work, please see a dermatologist. It could be something else.
Honey is a natural antiseptic. It will also help to keep the skin hydrated. Apply honey to the bumpy area and let it sit for around five minutes. Wash the area and pat it dry. This will eliminate the swelling and inflammation. You can also use it to prevent infection. Use this treatment three times a day for fast results.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is recommended for its anti-bacterial and soothing properties. Simply snip off the tip of the leaf and squeeze out the plain gel onto the affected area. After spreading it out, let it dry. Wash it off with cold water and then gently dry the skin. If you need to heal fast, do this three times a day.
- Hot or Cold compress
In this context, to compress is to apply pressure to the affected area using a soft or absorbent material. A warm compress opens up your pores so that trapped [ingrown] hair is freed. Dip a towel or absorbent cloth in warm water, squeeze out the excess water and press it onto the affected area.
A cold compress, on the other hand, will relieve irritation where bumps are likely to appear, r already have. Wrapped ice in a towel or frozen vegetables will do the trick. Repeat this every day for fast results.
- Natural Oils
Natural oils are well known for their magical effects on the skin.
Virgin coconut oil is recommended for its antibacterial and moisturizing effect on your skin. Applying it before shaving will soften the skin, therefore preventing bumps. It also relives the rashes and provides nutrients for the skin. Essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and calendula are also effective in reducing redness and irritation. The essential oils must be diluted in ¼ cup of cold water. Wash it off after drying.
Olive oil is recommended for its anti-inflammatory properties and smoothening the skin. Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with five drops of tea tree oil in a bowl, then apply to the problem area using a cotton ball. After 15 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and calendula are also effective in reducing redness and irritation. Dilute 6-8 drops of Lavender in ¼ cup of cold water and apply onto the affected area. Wash it off after drying. Another way would be to dilute 1-2 drops of Lavender oil to a carrier oil such as almond oil or grape seed. Gently massage onto the affected area.
Cucumbers are famous for their anti-inflammatory, hydrating and healing properties. Gently rub a slice of cucumber over the affected area for around 10 minutes. For a soothing effect, put the slices into the freezer and then repeat procedure. Rinse the affected area with lukewarm water. For fast results, do this twice a day for two days.
- Tea bags
Tea bags contain tannic acid which reduces redness and inflammation. Dip a tea bag in warm water, and then let it cool for 5-10 minutes. You can put it in a dish then into the refrigerator. Rub the cool tea bag over the affected area for two to three minutes. Repeat as much as needed especially if you need quick relief.
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