6 Home Remedies that Get Rid of Razor Bumps
The chances are good that if you are old enough to shave, you’ve experienced one or more irritating bumps caused by shaving. Bumps don’t discriminate. They affect male and female alike and appear as red, swollen areas on recently shaven faces, underarms, and legs. What can be done about itchy, unattractive ingrown hairs? The following home remedies for razor bumps help both men and women.
1. Hot Compress
Hot compresses aren’t just for barbers. Immediately after shaving, soak a soft cotton hand towel in hot water. Lift it from the water and wring it out. Place the warm towel on the just-shaved area of your skin. Softly press it against your skin for a minute or two. The soothing heat causes pores to open and free trapped hair.
2. White Tea
One of the latest home remedies for razor bumps provides a refreshing drink and soothing way to reduce inflammation. Place a white teabag into a cup of hot water and let steep for one minute. Remove the teabag and let it cool until you can handle it without being burned. Press the bag against the affected area. The tannic acid in white tea reduces the swollen red skin caused by shaving. Sip the tea while treating your skin.
3. Shave in the Shower
Does the idea of shaving in the shower make you hesitate before trying it out? There are several benefits to this practice. A fog-free mirror in the shower lets men take advantage of this tip. Shave while the warm water is running. It softens hairs and reduces the risk of irritation. Prevent irritation and infection by rinsing the shaved area with cold water to close up the pores and stop bacteria from entering the skin.
4. Shaving Cream or Gel
Home remedies for razor bumps include using shaving cream or gel to moisturize skin and soften hairs so they are easier to shave off. If you have sensitive skin, create your own gel using natural ingredients. There is an assortment of recipes on the Internet to make it easier to find the right one for your own use. Dry skin is easily irritated before and after shaving. Apply lotion or after shave once you’ve finished shaving. Don’t scratch. You heard it as a child and it’s still true. Scratching bumps slows down the healing and causes more irritation.
5. Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice
Soothe irritated skin with Aloe Vera. More than a beautiful houseplant, it’s a natural remedy for razor burn and bumps. First, snip off a short piece of your Aloe Vera plant. Then squeeze the gel where it’s needed. It goes to work right away to restore the skin. Buy only jars or tubes of gel that are free of artificial fragrances or colors, since it is the natural healing powers of Aloe that benefit your skin. Lemon juice is a home remedy that reduces the redness and infection of razor bumps and burn. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice onto a cotton ball and dab it on the shaved area. The natural acid stops bacteria from growing in hair follicles.
6. Change Shaving Habits
Home remedies for razor bumps that apply particularly to women include shaving downward instead of upwards, which encourages bumps. Another is to let the hair grow out slightly between shaves so bumps heal and the chance of ingrown hairs is reduced. Everyone should avoid old, dull razor blades that deposit bacteria during shaving. Old blades cause ingrown hairs and irritated skin. Exchange blades regularly and clean them with rubbing alcohol after shaving.