This is a common problem for many women and men. While shaving any part of body hair, like beard, mustache, underarms, legs and body hair, razor burn can occur. A razor burn causes a sharp burning sensation which may not subside even for hours in some conditions.In severe cases, bumps appear on the skin. Razor bumps is a matter of concern as it is a kind of folliculitis ( pseudofolliculitis barbae). Razor burn is however very easy to relieve using simple and easily available home remedies and some herbs. Razor burn bumps can also be cured at home.
A razor burn is often an inflamed, reddish patch of skin due to improper shaving. The main reason, in most cases is hurried shaving without properly treating the hair. A razor bump condition is actually a kind of infection. When shaving irritates the skin severely, it may also cause small cuts under the skin. They are not like the big shaving cuts that are easily visible. If these cuts become infected, then it leads to small inflamed bumps which look like pimples. It can severely affect the self esteem of a person.
Razor bumps can also occur because of ingrown hair in the shaved skin.
This condition not only affects men, but also women.
Razor burns and bumps caused by it can be managed at home using natural substances to soothe the irritated skin. However, this condition takes time to heal.
Home remedies for razor burn and razor bumps.
1. Aloe Vera Gel
If you have Aloe Vera in your garden or in your neighborhood, get a leaf and slice it. Apply this gel on the skin which is experiencing razor burn. It should soothe the skin and cool it, reducing the burning sensation. It also helps in depressing the razor burn bumps. Apply a small amount of Aloe Vera every 2 hours on the skin. Do not wash it off. It should provide considerable relief from the burning sensation within hours and reduce redness withing 1 – 2 days. It is really very handy.
2. Moisturizing Butter
Apply either Shea butter or cocoa butter on the affected skin. Keep it for some minutes. It the skin has soaked it completely, then there is no problem. Otherwise one can wash it to take away the excess butter. Apply this remedy 3 – 4 times a day. These butters are excellent emollients ( moisturizers ), so they help the skin to stay hydrated. They provide healthy fats to the skin for it to heal quickly.
3. Coconut oil
Applying coconut oil on the razor burn skin is really great home remedy. It works quick and provides complete relief. One can also use coconut oil as a pre shave lotion to prevent razor burns.
For this condition, apply a small amount of coconut oil 3 – 4 times a day. It protects the micro-cuts from infection and also aids the body in killing any active infection. Once the infection causing pathogen, the body lowers inflammation which results in bumps subsiding.
Take some honey on the palm and massage it on the skin. Keep massaging it to improve the absorption of honey into the skin. Then wash it off with cold water and not hot water. Cold water also supports in relieving the burning sensation.Do this treatment about 2 times a day. Honey is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It reduces the redness, smoothes out excess dryness and prevents the skin from infections.
5. Baking Soda
This household ingredient is a wonderful remedy for skin irritation caused by a razor burn. Make a thick paste of baking soda. Apply it over the razor burn and then wash it off before it dries on the skin. It soothes the skin because of its mild anti-inflammatory action.
Massage alum on the razor burned skin if you suspect that you may have scraped the skin a lot. Quickly grab the piece of shaving alum and massage it on the skin. If it feels very stingy, then probably there are micro cuts which the alum is now acting on. Alum quickly stops bleeding, alleviates irritation and prevents razor bumps from happening. It is a powerful astringent. It tightens the skin, dried it out and promotes healing.
Take an ice cube out of the freezer and rub it on the razor burn skin. This is an inexpensive home remedy for razor burn. Ice is great at reducing redness, inflammation and itching.
The cucumber is good for cooling the skin and reducing redness. It can be applied directly on the skin or using various other ways for extended relief.
- Slice out a cucumber an rub the slice over the razor burn.
- Finely grate the cucumber and then place it over a bandage. Now apply this bandage to the razor burn area. One may need to secure it in place with cotton cloth or another bandage. Keep it for 3 – 4 hours for great relief from razor burn.
- Cucumber Buttermilk – Take some buttermilk and add pureed cucumber to it. Keep it this way for about 3 – 4 hours and the strain it out. Now, use this buttermilk as a soak for the skin. Apply some buttermilk each hour using a cotton cloth. This provides immense soothing for the skin.
Home Remedies for Razor Bumps
These remedies are also helpful in razor burns. However, they are powerful enough to deal with razor bumps condition at home.
9. Willow Bark
The bark of willow tree is rich in salicylates. These compounds have been found to be effective in treating razor bumps. One can use willow bark powder to alleviate razor bumps at home. Take about 1 – 2 tablespoon of willow bark powder and add some water to make a paste. Apply it on the razor bumps and keep for about 1 hour. Then wash it off. Do this 2 times a day for reducing razor bumps.
Salicylic acid opens up the pores on our skin. This allows other remedies to penetrate deeper into the skin and get rid of the infection causing razor bumps.
10. Tea Tree Oil
This essential oil is used in some shaving cream compositions. It is excellent at dealing with infections. One can wash the face with a liquid solution of tea tree oil to reduce razor bumps. Add 8 – 10 drops of tea tree oil to 1 glass water. Apply this water to the razor burned area and avoid wiping it.
11. Azulene Oil
This is an oil product obtained from a broad variety of flowering plants in the genus Asteracea. This oil has been found to be helpful in razor bumps.
- Always use shaving cream or lotion before shaving any body hair or beard.
- Wash the face with warm water to soften the hair. This helps in easy removal of hair and prevents an incidence of razor burn.
- Use shaving cream each time you shave is one of the best prevention tip for razor burn. Many men and women use shaving cream once, lather it and shave. Then, they shave closer again but do not use shave cream for the second time. This is another common reason for razor burn.
If razor burn progresses to cause razor bumps, one should try home remedies for it. If this condition doesn’t improve, then one should visit a dermatologist.
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