What are razor bumps
Shaving is a convenient method of getting rid of unwanted hair, though it often results in shaving nicks or razor bumps. A razor bump manifests due to an irritated skin that has been shaved. It leads to a burning sensation, slight swelling and persistent itching. Razor bumps are common amongst both genders that shave frequently. The primary reasons responsible for razor bumps are use of blunt blades / hard water / inadequate lather. Razor bumps also occur due to a sensitive and un-moisturized skin.
How can razor bumps be treated with home remedies
– Cold compress
An effective and quick home remedy against razor bumps is a cold compress. Simply rub a ice cube on the area shaved or splash it with cold water, for immediate relief. It decreases the inflammation and the associated burning / itching / tenderness. This simple technique also prevents razor bumps from developing.
– Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory characteristics that also decrease the itching associated with shaving. It also has acetic acid that guard against infection. Dab a few drops of apple cider vinegar on the area shaved and let it dry, before washing it away with cold water. Repeat this procedure, each time a burning sensation is felt.
Another home remedy for treating razor bumps involves using aspirin tablets. Aspirin has anti-inflammatory characteristics that decrease tenderness. Dissolve 2 tablets of aspirin in 1 tsp of warm water to get a smooth paste. Rub this paste on the area shaved and after a few minutes, wash off with tap water.
– Aloe vera
Aloe vera has a cooling & soothing effect on skin that relieves burning & inflammation, rapidly on the shaved area. It also moistens the skin and therefore, quickens healing. Derive the gel from aloe vera leaves and apply it on the shaved skin. After it dries naturally, wash off with plain water.
– Baking soda
A home remedy for treating razor bumps is baking soda that has anti-inflammatory characteristics. It is effective in guarding against itch and tenderness. 1 tbsp of baking soda combined with 1 cup of water and dabbed on shaved skin offers relief from razor bumps. It can be washed off with plain water after a few minutes.
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory characteristics that decrease the irritation and discomfort arising on account of shaving. Combine powdered oatmeal, plain yogurt and organic honey in equal proportions for application on shaved skin. Allow it to stay for about half an hour and wash off with lukewarm water.
Honey has antibacterial characteristics and is used for treating razor bumps. It decreases the resulting swelling / inflammation and prevents infection apart from moisturizing the skin. Dabbing on a few drops of honey and allowing it to dry naturally before washing off with cold water, is advised to guard against razor bumps.
Cucumber has a soothing effect on the shaved skin on account of its hydrating and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Additionally, it has vitamin C & K that reduce pain & itch. Slice a cucumber and refrigerate for about half an hour. Rub these slices on the shaved skin for about 10 minutes and wipe off with a moist towel.
– Tea tree oil
The tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics that are very effective in guarding against razor bumps. Dilute a few drops of this oil in some water and apply on shaved skin, allowing it to be absorbed naturally before washing it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this exercise as needed.
A few general tips for avoiding razor bumps are,
– Shave only after a bath / shower, on a moist skin.
– Shave only with a fresh / sharp razor / blade.
– Before shaving, work up adequate lather / lubrication and follow with an after-shave.