Medically known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, razor bumps are nothing but small and irritated bumps
on the skin. They generally happen after you shave and the strands of your hair start curling and growing into the skin itself, resulting in razor bumps.
These bumps can also get infected, resulting in immense pain and irritation.
1. Symptoms of Razor Bumps
Some of the symptoms of razor bumps are listed below
Razor bumps are commonly seen in areas that are shaved on a regular basis, like face, legs, underarms, and genital area.
They can vary from person to person, and can appear like pimples or rashes depending on its severity.
Razor bumps can be ideally identified by their inflamed, itchy appearance, and the inflammation or burn increases when further irritated.
If left untreated for long, razor bumps can transform into a severe infection or scarring.
Let us have a look at some of the home remedies to cure the issue of razor bumps.
2. Method No. 2 Aspirin
Lukewarm water- 1 tbsp.
Cotton or towel
Transfer two tablespoons of aspirin and one teaspoon of lukewarm water into a container.
Let it settle for a few minutes.
Using a spoon, mix both so that they form a paste.
Apply the paste on the bruise.
Let the paste sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Clean the area with cotton or towel.
Do the same 2-3 times a day to get rid of the razor bumps faster.
How does this work?
Owing to the large quantities of acetylsalicylic acid, Aspirin proves to be one of the best home remedies for razor bumps. Moreover, aspirin’s anti-inflammatory characteristic helps reducing inflammation and redness in the area.
According to a research conducted by University of Bonn (in Germany), those who practiced Aspirin treatment of Razor Bumps experienced quick relief from pain and the razor bumps itself, the rate of cure mathematically nearing to 95 percent.
3. Method No. 3 Essential Oils
Essential oils (lavender, chamomile, calendula)- 30ml
Ice-cold water- 1/4th cup
Teaspoon to dilute
Take 30ml of essential oils in to a cup.
Fill 1/4th coup with icy-cold water to dilute the essential oils, if not, may cause irritation on the area of the bruise. Try to avoid undiluted essential oil application in the area affected.
Mix both using a teaspoon. Let the mixture sit aside for 2-3 minutes.
Using cotton swabs, or any other applicator, spread the mixture onto the area of razor burns.
Let the mixture stay on the skin for a while, until the redness starts to disappear.
Again, using a cotton swab or cold running water, remove the mixture and clean the area with a soft towel.
Follow the same procedure 2-3 times a day to gain the maximum benefits.
How does this work?
How to get rid of razor bumps fast? This method is the best bet. The mixture is so formed that the razor burned area is soothed and cured. Myriam Zaoui, the author of book, The Art of Shaving has herself stated the same in the book.
Lavender, chamomile and Calendula oils in the mixture to help cure the razor burns. Oil repairs the damaged skin parts, in addition to one another; the curing process is faster and better.
Cold water also helps to cure the razor bumps by reducing the inflammation.
4. Method No. 4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil- 1tbsp.
Tablespoon to mix
Olive Oil- 1tbsp.
Dip about 1tbsp. of tea tree oil into 50ml water, preferably cold.
Mix the content using a tablespoon.
Apply the mixture on the area of bumps. Leave the mixture on the skin for 15 minutes.
After time is over, using lukewarm water, rinse off the excessive content.
The alternative is to mix three drops of tea tree oil with one spoon of olive oil. Blend the mixture and apply it directly onto the affected area. Let this be soaked by the skin for 20 minutes and then rinse off using tap water.
Repeat this step 2 times a day.
How does this help?
Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic properties, which means that it will help cure the affected area just like an antiseptic chemical, however, in a natural way. Other properties include anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ones, which help to reduce the razor burn effect up to a great amount.
Olive oil is a natural moisturizer. This means that the affected area will be supplied with enough moisture so that the skin is not dried out, which may increase the effect. This method can also be used to prevent razor bumps.
5. Method No.5. Lemon Juice
Cotton balls- 2-3, or
A clean cloth
Slice 1 lemon in half and squeeze its juice in a bowl
Immerse a cotton ball or a clean cloth in the lemon juice and apply the juice on the affected areas
Once the juice starts getting dry, wash your face with lukewarm water
If you are prone to getting razor bumps, use this remedy everytime you shave
How does this help?
Lemon juice is naturally acidic in nature and this acidic nature works very well in stopping the bacteria from colonizing ingrown follicles. If you have curly hairs and a sensitive skin, lemon juice is an ideal home remedy for treating razor bumps.