Razor bumps (also called razor burn) are caused by improper shaving tools and products. When hairs are cut beneath the skin, they tend to curl and bend as they grow back, forming unsightly and often painful bumps. However, there are many home remedies that claim to get rid of ingrown hairs if they do occur, but some are more effective than others. Here are eight of the best remedies to help reduce razor bumps.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is a traditional remedy for helping soothe irritated skin. If you have an Aloe Vera plant at home, then snip off the tip of a leaf and squeeze the gel inside directly onto the skin to get rid of razor burn. You can also buy Aloe Vera gel, but be careful to choose a brand that contains no artificial colors or fragrances.
Lemon juice is naturally acidic and so helps to stop bacteria from colonizing ingrown hair follicles. Apply lemon juice to razor burn to help reduce redness and prevent infection.
Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial agent. Pure tea tree oil is very strong, so always dilute it with a little water before applying it to your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The list of uses of apple cider vinegar is endless. When it comes to getting rid of razor bumps, ACV works really well. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and itching and also effectively kill any bacteria.
Rubbing a deodorant over the shaved area will keep it dry and free of bacteria. This will prevent chafing and development of razor bumps. This technique works well for razor bumps along the bikini line.
Baking soda is anti-inflammatory in nature and soothes the irritated razor bumps. It neutralizes the skin’s pH and also kills bacteria.
Baby powder is often used to prevent diaper rashes in babies. It has also been found to work effectively in preventing razor bumps or rashes on the skin and in helping to keep the skin dry.