At Home Remedies for Razor Bumps

Razor bumps, also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, are quite unpleasant. During my recent vein procedures, I was required to wear compression stockings 24 hours a day for 2 weeks, and this very much exacerbated my poor leg hair follicles. My sensitive skin did not like the tight clothing. So, what are ways in which we can naturally treat this skin condition at home?

The following provide relief, and help to speed up the healing process:

  • Cold Compress – helps to reduce inflammation, redness, and itching.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – helps to reduce inflammation, itching, and infection.
    • Dab a cotton ball in ACV and apply to the affected area. Allow it to air dry, and then wash it off with water. Do this 2 or 3 times a day until the burning sensation stops. Note: those with sensitive skin should dilute the ACV with water before applying it.
  • Aloe Vera – helps to soothe and provides instant relief.
    • Rub the gel on the affected area. Allow it to dry on its own. Do this 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Black Tea – helps to reduce redness and inflammation.
    • Moisten a black tea bag in warm water. Allow the tea bag to cool and put in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes. Rub the cool tea bag over the affected area for 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat several times daily as needed.
  • Honey – is antibacterial, and helps to reduce swelling and inflammation.
    • Apply directly on irritated skin. Allow it to air dry and rinse off with cold water. Use 3 to 4 times a day as long as needed.
  • Baking Soda – Helps to relieve razor bumps.
    • Dab the skin with a cotton ball soaked in a solution of 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Allow the mixture to remain on the skin until dry, and rinse with cool water. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day daily as needed.

Other Tips:

  • Let the hair grow a little before shaving – if you have red bumps, skip shaving the area for a little bit. This give the bumps a chance to heal and not get further irritated.
  • Don’t use blunt razors. Take care of your razors as well – use and old toothbrush to scrub the blade under running water, and pat the blade dry with a clean towel when you’re through.
  • Exfoliate before and after shaving – helps to unblock any clogged pores. Exfoliating again when you are done will help to wipe away any excess dead skin particles that were brought up by shaving.
  • Soak in warm water or take a hot shower before shaving – this helps to soften the hair and makes your skin less prone to irritation.
  • Don’t press the razor too hard against the skin when shaving.
  • Only shave the area once, not twice.
  • Rinse with cold water after shaving – this helps to contract the hair follicles, closing the skin pores and making it more difficult for bacteria to invade your skin.
  • Pat dry and apply moisturizing lotion.
  • Wear loose clothing after shaving.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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Your skin will thank you!

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