I bet you’re here because you want to know how to get rid of razor bumps! Generally, many people, including you, who shave, wax or tweeze, tend to get some sort of skin irritation called razor burn (that burning sensation when you feel as if you’ve hurt yourself). Afterward, you’ve shaved, waxed or tweezed, you’ll probably experience tiny and itchy inflammations which are called razor bumps.
So, we’re going to talk about;
- What are razor bumps?
- How to get rid of razor bumps effectively?
Let’s dive right into it.
What Are Razor Bumps?
In a more scientific term, razor bumps are medically known as “Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB)” and this is your new strands of hair curl back, break, and re-enter your skin as they grow.
I know that razor bumps are not a serious medical condition, but to many, they don’t look attractive and can be a problem for most. The thing is that razor bumps can be filled with puss (if it got filled with puss, you’ll notice some keloidal scars or skin discoloration).
The annoying thing is that razor bumps are itchy and really uncomfortable especially when the pustules on your skin comes across staph bacteria and grows infections. Only then will your skin have a serious condition called Barber’s rash.
Undoubtedly, women or men who have naturally curly hair tend to have more razor bumps than others, since the hair curls back into your skin to form the razor bumps. Basically, razor bumps appear any person who shaves on a regular basis.
So, is there any way to treat razor bumps?
How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps Effectively?
Sadly, there’s no specific place where razor bumps appear, they can appear anywhere you shave. Razor bumps could appear on your face, your legs, underarms, thighs, particularly anywhere you shave.
However, razor pumps tend to love sensitive areas like your bikini area, which has higher chances to have razor bumps than any other body part.
There are 2 ways to treat razor bumps:
- Natural remedies.
- By medication.
I personally prefer natural remedies, but, I’ll give you details on both ways to get rid of razor bumps.
9 Razor Bumps Natural Remedies:
The first thing that will alert you that you have razor bumps is the itchy feeling on your skin and, of course, lots of scratching there. But, I don’t recommend that you scratch the razor bumps to avoid any infections and turn this small skin irritation case into an infectious one!
The good news is that razor bumps can go alone after a few days if left unscratched at all. But, in most cases, you can’t seem to control your hands and find yourself reaching out to the itchy razor bumps and scratching.
So, I have got here a list of natural remedies that I tried to get rid of razor bumps. So, the next time you’re shaving your bikini area or any part of your body and experience irritation or itchiness, know that it is razor bumps, grab any of the following home remedies, and rub it on.
There are 9 home remedies you can try:
- Aloe Vera.
- Cold Compress
- Hot compresses.
- Baking Soda
- Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Witch hazel
- Lemon Juice
Remedy 1 – Aloe Vera:
If you have some Aloe Vera (¹) at home or you could just go ahead and buy some, then, it’s better to apply it where you shave every time even if you don’t have razor bumps. I love applying Aloe Vera even when I’m not having any bumps because it treats all kinds of cuts, burns, and itchiness.
Not only does Aloe Vera treat razor bumps, burns & cuts, but it also helps to moisturize your skin, speed up your skin’s recovery process and sooth any swellings and burning sensation you have.
Remedy 2 – Cold Compress:
After you’ve shaved and you start to feel some irritation possibly from razor bumps, then it’s time for a cold compress to be applied on the affected area for on-the-spot relief.
The secret behind the cold compresses is that the low temperature numbs the nerve ends where you’re feeling razor bumps and irritations.
This is a temporary solution but it provides a good relief. If you want to eliminate any razor bumps, then it is best it applies a cold press after every shave.
Remedy 3 – Hot Compress:
Now, a hot compress can help you greatly with razor bumps by soothing itchiness and treat that annoying ingrown hair. By applying hot temperature to the affected area where you’ve shaved, then the trapped hair will be freed as the skin pores open up.
All you need is 5 minutes after you’ve finished shaving with a hot compress on the affected area (make sure that water is not too hot, especially when you’re applying it to your bikini area).
Remedy 4 – Baking Soda:
Some of us don’t know that baking soda (²) has anti-inflammatory properties which can greatly help with razor bumps irritation and prevent its development.
Moreover, sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda can restore pH imbalances on your razor bumps (the red, irritated skin) and that is because it is of an amphoteric nature.
Remedy 5 – Tea Tree Oil:
It’s time to have some tea tree oil in your house since it has several medicinal properties that make it a good treatment for razor bumps and other skin related problems.
Tea tree oil helps in relieving those bumps because it is rich in anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic warriors.
So, when you apply on your shaved and irritated skin, this essential oil handles any swelling and prevent razor bumps from getting infected.
Remedy 6 – Honey:
Isn’t it amazing how everywhere you go and search for a natural remedy you must find honey on the list? Absolutely! No home is complete without having a jar of honey here or there for several emergencies, one of which is treating razor bumps!
Especially, when you doubt that the bumps are getting infectious, go ahead and apply honey because it has powerful antibacterial agents.
Remedy 7 – Apple Cider Vinegar:
Luckily, you can treat these bumps with apple cider vinegar in three ways:
- Acetic acid kills any infection that can grow in the bumps.
- Anti-inflammatory agents soothing any irritation and inflammation from the razor.
- You’ll not feel like you want to scratch the razor bumps since the apple cider vinegar has an anti-itching property that will serve you well.
So, you can definitely take advantage of this triple agent all in one and get rid of bumps for good.
Remedy 8 – Witch Hazel:
Finally, yet importantly, you can use witch hazel to soothe your inflammations after shaving because it has anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Any swelling or redness will go away after you apply witch hazel on the irritating bumps (it has natural antiseptic properties).
You can find witch hazel in many skin treatments as an active ingredient. All you have to do is go the pharmacy or herbal drug store and ask for a topical cream that has witch hazel as an active ingredient.
After that, follow the instructions of application that comes with the cream to treat your bumps.
Remedy 9 – Black Tea:
You’ll find lots of tannin in black tea which is an organic compound – a natural astringent agent – that reduces razor bumps redness and inflammation.
The greatest thing about black tea is that you can enjoy your drink and save the black tea bags for later on when you shave to treat any bumps.
Now that we’ve talked about 9 natural remedies for bumps, is there any pharmaceutical way to treat them?
Medication To Treat Razor Bumps:
Of course, there are ways to treat razor bumps using medicines, but I personally prefer the 9 natural remedies. You can find the treatment in any local pharmacy and seek a pharmacist advice on how to treat razor bumps with medication.
Also, I’ll tell you about a paste I like to apply when I feel I want a medical instead of natural treatment.
The Magical Aspirin Paste:
Based on my experience, I found that the aspirin paste (I’ll tell how to prepare in a second) delivered amazingly.
In case, you don’t know, aspirin serves as a good remedy because it contains Salicylic acid – a chemical compound that opens up clogged follicles sheds dead skin cells and eliminates bacteria – which helps with razor bumps.
How to Prepare the Aspirin Topical paste:
- Get 2 or 3 aspirin tablets and crush them really well on a piece of paper.
- Put the aspirin powder in a small bowl and add few drops of water until it forms a good paste.
- Cover the razor bumps completely with the aspirin paste and leave it to dry on your skin.
- Rinse it off with some lukewarm water.
- After applying this magical aspirin paste a few times, the bumps will disappear.
This was your guide to treat razor bumps naturally and using medications. Share with us your experience if you have any recommendations to treat bumps, we’d love to know them.