It is known fact that men love smooth skin so they shave regularly. Those men who shave regularly know that they can get frustrations which come in form of razor bumps. Razor bums are the hair which remains inside the hair follicle and it begins to grow into the skin. The ingrown hair often appears as angry red bump which can spoil the smart look of a freshly shaven face. Razor bumps are also called razor burns. The razor bumps are caused by improper shaving tools and razors. When the hair is cut beneath the skin, then it tends to curl as it grows back which is forming unsightly and often painful bumps. It is known that the ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to help razor bumps and improve your shave overall is using a single – blade razor in combination with a high quality pre – shave oil and after – shave lotion. Also there are many home remedies which can help to rid of the ingrown hairs and some are more effective than others. Talk with your doctor about the best home remedy which can help to reduce your razor bumps.
Here are some home remedies for razor bumps:
White tea: It is known fact that the ordinary white tea bags can help to rid of the razor bumps. Tea has tannic acid which can help to reduce the inflammation. You should wet the white tea bags and press them against the affected skin to reduce swelling and redness.
Tea tree oil: This type of oil comes from the tea tree leaf. This home remedy is natural anti – bacterial agent. Tea tree oil has astringent and antibiotic properties which come in very handy for treating and cleansing the areas of the body which are affected by the razor bumps. It is known that bacteria can slow down the healing process and you need to deal with it but the astringent properties of tea tree oil will tighten your pores and they can protect them from future issues. The pure tea tree oil is very strong so this is a reason why you should dilute it with a little water before you apply it to your skin. Take this mixture with cotton ball and then apply it to the razor bumps. It can speed up the healing process and quickly alleviate swelling. Also you can add some of the tea tree oil to your bath for soothing and relaxing soak.
Cucumber: This natural cure is used in many different ways to help the skin heal. You can take a slice of cucumber and then rub it gently over the razor bump for a few minutes. This will soothe and hydrate the area. You should chill the cucumber in the freezer for a few minutes because this will add soothing effect. Also you can make a makeshift cream mixing milk and cucumbers. You should dice or smash the cucumber and mix it with milk. You should apply this home remedy to the razor bump and let it stay there for five to ten minutes. You should rinse it using cool water and pat dry.
Witch hazel: This is also very effective home remedy for razor bumps. It has astringent and antibacterial properties and this extract is coming from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel plant. It is known that the extract of this plant has been used for its medicinal properties dating back to before the Europeans arrived in America. This home remedy can be very powerful so if you have sensitive skin, then it may be necessary to dilute it before you apply it to your razor bumps. You can implement it using cotton swab or cotton ball.
Lemon juice: This natural cure is acidic in nature which can help to stop the bacteria from colonizing the ingrown hair follicles. You should apply lemon juice to your razor bumps to prevent infection and reduce redness.
Coconut oil: This is one of the best home remedies for razor bumps because it is good for the skin’s overall health and for keeping it smooth and soft. Also it will provide moisturizing effects as well as providing protection and nutrients to the skin. Also this natural cure smells pretty great. You can add sugar to the coconut oil and in this way you will create a coconut and sugar scrub so in this way your natural cure will have added exfoliating elements.
Strawberries: You can make a paste of strawberries because it can help you to smell sweet and rid of the flaming razor bumps. You should make this paste by mashing up just enough strawberries with a sour cream to form a relatively thick paste. You should slather it into the irritated areas of your skin and you should let it stay there for twenty minutes before you rinse it using cool water.
Natural cures for razor bumps
Baking soda: Baking soda is also a very effective home remedy for getting a relief from razor bumps. The baking soda will fight against all kinds of itching symptoms and also it has anti – inflammatory properties which can help with other symptoms that are caused by everything from allergies to bug bites. You should take a bowl of water and then add baking soda until you have a paste – like consistency that you can work with. You should spread this home remedy over the affected area. The baking soda will give you a relief from pain and itching that accompany the rash. It is recommended to mix 3 parts of water with 1 part of baking powder and then apply this home remedy using cotton swab or finger. You should let it stay there for ten minutes before you rinse it off and pat dry.
Use a compress: When we mention a compress, then you should know that this is directly applying pressure to an area using an absorbent or soft material. This can help you to get a relief from symptoms like inflammation. The hot compress can open the pores which can reduce your risk for razor bumps. You should dip a towel or something similar into water which is warm enough to have an effect but cool enough as not to cause you unnecessary discomfort. You should press the cloth to the area in a period of few minutes at a time and you should re – warm the towel as needed. On the other hand, the cold compress will give you a relief from irritation, itchiness and redness in the areas where razor bumps are likely to appear or already there are. You can use freezer pack for your razor bumps. Also you can wrap a bunch of ice in towel and then use this home remedy. Also you can use frozen vegetables as a cold compress.
Honey: This home remedy is working naturally. For many people, when it is said to use honey as their natural treatment on their razor bumps may sounds strange. This home remedy is having antiseptic properties and it can hydrate your skin. You should apply honey to the razor bump and let it stay there for about 5 minutes. Then, you should wash your face with water and pat dry.
Apple cider vinegar: This is one of the best home remedies for many different diseases and razor bumps are also included in it. It is known that this natural cure is very versatile which means that it can reduce the risk for infection, relieves itching and inflammation. You should use a cotton ball to apply the apple cider vinegar to the razor bumps. You should let the area that you have applied the apple cider vinegar to dry out and then you should rinse with water and pat dry. This home remedy will not give you a relief from the symptoms of razor bumps but it will speed up the healing process. If you razor bumps are in a sensitive area or you have sensitive skin, then you should dilute the apple cider vinegar with water before you apply it.
Aloe Vera: This home remedy has antibacterial and healing properties so this is a reason why it can be used on everything from sunburns to eczema and psoriasis. This home remedy can kill the bacteria, soothe and moisturize your skin. The Aloe Vera gel is very effective on the skin so even you can use it as a shaving cream. It can help you with the razor bumps.
Exfoliate with a natural papaya scrub: If your razor bumps have caused pustules or inflamed skin, then you should avoid using any harsh or chemical – based exfoliants on your skin. You should exfoliate your skin with a natural scrub and this can help to slough off the dead skin cells and it can ease the problem of ingrown hairs. You should mix yogurt with papaya and oatmeal for a scrub that is gentle for your skin. The raw papaya is also a very effective home remedy for skin because it can help to cut the inflammation and it will remove the dead skin from the surface.
Garlic: This home remedy has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which are making it a good home remedy for a range of skin problems. Garlic has organosulfur compounds which can inhibit the bacterial growth. You should consume a few cloves of raw garlic every day or you can add some grated garlic into your food. In these ways you can cure razor bumps.