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Razor burn – how to get rid of them naturally

When you are shaving your legs, arms, underarms, or your pubic hair, then you have the biggest chance of getting razor burn. You see shaving as the fastest way to ride unwanted hair, but also, in this way, you have the biggest chance of irritation of your skin. You are feeling burning in the shaved areas, and also, those parts are red. In some cases, they can be swollen or red.

Men are shaving their faces so frequently, and they have the biggest chances of getting razor burns. Women are also having a chance of getting razor burns when they shave their legs and arms. There are a few causes for razor burn, such as having sensitive skin, unconditioned skin, dull blades, shaving dry, and using a hard soap. When you have razor burn, you feel discomfort. But you should not be worried about this condition because there are many natural remedies and natural cures which you can use to get rid of it in the fastest way.

9 Natural cures for razor burn

Cold compress

When you have razor burn, then you feel a burning sensation. If you want to get rid of this feeling, then the cold compress is the right home remedy for your condition. This remedy reduces inflammation, and also it is very effective for soothing the skin. A cold compress is also reducing the itching and redness [1].

When you are using this natural remedy, then you are also reducing your chances of having razor bumps. In a thin towel, you should wrap a few ice cubes. Put the towel on the affected areas. You should let this remedy stay in the affected areas for a few minutes. Also, there is another option that you can use as your treatment. Soak a cloth in cold water and put it in the affected areas. Let this cloth stay on the affected areas for a few minutes. If you do not see improvement, you should repeat this method several times per day until you have noticed better results.

If you want to prevent yourself from razor burn, then you must splash the affected areas with cold water just after you have shaved your body.

Apple cider vinegar

When you have razor burns, apple cider vinegar is another effective natural remedy for your condition. This remedy has anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce itching and inflammation [2].

Also, this remedy is preventing from infection because it has acetic acid. You will need a cotton ball. Dab this cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar. Apply this remedy to the affected areas. You should let the cotton to be dry. After the cotton is dried, then you must wash the remedy with water. You should repeat this method 2 or 3 times per day until you have noticed that the burning sensation is gone.

People who have sensitive skin should not apply apple cider vinegar directly on the skin. They must dilute this remedy with water before they apply it.

Aspirin

This is one of the easiest and simplest ways to rid of razor burn. Inflammation and redness, which are caused by razor burn, can be reduced by using aspirin [3].

In one teaspoon of warm water, you should put 2 aspirins. You should leave this mixture to stay together until it gets into the form of paste. Then, with this paste, you should rub the affected areas. Let this paste stay on the affected skin for ten minutes. Then, you should wash this paste with lukewarm water.

If you have razor burns and you are feeling discomfort, then you should use this remedy twice per day. Also, this is a very effective remedy for the riding of razor bumps. People who have highly sensitive skin should not use the mentioned remedy.

Natural cures for razor burn

Aloe Vera

If you want to soothe your razor burn, then Aloe Vera is one of the most used natural remedies for this condition. This remedy has a cooling ability which helps you to rid of the inflammation and the burning sensation [4].

It is speeding the healing process. Also, this remedy is very effective because it has a moisturizing effect on the skin. You will need an Aloe Vera leaf. Then, you should extract the Aloe Vera gel from this leaf. With this gel, you should rub the affected skin. When you have applied this remedy, you should let it dry. When the Aloe Vera gel is dried, then you should rinse those areas with cold water. You should repeat this remedy 2 or 3 times per day for a period of 2 or 3 days.

Black tea

When you are making black tea for yourself, you can use this natural tea to ride off the razor burn. Redness and inflammation which are caused by razor burn, can be healed with black tea because black tea has tannin acid [5].

In warm water, you should moisten a black tea bag. You can allow this tea to cool on its own, or you can put this tea in a refrigerator for a period of 5 to 10 minutes. With the cool tea bags, you should rub the affected skin for 2 to 3 minutes. If you have not seen better results, then you should repeat this process several times per day.

Honey

This is also a very effective natural remedy for treating razor burns. Honey reduces inflammation and swelling, and also it moisturizes the skin [6].

Also, this is a very natural remedy for the prevention of infected skin. You should apply some honey to the shaved areas. Then, you should let this remedy dry on your skin and wash this remedy with cold water. Also, there is another option that you can choose if you want to rid of the razor burn in a very quick time.

You will need to mix ½ tablespoon of plain yogurt with ½ teaspoon of honey. You will need to apply this remedy on the shaved areas where you have razor burn. You should let this remedy stay in the affected areas for 15 minutes. After you have applied this mixture and 15 minutes have passed, then you should wash this remedy with lukewarm water. You can choose some of both remedies. If you have decided to use some of both remedies, then you will need to apply those 3 – 4 days, or if you have not seen improvement, then you should continue to use this remedy as long as you need.

Baking soda

This is an old home remedy that is used as a natural treatment for razor burns. This home remedy has anti-inflammatory properties, which are soothing the skin. Also, this remedy is very effective at reducing the redness, and it gives relief from the itching.

In one cup of water, you should mix one tablespoon of baking soda. Use a cotton ball to soak this mixture in the affected areas. Leave this remedy to stay in the affected areas for 5 minutes. Then, you should rinse this remedy with cold water. If you have not noticed improvement the first time, then you should repeat this home remedy 2 or 3 times per day until you have noticed improvement.

Cucumber

This vegetable is also a very effective natural remedy for razor burns because it has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties [7].

Vitamin K and Vitamin C are also very effective in reducing itchiness and relieving pain. You will need one cucumber to cut into slices. Then, you should put those slices in a refrigerator. Let them stay for thirty minutes. Then, you should rub the cool cucumber slices on your shaved areas for ten minutes at one time. You should repeat this process several times per day in regular intervals until the time you have noticed that your condition is improved.

Also, there is another home remedy from this vegetable that you can use to improve your condition. In ¼ cup of milk, you will need to add a pure ½ of a cucumber. Then, you should put this natural remedy in a refrigerator to cool. When this mixture is cooled, you should apply it to the affected skin. Let this remedy stay in the affected areas for ten minutes. After this period has passed, you should wash this remedy with warm water. You should repeat this home remedy 2 per day for a period of two days.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is also a very effective natural remedy for razor burn because this remedy has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties [8].

In two tablespoons of water, you should add 5 drops of tea tree oil. You should apply this natural remedy to your shaved areas. Let this remedy stay on the affected areas for 10 minutes and then wash your areas with lukewarm water. You should repeat this process two times per day.

Also, you can add 2 or 3 drops of this oil in one tablespoon of olive oil. You should apply this remedy to the affected areas. Let this mixture stay for 10-15 minutes, and then wash it off your skin to get relief from razor burn.

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Hanan Marshal
Hanan Marshal
Hanan, a medical student (MBBS) having passion for writing and is very much interested in holistic living along with nature. He is very much interested in doing community service and watches anime and play PS4 during his free time. You can reach him through [email protected]

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