There is no shortage of creams for razor bumps on the market. But how many of these actually work, how many are just a waste of your time and how many will do nothing but waste your money?
We’re not in the business of promoting brands. These are too unreliable, they come and go and they don’t always follow best practices with regards to sourcing their ingredients. So rather than listing brands and actual commercial products, we’re going to focus on the natural ingredients that your creams should contain. This way, you can either buy creams that contain some or all of these things, or, better yet, you can make them yourself.
Contrary to what you might think, this is not horse hair. It’s actually from plant that has a very bristly texture, which is where it gets its name. This plant can help with many ailments and is only just being discovered for the miraculous benefits that it can provide its users.
These benefits include the ability to heal rashes, scrapes and other skin conditions. This means that horse tail could be one of the best untapped ingredients for use on razor bumps. It’s something that we have tried ourselves, something that is starting to be added to commercial skin creams and something that could make a big difference in your life if you regularly suffer from skin complaints like this.
Horse tail is also used to flush excess water out of the body and to support the liver and the kidneys. In fact, it has been used for this purpose for many hundreds of years by the Greeks and the Romans, both of which made this plant a formidable part of their ancient medical practices.
Calamine lotion is a skin formula that is designed to combat itchiness and other irritating skin conditions. You can add it to other ingredients to make something stronger and more effective, or you can use it on its own if you find a bottle of calamine lotion. It’s cheap, it’s widely available and it’s fairly harmless.
Calamine lotion is a mixture of a few basic ingredients, including zinc oxide and ferric oxide, but it’s effective and it has been used as a skin cream for many years. If you ever had chickenpox as a child, or you were ever stung by poison ivy, you may have had a gauze soaked with calamine lotion slapped on your skin. You may have even been forced to bathe in a little of it by your parents.
It’s the same stuff as it was back then and it is just as useful.
Aloe vera is used for the skin and the hair, mainly for its high concentration of vitamin E, but also because of a combination of other potent vitamins and minerals that can be useful in treating skin conditions.
Aloe vera is nothing short of miraculous. It contains many B vitamins, which are known to help with skin and hair complaints. It even contains vitamin B12, which makes it one of the few plant sources of this vitamin. It also contains zinc, selenium and iron, all of which may also help with razor bumps and other skin conditions.
You can buy allow vera as a dried or liquid extract, which can then be added to a base ingredient, or you can buy it as a gel, which can be smothered directly on your skin. Gels are often the best way to use aloe vera as they are specially formulated for this purpose and can also be used to treat sunburn, dry skin and more.
The tannins in tea work wonders on skin complaints. They contain something known as tannic acids, which can reduce swelling, act as an antibacterial, and hard against an array of complaints inside and outside of the body. Tea is really an amazing substance, and you can find these healthy ingredients in white, green and black varieties (although not red or herbal teas).
You can use tea bags or you can brew a really strong, concentrated concoction and then add this to a cream of your own creation. You can also just heat-up a tea bag and then use it like a hot compress, albeit one that gives you an extra beneficial boost by allowing your skin to leech tannins from the tea.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This has been hailed as a cure-all and there are websites out there that claim it can help with everything from indigestion and reflux, to cancer and more. We wouldn’t go as far as to ay that, but there is a lot of promise in this basic ingredient and we would definitely recommend trying it out as a skin care ingredient. When added to a razor bump cream it seems to show some promise, but because of its highly acidic nature you should avoid applying a large amount of the pure liquid directly onto your damaged skin.
A Drop of Oil
Extra virgin oil is great for your insides, but it can work wonders on your outsides as well. It is loaded with vitamin E, which is great for your skin, soothing and protecting. It also adds a layer of protection which in turn will help to lock moisture into your skin. Most of us have a bottle of this oil in the kitchen (and if you don’t, you should!) but there are other oils that can be just as beneficial.
These include castor oil, which has an even higher concentration of vitamin E, and even avocado oil, which is also a great source of this skin healthy vitamin. You can never underestimate the power of a little high quality, plant-based oil.
Making Your Own Cream
If you decide to make you own cream rather than buying one that contains all of the above, then you just need a base ingredient and as many of the ingredients mentioned above as you can get your hands on.
For a base ingredient use a petroleum jelly, a basic moisturizer, or, better yet, coconut oil. It’ll give you a solid base into which you can add extracts, herbs, plants, oils and more.