Razor bumps are skin irritations caused by repeated abrasive pulls from the razor. It only makes sense when you think about it—your skin is a sensitive organ and razors are super-sharp metals. By practicing careful shaving and getting a good razor, you can limit the damage done and reduce those razor bumps and burns. But what happens if you’re already shaved and you already have them., what then?
Well, don’t worry, because we have plenty of experience when it comes to helping people in this field and have some solutions that can get rid of razor bumps and burns overnight.
The Best Solution for Getting Rid off Razor Bumps Fast
By far the best solution for razor bumps is also one of the cheapest and most abundant: aloe vera. This is a miracle working plant that contains large amounts of skin-boosting vitamin E and also soothes and calms the skin. If you can find an aloe vera gel then take a slab, smooth it on the surface of your skin and then wait for it to soak up.
If you do this immediately after you have shaven, even before the razor bumps start to show, then you can reduce the severity of the issue and potentially stop them from appearing altogether. But it still works to get rid of razor bumps after they have already appeared.
Other Ways to Get Rid of Razor Bumps
The question now is, what happens if aloe vera doesn’t work for you or if you don’t have any and need a fast solution? After all, we all respond differently to different treatments and just because it works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for the next. If that’s the case, then try the following solutions for getting rid of razor bumps instead.
One of the simplest methods, and one that can speed up the healing process considerably, is to apply a hot compress. You can make this simply by soaking a small towel, rag or cotton ball in hot water and then applying it to your skin. It shouldn’t be too hot, as you don’t want to burn yourself, but it should be warm enough to provide a soothing sensation.
It will help to open up your pores, which in turn will help any hair that might be trapped to escape.
When applied directly to the skin this herbal ointment can help to soothe the area and to kill any bacteria that might be present. It is a natural antiseptic, but also a very potent one. It can help to reduce redness, inflammation, irritation and other skin damage, bringing everything under control in the damaged region and hastening the healing process.
You can buy it in several forms and all of them can help with this issue, but before you apply it directly make sure you check the label and ensure it is supposed to be used for that reason. Witch hazel is often added to other herbal medicines in order to create skin creams, some of which you won’t want to expose your damaged skin to.
This is less natural, but it works just as well. You may need to practice caution when using this and you should avoid using too much, but if the razor bumps are particularly troublesome then it could be just the ticket to getting rid of them. You should be able to buy it over-the-counter from your local pharmacy, just look for “Hydrocortisone Cream”.
Make sure you don’t use it on areas where the skin has been cut.
Apple Cider Vinegar/Lemon Juice
Both of these naturally acidic liquids are recommended for getting rid of razor bumps and anecdotal evidence suggests that they do work. However, as you can imagine, it’s not a pleasant experience rubbing highly-acidic liquids into damaged or cut skin. Try watering it down and make sure you avoid any open sores, otherwise you’ll be screaming the house down.
Tea Tree Oil
As with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, this is a potent anti-bacterial agent that can sting. It’s also incredibly strong in it’s original form, so you want to make sure it’s diluted to the point where it no longer stings your skin. Start small and then gradually add a stronger concentration if you feel that it is not enough.
It will help to kill bacteria present on your skin, which in turn will limit the chance of infection. Because the only thing worse than an unsightly razor burn is an even more unsightly infection.
One of the lesser known but equally effective methods, tea bags can help with this process thanks their concentration of tannins which are known to reduce inflammation. White tea and green tea is often recommend, but you should get better results with black tea. Just leave the tea bag in warm water for a few minutes, shake it to rid it of excess water, and then apply directly.
You will benefit from the application of tannins and tannic acid in particular, but you will also benefit from what is basically a warm/hot compress. It’s a double-whammy!
Castor Oil or Olive Oil
This is more of a way to soothe and protect, as the oil forms a barrier and keeps the area moist. Both of these oils are also rich in vitamin E, so they may work in similar ways to aloe vera. With castor oil, however, you will need to be careful and avoid using too much. You may want to mix it with a gel-like substance to get better coverage and to avoid it all dripping away.
What You Shouldn’t do
There are a few things that you definitely shouldn’t do when trying to get rid of razor bumps, as well as ways that you can prevent them from occurring again in the future. So, keep all of the following in mind:
- Do not pick at the bumps and do not try to cover them with irritant chemicals
- Stop excessive shaving, it will only make the situation worse
- Give the affected area some breathing room and keep it moisturized
- Use moisturizing cream after shaving and always shave with shaving cream or gel
- Shave in the direction of the hair growth