Treat Razor Burns with Natural Remedies
Most men and women who need to remove unwanted hair from their faces and bodies prefer shaving with razors. However, despite the benefits of shaving, especially for men, there is one major drawback – razor burn.
According to WebMD, a razor burn is classified as a red rash or skin irritation that may occur in the areas affected by the shave razors. Sometimes razor burns may cause burning sensations, itchiness, and swelling.
Razor burns tend to happen more frequently in men who need to shave their faces daily. Women may also suffer from a shaving rash after removing hair from armpits and legs. If you use a dull blade, a hard soap or have dry, sensitive skin, you may be more prone to getting razor burn.
What is the difference between razor burn and razor bumps?
Frequently, razor burn and shaving bumps are used interchangeably. But, according to the Mayo Clinic staff, there is a big difference between razor burn and razor bumps. The difference is that a razor bump can happen when, after shaving, re-growing hair stays under the skin or in the hair follicle. This condition, which is a form of ingrown hair, even has a scientific term – pseudofolliculitis barbae.
Razor bumps on neck, cheeks, armpits, legs, and bikini bumps may lead to noticeable red spots and pimples. Sometimes, razor bumps, or ingrown hairs, may cause potentially dangerous abscesses. Razor bumps are basically the hair growing back, not through the skin, but back into the skin. Unfortunately, people with short, curly hair are more likely to have this problem.
If you are wondering how to get rid of razor bumps at home, consider following recommendations based on the results of research posted in the dermatology journal Cutis. According to this research, you may use a topical application of glycolic acid for razor bump removal that can reduce a shaving rash by 60% after a few uses.
You can buy a razor bump cream with this acid at any pharmacy or you can try making your own natural face mask with it. For this DIY razor bump treatment, follow the recipe:
- Mix two tablespoons of raw honey, two tablespoons of raw organic sugar, and the juice of half a lemon;
- Apply this mixture to the neck and face, avoiding the eyes;
- Leave on for 10 minutes;
- Wash off with lukewarm water;
- Repeat mask once per week.
Home remedies for razor burns
Making your own remedies for natural razor burn treatment can be also very effective since many foods and herbs have powerful anti-inflammatory properties:
Aloe vera can work as a soothing natural razor burn remedy. Additionally, the aloe vera gel may keep the skin moistened and speed the healing process of a shaving rash. You can use this remedy following this recipe:
- Squeeze the fresh aloe vera juice from the leaves;
- Rub this juice on the irritated skin;
- Let the juice dry;
- Wash off with cold water;
- Repeat the procedure two or three times a day for 2-3 days.
Honey and yogurt cream
Because of its science-backed antibacterial properties, raw organic honey may be used as a treatment for razor burn. To reduce swelling and inflammation and keep the skin moisturized, you can make this natural razor burn cream based on honey and yogurt:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of plain, fat-free yogurt and half a teaspoon of honey;
- Rub this mixture on the affected area;
- Leave it for 15 minutes;
- Wash off with warm water;
- Repeat this treatment 3-4 times per day, until the shaving rash disappears.
Natural after-shave paste with strawberries
Consider mashing several strawberries and mixing them with sour cream into a thick paste for the home treatment of razor burns. Leave this paste on your razor-burned skin for 20 minutes, and then wash off with lukewarm water. Besides powerful anti-inflammatory properties, fresh strawberries may also deliver a pleasant aroma.
Ammonium lactate lotion
Some people believe that a 12% Ammonium Lactate lotion can be very helpful for the natural treatment of razor burns, keratosis pilaris, and the epilating rash. This lotion is available at most local drugstores and its price is low, so this might be a good remedy to consider.
Scrub with sugar and coconut oil
Razor burns and waxing bumps can be treated by means of this natural scrub. In addition to science-backed healing properties, this remedy also smells great. To make this scrub, use following the recipe:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of regular white sugar, 1 tablespoon of raw honey, and 4 tablespoons of coconut oil;
- Apply this mixture on the shaved skin with razor burns;
- Let it sit for 10 minutes;
- Go to the shower and rinse the residue off with warm water;
- Repeat as often as you want.
Black tea bag rub
To get rid of razor burns, you can use regular black tea bags. The acid in black tea may be helpful in the reduction of the skin redness, rash, and inflammation. Consider using black tea bags in the following way:
- Place a black tea bag in warm water;
- Let the tea bag cool or put it in the fridge for 10 minutes;
- Rub the cool tea bag on the affected skin for 3 minutes;
- Repeat a few times throughout the day, as long as you need.
How to prevent razor burns
Most health care experts recommend avoiding the skin irritation during shaving if you want to prevent razor burns. You can try doing this in such way:
- Before shaving, consider moistening your skin with a warm, wet cloth on the area that needs shaving. Also, try using natural lubricants instead of pre-shave gels which may contain chemical components that dry and irritate skin. These natural lubricants can be jojoba oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil. Try gently rubbing one of these oils into the area that you are going to shave.
- While shaving, consider using a new or, at least, sharp razor without applying a firm pressure to the skin. Try following the direction of the hair growth during shaving. Also, try avoiding shaving the same area a few times.
- After shaving, you may try placing ice cubes wrapped in a thin towel on the affected skin. Alternatively, you may rinse your face with cold water immediately after shaving.
Razor burns can be treated at home with many natural remedies, but if you notice your ingrown hairs often turn into abscesses, consider visiting a dermatologist.