If you shave, you know how irritating are the razor bumps, which are hairs inside the hair follicle that start growing into the skin.
There are many home remedies that are said to eliminate ingrown hairs. Here are some:
1. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is acidic and helps stopping bacteria from inhabiting ingrown hair follicles. Apply lemon juice to razor burn to reduce the redness and avoid infection.
2. Aloe vera
This plant is a traditional remedy that soothes irritated skin. Cut off the tip of the leaf and squeeze the gel on the skin. Also, you can buy Aloe Vera gel, but choose the one that does not include artificial colors and fragrances.
3. Hydrocortisone cream
Just like witch hazel, hydrocortisone cream has anti-inflammatory properties. You can find it in most pharmacies. Apply a small amount of cream on your skin.
4. Hot compress
Soak cotton pad in hot water and pressing it gently on your skin. This opens your pores and frees the trapped hair. Use this to avoid razor bumps after shaving.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties. Always dilute tea tree oil with a little water before applying it to your skin.
6. White Tea
White tea bags can help you get rid of razor burn. This tea contains tannic acid, which reduces inflammation. Wet the tea bag and press it against the affected skin. It will reduce the redness and swelling.
7. Witch hazel
This is a natural antiseptic that decreases skin inflammation. Apply witch hazel on your razor bumps to eliminate the redness and irritation.
8. How to prevent razor bumps?
Change the way you shave. Use the correct shaving cream and after shave oil to avoid irritation. Also, you need the correct razor so you won’t cut your skin. Throw away dull razors so you can get a clean shave.
Also, shaving each day can irritate fresh bumps, so use a razor every second day. Shaving every third day is even a better option.
Gentle exfoliation will remove dead skin cells or other material on your skin, allowing you to get a close and clean shave. Use an exfoliating scrub, loofah, mitt, ingrown hair brush, etc.
Shave in the shower because the steam from a warm shower makes the hair softer, and your skin less prone to cuts and irritation.
Rinse with cold water at the end to close your pores, making them less prone to irritation and infection.