Culled by Mumuni Zainab
Some call it ‘Razor bumps’ or ‘Razor burns’ though whichever name you might choose to call it, nobody wants it on their skin. Razor bumps occur after shaving the face, armpits and pubic areas due to irritations on the skin from the type of razor or frequency of shaving. People who have sensitive skins are more prone to razor bumps.
As they can be unsightly and uncomfortable, you most definitely want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Some people resort to bursting them like they would do to acne but really, this only worsens their skin condition.
These disturbing bumps are the result of shaved hairs growing back and becoming ingrown. Ingrown hairs may look like raised bumps or even acne. Razor burns can also cause small red bumps, a burning or hot sensation, itchiness or tenderness.
Here are a couple of natural, yet simple effective remedies for the treatment of razor bumps;
Honey is well known for the antibacterial properties it possesses. It is an effective method to get rid of razor burns. Apply honey to the affected areas every day, leave for a couple of minutes and rinse off with warm water. Dab with clean towel and repeat the process till it fades off completely.
- Lemon juice
Lemon juice is naturally acidic and so helps to stop bacteria from colonizing ingrown hair follicles. Apply lemon juice to razor bumps to help reduce redness and prevent infection.
- Hot compress
You can make a hot compress by soaking cotton wool in hot water and gently pressing it against skin. The heat opens up your pores, allowing the trapped hair to become free.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a natural remedy for razor bumps. Apply it overnight to reduce them. It is always best to use the aloe vera gel straight from the plant and squeeze out the gel. Apply the gel directly to the razor bumps. Avocado oils too are effective treatments.
- White tea
White tea you say? Yes. It might sound crazy but ordinary white tea bags can help get rid of razor burns. Tea contains tannic acid, which helps to reduce inflammation. Simply wet the tea bag and press it against the affected skin to reduce redness and swelling.
To prevent razor burns, here are a few tips and tricks to follow;
- Replace your razor or blade frequently.
- Before shaving, apply a lubricant such as soap or shaving cream.
- Avoid the temptation to pull your skin tightly while shaving.
- Regularly exfoliate your skin to remove the dead skin cells.
- Try using an electric blade or another safe hair removal method.
- Shave in the direction that the hair grows.
- Shave with light and soft strokes.
- After shaving, rinse your skin with cold water or apply a cold washcloth to close pores.
- Rinse your blade frequently during the shaving process.