Are you suffering from razor burns? Are you seeing red bumps after shaving?
These issues often bring great discomfort and make one uncomfortable. Most of us have had to endure a situation that resulted from bad shaving, especially when you’re short on shaving cream and you’re in such a hurry.
What follows is that your skin gets red and inflamed. Then you notice small bumps and red rashes from the skin where you shaved. That’s called a razor burn. This can occur regardless of the products you use or didn’t use.
It can also happen whether you have sensitive skin or not too. What that basically tells you is that it could happen to anyone.
If this unsightliness is causing you discomfort and you want nothing than to get rid of it, don’t worry, we know just what you need.
You see you don’t have to go running to the mall for a product that can heal and soothe the inflammations, you could get rid of them with a few obtainable and cheap ingredients.
What Are Razor Bumps?
Razor bumps, also known as razor burns or pseudofolliculitis barbae occur when the skin gets irritated as a result of the penetration of your hair into your skin while exiting the follicle. It could also happen when the hair curves back and re-enters the skin.
When it enters the skin, it is seen as a foreign agent by the body which then reacts accordingly by becoming inflamed, to get rid of it. This often happens more often to people who use a razor blade to shave their hair off. That’s because shaving leaves the hair sharp enough to penetrate the skin again.
Below are a few symptoms that are associated with razor bumps or burns :
• Itchy skin
• Sore skin
• Spots filled with pus
• Bleeding after shaving, infected bumps could get cut easily and spread the infection
• Raised bumps
• Large red boils that discharge pus in certain cases. This condition is known as sycosis barbae.
Natural Ways to Treat Razor Bumps
Hot Compress for Razor Bumps
A warm compress using a clean towel soaked it warm water will do a lot of good. Simply soak in warm water and hold for a while to the affected area. Doing this will help open your pores up and allow the trapped hair to potentially come out. This eases the problem of ingrown hairs.
Aloe Vera For Razor Bumps
People who are more prone to razor bumps are people who have acne. Aloe vera gel or cream after you shave will help soothe the spot and reduce the redness.
Aloe vera possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the inflamed skin fast while cooling and soothing too.
Virgin Coconut Oil for Razor Bumps
Virgin coconut oil possesses antibacterial properties and moisturizing properties.
According to research, these properties make it effective in treating an inflammatory condition known as atopic dermatitis. Moisturizing the skin will help soften and soothe the skin making it a lot easier to shave.
Natural Papaya Scrub for Razor Bumps
If your skin gets inflamed from the razor burn, we advise you avoid using any chemical-based exfoliant on your skin. Exfoliating with a natural scrub is much safer as it will get rid of the dead skin cells without harming the skin, this will ease the ingrown hair problem.
To use, simply mix some mashed papaya with oatmeal and yoghurt and scrub the affected area. Raw papaya is great as it will help reduce the inflammation and remove the dead skin.
Strawberry Paste for Razor Bumps
You can also make a paste from strawberries and add your favourite organic cream to the paste.
Here’s what you should do:
• Start by washing a handful of ripe strawberries
• Place the mashed berries in a clean bowl and mash them with with back of your spoon or fork. Keep doing this until the paste has a firm consistency.
• Next, apply the paste to the inflamed areas and allow to sit for twenty minutes.
• Afterwards, wash the paste off.
• You could even add some of your favourite organic cream to the paste. It will get absorbed into your skin quickly and then you can gently wash the strawberry residue.
Homemade Sugar Scrub for Razor Bumps
This scrub acts as natural exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells. It helps prepare your skin for the future friction of having a razor against your skin (you scrub before shaving). This step works overtime and strengthens the skin. We suggest you do not use it if your skin is already irritated.
Here’s what you should do :
• In a clean bowl, mix in two tablespoons of sugar with a tablespoon of pure nectar and two tablespoons of coconut oil.
• Properly blend in all the ingredients and then apply to areas where you’re prone to outbreaks of razor bumps.
• Let the sugar scrub stay for ten minutes before washing away with cool water.
• You can shave afterwards.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil helps you quickly gets rid of a razor burn. It does this even for sensitive skin .
To create a rich salve for sensitive skin with your favourite organic lotion, it only takes a drop or two.
Here’s what you should do :
• Drop a few droplets of the tea tree oil into your favourite cream
• Apply the cream onto the affected area and rub it in after savingBaby Powder
After shaving, you could try patting in a little baby powder onto areas where you tend to break out. Simply make sure you’re not allergic to powders before using.
After you shave, try patting a little baby powder onto the areas where you tend to break out into rashes.
Baby powders began from the need to control diaper rashes and it’s been found to work on the skin of adults as well.
To let it soak in after patting in, allow it stay on your skin for a while before shaving.
You could also treat current razor burn with a baby powder. Simply pat onto the affected area after showering.