Razor bumps are inflamed hair follicles on the face, neck, underarms, pubic area and other places on the skin. It’s often caused by shaving. The medical terms for it is Pseudofolliculitis barbae, folliculitis barbae traumatica, or pseudofolliculitis pubis when it’s in the genital area. The average person calls it barber’s itch, shave bumps or a real pain. First described medically in 1956, Pseudofolliculitis barbae is most commonly found in the faces of men with tightly curled hair after shaving or plucking.
Anyone that shaves can get razor bumps. It happens when shaved or plucked hair begins to grow back and curl back into the skin. This often leads irritation and infection. Inflammation fills the hair follicle, the skin turns red, and pimple-like bumps develop. These infected and inflamed papules or pustules are caused by trans follicular and extrafollicular ingrown hairs. Shaving over these sensitive areas is painful, irritates and breaks the skin, Using old, dirty, or dull razors, or improper shaving techniques can also cause razor bumps.
There are a number of simple home remedies that can soothe the skin and eliminate razor bumps. Most people already have the ingredients to treat razor bumps in their refrigerators or kitchen cabinets. The following are ten effective natural treatments for razor bumps.
Salt can use for exfoliating, increase circulation, reduce the swelling, and promote healing. Salt can also help to prevent ingrown hairs. To use salt for the healing of razor bump, you should add 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt to a cup of warm water. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture. Gently dampen the ingrown hair with it, and let it dry. Don’t rinse it off. Repeat this process daily until the ingrown hairs are gone.
2. Epsom Salts
If you have ingrown hair or razor bumps on your legs or pubic area, pour two cups of Epsom Salts into your bathtub full of water and soak. You can also dampen your skin and apply Epsom Salts directly to the affected area. Work the Epsom Salts in a circular motion for a few seconds and rinse.
3. Coconut Oil and Sugar Scrub
The combination of coconut oil and sugar is an effective scrub for people with keratosis pilaris or that get razor bumps after shaving. It cleans and soothes the skin and smells great. Put 2 tablespoons each of white sugar and brown in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of raw honey and 4 tablespoons of pure coconut oil. Mix them together and rub it on the affected area. Let it stay for about 5 minutes then wash it off. The glycolic acid in the sugar helps heal the razor bumps.
4. An Aspirin Mask
Aspirin is a very effective treatment for razor bumps. That’s because one of its ingredients is salicylic acid. That helps it to exfoliate dead skin cells and release the ingrown hair. Crush 3 or 4 uncoated aspirin and put then in a bowl with 1/2 teaspoon of hot water. When the aspirin dissolves, add a teaspoon of honey and mix together. Apply the mixture to the razor bumps and ingrown hair. Let sit for 10 minutes then rinse it off with warm water. Do this a few times a week.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties. It will help to reduce itching and inflammation. Simply pour some apple cider vinegar into a bowl. Dip a cotton ball into it and apply it to the razor bumps and ingrown hair. After about 10 minutes, wash it off with warm water. Repeat three times a day until your symptoms go away.
In a medium sized bowl, make a paste using cornstarch and water. Apply it evenly over the affected area. Leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Do this once a day until the razor bumps go away.
Using plain yogurt is a great way to get rid of bumps or keratosis issues caused by shaving. Simply take some room temperature plain yogurt and slather it on to your face or another area where there are razor bumps. Let it sit for about 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water while you shower. The glycolic acid in yogurt helps to soothe the irritated skin and eliminate razor bumps.
8. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is excellent for soothing and healing infected or irritated skin. This makes it perfect for use with razor bumps. All you need is an aloe vera leaf. Cut the aloe vera leaf open, extract the gel, and put it in a bowl. Rub the gel on the irritated skin. Let it stay for 15 to 20 minutes until it dries. Then rinse it thoroughly with warm water. For best results, you should do this several times a week.
9. Tea Bags
Black tea is great for treating razor bumps because it contains tannic acid. This helps it to soothe the skin and reduce the redness and inflammation. Simply moisten the tea bag in hot water and rub it over the area with irritated or infected skin. Allow the juices to sit there for three to five minutes. Do this daily for great results.
10. Essential Oils
There are a number of essential oils that can be used to treat razor bumps. Three of the most effective are Calendula, chamomile, and lavender. These oils possess natural chemicals that help them to soothe, heal, and get rid of razor bumps. To use these oils, begin with a ¼ cup of very cold water. Add between 5 and 10 drops of essential oil to it. Gently rub it on the area of your skin that has razor bumps. It is important that you never put full strength essential oils on your skin. Be sure to dilute it.
Prevention Is Better
The natural remedies above are great for helping to soothe, treat, and eliminate razor bumps and other types of skin irritation caused by shaving and plucking hair. However, preventing this problem is a better course of action. By making simple changes in your routine, you can dramatically reduce your chances of skin irritation and razor bumps. Making sure your hair is wet, and using shaving oils or foams and a shaving brush can help to open your pores and reduce irritation. Don’t use excessive pressure while saving. Always shave in the direction the hair grows. Don’t use dull or dirty razors. Rinsing with cold water and using a moisturizing cream after shaving can also help.