7 Effective Home Remedies For Skin Irritation Caused Due To Razor Bumps

Home Remedies For Skin Irritation Caused Due To Razor Bumps

Whenever we shave off the unwanted hair in any parts of the body, we often experience some little bumps sprouting up. These are also known as razor bumps (medical term: Pseudofolliculitis Barbae) which can affect anyone, irrespective of the gender. Men experience it more while applying razor on their face to shave off their beard or moustache, whereas women are likely to experience it while cleaning off their pubic hair or the hair in the underarms. The chances of razor bumps are higher in those areas of the body which are sensitive or which consist of curly hair, especially genital hair. As these hairs are curly, they sometimes curl up inwards, within the hair follicles, rather than coming out. This obviously causes some irritation and unpleasantness, like infection, inflammation, redness and most commonly itchiness. Sometimes, pimples or pus formation also takes place. However, there are some natural ways to reduce the chances of these unpleasant razor bumps. Please scroll down to know more about them.

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial values. It soothes the skin and provides relief from the swelling and inflammation caused due to shaving. Tea tree is very effective against acne and hair follicle infection, due to which it is used in many face wash and after-shave lotions. Tea tree oil is strong and should always be used along with carrier oil.[1] After mixing it with carrier oil like jojoba, coconut or olive oil, apply it on the infected area and allow the skin to absorb it. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. Repeat this twice for best results.

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2. Honey

Honey is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature. It is a natural moisturizer with skin with immense soothing properties.[2] Honey and yogurt together are a great combination for many skin ailments. Yogurt contains essential nutrients and helps in soothing the skin from any irritation. Take 1/4 table spoon of honey and mix it with 1 tablespoon of yogurt and apply it on the razor bump area. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with water. If you want, you can just apply honey and skip the yogurt. Do this 2-3 times a day.

3. Lemon Juice

Lemon has natural acidic properties. It consists of vitamin C in large quantity, which speeds up the natural healing process. It also has natural skin lightening properties which helps in reducing spots and scars quickly.[3] Squeeze in the juice of a fresh lemon in a small bowl and apply it on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball and allow it to dry. When it dries up, wash it off with warm water.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is very effective on various skin problems. It is full of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Applying apple cider vinegar on the skin helps in reducing any inflammation and irritation of the skin.[4] Apply it on the skin is quite easy. You just need to dab a cotton swab into the vinegar and apply it on the bump. However, if you have a sensitive skin, dilute it in water and the water content should be thrice that of the vinegar.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is full of anti-inflammatory antiseptic properties. It is effective for various skin disorders and diseases. It has natural cooling and soothing properties which help in providing relief from inflammation, irritation, redness or other skin problems. If you have razor bumps, it soothes and calms the affected area and provides relief from skin irritation and unpleasantness. Slice off a piece of aloe Vera leaf and collect the gel coming out from it into a bowl.[5] Apply it on the affected area with your finger tips or with a spatula and allow it to dry for sometimes. Wash it off with water. You can apply it 2-3 times in a day.

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6. Baking Soda

Baking soda has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes the area affected with razor bumps. It maintains the sin’s pH balance and provides relief from inflammation and irritation. Take a cup of water and add one tablespoon of baking soda into it and stir it properly. Apply on the razor bump with the help of a cotton swab. Apply it 2-3 times a day.[6]

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7. Castor Oil

Castor oil is anti-bacterial in nature. It is also a powerful antioxidant. It has skin lightening properties that help in reducing scars and blemishes faster.[7] It provides nourishment to the skin and soothes the razor bump area of the skin. Take a few drops of castor oil and massage it gently on the skin. Leave it on the skin without wiping or washing it off. Massage the affected area twice a day with castor oil
for best results.

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