Razor bumps are very unsightly, not to mention annoyingly itchy. The good news is that I’m going to share with you a few ways to get rid of and prevent them.
Getting Rid of Them
Rub Hydrocortisone cream on the irritated area twice a day, three times a week until the razor bumps are gone.
- Don’t do it more than instructed or the area will become more irritated.
- Rub on Aloe Vera to soothe the irritation.
- Mary Kay Calming Influence soothes the irritation.
- Tend Skin is sold at Walgreens or you can buy it on Amazon by clicking the hyperlink.
- Dab on Visine then let it air dry.
- Rub on Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter to moisturize the area.
- Salicylic Acid
- If you don’t have salicylic acid, you can crush up Aspirin and mix it with water to create a paste you can rub onto the bumps. Wash it off after it dries.
- Don’t rub the bumps as this will increase the irritation.
- Keep the skin moisturized. Non-scented, non-oily lotion works well.
Soak in warm water for at least five minutes before you shave to open your pores.
- Let a shaving cream or shaving gel sit on the area to be shaved for a few minutes.
- I personally find shaving cream to irritate my skin so I opt to go without it.
- Throw out dull or rusty razors.
- Razors are typically only good for about three or four uses before the start to knick you.
- Rinse your razor with rubbing alcohol before and after every use to prevent bacteria.
- Use razors with moisture strips. Trust me, they feel so much better.
- Don’t press down on the razor as you shave. Although it might give you a closer shave, it will also give you razor bumps and irritated skin.
- Give the hair time to grow before you shave again. Yep, that means waiting 2-3 days.
- Gently exfoliate either right before you shave or on a day that you don’t shave. An exfoliating scrub, loofah, or mitt, works well. If you have very sensitive skin, I wouldn’t suggest the loofah.
- Do not go over the same area twice. As much as you want a close shave, you will regret doing this later.
- Shave in the shower. Not only is the warm water good for shaving, but the steam will also soften the skin and help you get a closer shave without the razor burn.
- Don’t shave against the grain of your hair, meaning shave in the direction your hair is going.
- Rinse the area with cold water to close the pores.
- Pat dry. Do not rub dry or you will increase the irritation.
- Wipe deodorant over the area after shaving and patting dry. Yes, deodorant. It clogs the pores, thereby preventing razor bumps from forming. Baby powder also works.
- Don’t wear tight clothing. Tight clothing will rub against the freshly shaved area and increase irritation.
Say good-bye to razor bumps and happy shaving!
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