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Getting Rid of Razor Bumps

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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

  1. Rub Hydrocortisone cream on the irritated area twice a day, three times a week until the razor bumps are gone.
    1. Don’t do it more than instructed or the area will become more irritated.
  2. Rub on Aloe Vera to soothe the irritation.
  3. Mary Kay Calming Influence soothes the irritation.
  4. Tend Skin is sold at Walgreens or you can buy it on Amazon by clicking the hyperlink.
  5. Dab on Visine then let it air dry.
  6. Rub on Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter to moisturize the area.
  7. Salicylic Acid
    1. 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.
  8. Don’t rub the bumps as this will increase the irritation.
  9. Keep the skin moisturized. Non-scented, non-oily lotion works well.

Prevention

  1. Soak in warm water for at least five minutes before you shave to open your pores.
  2. Let a shaving cream or shaving gel sit on the area to be shaved for a few minutes.
    1. I personally find shaving cream to irritate my skin so I opt to go without it.
  3. Throw out dull or rusty razors.
    1. Razors are typically only good for about three or four uses before the start to knick you.
  4. Rinse your razor with rubbing alcohol before and after every use to prevent bacteria.
  5. Use razors with moisture strips. Trust me, they feel so much better.
  6. 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.
  7. Give the hair time to grow before you shave again. Yep, that means waiting 2-3 days.
  8. 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.
  9. Do not go over the same area twice. As much as you want a close shave, you will regret doing this later.
  10. 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.
  11. Don’t shave against the grain of your hair, meaning shave in the direction your hair is going.
  12. Rinse the area with cold water to close the pores.
  13. Pat dry. Do not rub dry or you will increase the irritation.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!