Will you ever get rid of those razor bumps?
You’ve tried a bunch of home remedies, but these just keep popping up no matter what you do. Of course, you could try thousands of methods, but who wants to spend ages looking for those ingredients?
You probably won’t remove these ones overnight, but you can achieve it much faster than if you just waited for the skin to heal itself.
Razor bumps normally happen when a blade pulls the hair, cutting it beneath the skin. We’ll share some basic remedies you can use plus preventive techniques to stop them once and for all.
Do You Treat Razor Bumps The Same Way You Treat Razor Burn?
Many use both terms as if they were the same because they cause similar effects: inflammation, red rash, tenderness.
While razor burns happen to everyone all the time, razor bumps happen often to curly hair people. That’s perhaps the case if you’re reading this article.
The hair that curls back to the skin creates razor bumps when cut, which takes longer to recover than razor burn. There’s never a single cause of razor bumps; it could be:
- Skin-irritable products
- Using an old razor
- Using a clogged razor on the wrong hair direction
- Shaving the same area too much
- Shaving too much hair at once, which forces you to pull it, not cut it
Since both issues are similar, most razor burn remedies also work for razor bumps. They rarely happen because you did something wrong, but because you used the wrong products or forgot the post-shave care.
Read This Before Looking For Home Remedies
All home remedies work. But if you keep causing those razor bumps, they will continue to appear. Sometimes, they last so long that people wonder: “Will they ever go away? They look permanent.”
As you use the techniques, avoid the things that cause bumps. That’s the difference between bumps that last days from the ones that last months.
#1 Don’t try too hard
Nobody likes how bumps look like, especially if the case is severe. The temporary inflammation may make you want to touch the face, try different creams, or cut the hair again.
Sometimes, the fastest way to heal the skin is to do some minimal care and not touch it at all. Think of the natural remedies we’re about to share: if you applied, say, seven of them at the same time, there’s a higher chance to irritate your skin.
You don’t know how these methods react with each other. The best you can do is just pick one and wait.
#2 Do not shave until they disappear
Not only will it hurt more, but it also makes the razor bumps last longer. The hair will grow despite the bumps, and once the skin covers, you can cut that effortlessly.
Shaving too early will only cause inflammation and leave an itchy skin. It’s not ideal, but at least that hair can hide the razor bumps until they go away.
#3 Don’t forget to take care of your skin
Have you wondered why bumps and blisters always appear at the worst moment? Simple reason: many of us only take care of the skin once something isn’t right. When the skin is healthy, however, it’s easy to look at skin care as innecessary.
Just as razor bumps are temporary, healthy skin will stop being healthy if you don’t look after it. Using scrubs often will remove the dead cells of your skin before they infect and become more visible.
Razor Bump Home Remedies: Methods You Should Try Today
Use Scrubs with caution
Exfoliating scrubs remove the dead skin cells. The exfoliated skin is easier to shave and regenerates faster from micro-injuries. Aside from unclogging pores, it gives the skin a glow, soft touch.
Using scrubs way too often causes the opposite effect. Use them once a week or less to avoid facial irritation.
When the hair is pulled— not cut— the razor leaves ingrown hair and causes the bumps. If we remove that hair, the pores will recover naturally.
Heating the affected part will cleanse from unwanted substances. Warm the irritated area for fifteen minutes to start taking effect, then you can apply a cream or moisturizer.
Natural oils, in general, have always proven to be great skin treatments. A tiny dose of coconut oil will gradually reduce inflammation in your body. That makes it the perfect skincare product and cooking ingredient.
Another alternative, almond oil, works as a natural moisturizer. It reduces the excess of natural oil and improves skin condition.
If you own none of those, you can use tea tree oil as well. Pick whichever is easier to get and offers better results.
Today, you can find aloe vera. Given how many properties it has, it’s unlikely you don’t have this one at home. A small dose can:
- Accelerate skin healing (razor burns, for example)
- Prevent wrinkles
- Reduce face inflamation
If you’ve dealt with razor bumps for a while, aloe vera is the first method you should try. It heals the area long after you apply it, affecting even the earliest bumps.
It still may not be enough to get rid of the problem, but aloe vera surely makes things easier when applied with the next remedies.
Razor bumps can happen to anyone, but when will they go away? It depends on how infected the area is. The moment you apply lemon on the pumped area, you prevent it from infecting with bacteria.
Use some juice with a cotton ball and apply for five to ten minutes. After it dries, wash with warm water.
If you’re looking for a quick all-in-one trick, use honey. It helps to remove bacteria, stop irritation, and heal the skin faster.
Two times a day, you apply a layer of honey on the razor bumps, wait for it to dry, then wash with cold water.
Cucumber masks are a classic in skincare and for good reasons. Like lemon juice, cucumber will stop bacteria from infecting the area and regenerate the skin.
If you choose the cucumber method, you can combine it with a lemon remedy. If you rub cold cucumber slices several times a day, the properties and K vitamins will start to heal the affected part.
Moisturizing Shaving Cream
Lemon twice a day, cucumber four times a day, scrubbing once a week… How do you know which method will work? It’s too complex to follow too many remedies at once.
You’re in luck. We know a (natural) moisturizer that combines the exact ingredients we’ve introduced. You’ll need 1/2 cup of coconut (or almond) oil, 1/2 cup of honey, two tablespoons of aloe vera, and ten drops of tea tree oil.
An electric mixer should whip the oil until it looks smooth, and then add the other ingredients to blend.
Here it is: a DIY razor bump cream for everyday use!
How To Prevent Razor Bumps
Once you have razor bumps, it takes time to remove them, no matter how hard you try. It’s convenient to prevent these beforehand or at least minimize them.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to follow fifty complex steps to stay healthy. Only some tweaks and simple hygiene habits.
#1 Post-Shaving Treatment
Once you finish shaving, you may think your skin is fine because you look better. But the micro-injuries still remain in your skin, although you can’t see them.
Leaving those “scratches” can lead to infection and razor bumps the next time you shave. If you shave every few days, use a cream to repair and soften the skin.
#2 Get A Better Blade!
There’s only so much you can do by following hygienic practices. With an old razor, you could infect your razor bumps even when doing everything right, while a better razor gets the job done quickly and effortlessly.
Should you choose an electric razor, a safety razor, or a disposable razor? If you’ve tried many brands but none of them work well, then you should switch razor types. It may cause razor burn, but it’s still better than using the same one for months or years.
#3 Alternative Techniques
You keep trying products and nothing works. Have you thought of using other hair removal methods?
Everybody has experienced razor bumps from time to time. If you shave often, you’ll likely find those bumps on specific body parts. When you use it in another one, there’s no problem.
Of course, that changes with every person. The idea is, don’t your razor for everything.
For a covered skin, razors work great. If you cause some bumps by accident, they won’t be noticeable.
Some parts of the face can be smaller and more sensitive. Then, you can try depilatory creams to get rid of the shaving problem. For larger areas, you can try wax.
#4 Get the right timing
Everybody’s hair grows at a different rate. If you shave too often, it can cause irritation and razor burn. If you don’t shave frequently enough, the hair will get curly and cause razor bumps the next time.
Both cases lead to irritation and inflammation. Although frequency matters, the razor cream you use has more to do with the bumps.
For a hairless look, you can shave facial hair every two to five days. For legs and other visible parts, once a week should work just as fine. For the rest of your body, you can patiently wait weeks since the hair grows slower. What matters is waiting at least two days to let the skin regenerate.
#5 Know when to look for help
Remember that you can only do so much with home remedies. Other people may experience bumps that last longer than usual. Plus, the changes you make aren’t always visible.
Once you’ve tried these remedies, you can default to a razor bump product to solve the problem faster. Companies have created these creams to compensate for the limitations of natural remedies.
Do you really need them? You won’t know until you try the natural means.