How to Get Rid of Shaving Bumps
How to Get Rid of Shaving Bumps
Shaving bumps arise as a result of hair that is trapped inside the hair follicle and goes on to grow into your skin. It causes an irritation on the skin which is itchy. These bumps have a red colour and are filled up with puss. They don’t make your face look good where they appear and the itchiness causes some discomfort. When you shave regularly and you get shaving bumps, it can be very frustrating to deal with it; therefore it is important that you find out how you can get rid of shaving bumps.
When the wrong shaving products and tools are used, it causes shaving bumps to appear on the shaved area. Shaving bumps can appear on any hairy part of the body after it has been shaved. Since razor bumps are always itchy, you will always feel like scratching the affected area. You should try to resist scratching the area because it can open up and get infected. You can choose to wait it out for some days since they can go away in a few days. If you cannot wait it out, make use of natural home remedies to get rid of the shaving bumps to get some relief and hasten up the healing process.
There are a lot of home remedies that you can use to get rid of shaving bumps and they include the following:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antioxidants in it has got anti-inflammatory properties which makes it good for getting rid of razor bumps. For your use, you should get the organic one that is unfiltered and unpasteurized and has the mother in it. Applying it on the affected area will make the swelling go down and heal your skin in no time.
- Shake the apple cider vinegar well so that the particles at the bottom which is called the mother can be distributed throughout the entire solution
- Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with equal parts of water as it is very strong and can have a burning effect on the skin. If your skin is not too sensitive, you can use it without mixing it with water
- Apply on the affected area with the use of a cotton ball and leave it on for ten to 15 minutes when it would have dried up on your face
- You can rinse it off with water or leave it on without rinsing it off
- Repeat the process two or three times a day until your skin gets healed
Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant that is used for soothing irritations on the skin and can also be used for treating shaving bumps. The gel inside the plant is what is used.
- You can get the fresh leave and cut it open to reveal the gel inside it or buy the gel from the store.
- Use it to moisturize your skin to get its soothing effect on the bump.
- Let the gel dry up then rinse it off with cool water.
- Repeat the process two times a day for a period of one week.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it good for taking care of skin problems. When you apply it on your irritated skin, it helps to reduce swelling and also stops the shaving bumps from getting infected. It is very strong and should be diluted before it is used on the skin.
- After diluting your tea tree oil with water, apply it with cotton wool on the bumps
- Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it off afterwards with warm water
- Repeat the process two or three times a day till your skin is healed
Another method you can use is to mix it with a base oil like lavender oil. Mix a tablespoonful of lavender oil with three drops of tea tree oil. Rub it on the areas that are affected and allow it stay on for about 10-12 minutes to get rid of the shaving bumps. Wash it off with cold water and do this two to three times a day till the skin is healed.
Lemon juice has acidic properties that help to stop the activities of bacteria that thrive on irritated skin. It is a natural astringent that helps to prevent redness of the skin and dries out shaving bumps on irritated skin. Lemon juice will also help to fade the scars that the shaving bumps leave behind and give your skin a healthy glow.
- Get fresh lemons and extract the juice from them. Dilute equal parts of juice with equal parts of lemon as it is strong. You can also buy lemon juice from the store.
- Apply the juice on the irritated area with a ball of cotton wool and leave it on for about ten to twenty minutes.
- Rinse it off with warm water and apply a moisturizer on your skin afterwards as lemon juice can dry out the skin.
- Repeat the process two times a day until your skin feels better.
Baking Soda has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties thus making it good for the skin as it helps to stop irritations on the skin. However, it should not be used for a long period as it can also damage the skin with prolonged use. Before using baking soda, you should test it on a small part of your skin to find out if you are sensitive to it.
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water
- Use a ball of cotton wool to dab the solution on the affected area.
- Keep dabbing the affected area with the solution to keep it wet and then rinse it off with cold water
- Do this three times a day until your skin evens out
Hot or Cold Compress
Use a warm compress to soothe the itching that arises as a result of shaving bumps and also to free the trapped hair in the skin. To do a warm compress, soak a towel in hot water that is tolerable to your skin. Place the hot towel over the shaving bumps to reduce the swelling of the bumps.
Applying cold compress on the affected area also helps to reduce the itching. The cold compress numbs the affected area for some time and reduces the discomfort you have. You can also use a cold compress immediately after you finish shaving to avoid getting shaving bumps at all.
Honey has a lot of nutrients in it which makes it good for skin care. It has anti-bacterial properties and other healing compounds which makes it a good treatment for getting rid of shaving bumps. The best kind of honey to use is the raw one that is not pasteurized or treated with heat. This raw honey has a lot of enzymes and active phytonutrient that is beneficial for inflamed skin. It calms redness of the skin and reduce skin irritations.
- Simply apply the honey to the irritated area and let it stay for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Then rinse it off with warm water.
Black tea can be applied to irritated skin to help treat inflammation caused by shaving bumps because it is a natural astringent. It is a rich source of vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, zinc, tannin and polyphenols thereby making it a good treatment for irritated skin. The tannin contained in black tea helps to fight bacteria that are present on the irritated skin thus giving the affected area a glow when the skin heals.
- Refrigerate the tea bags for 15 minutes to help give a cooling effect when applied to the irritated skin
- Apply the wet tea bag on the inflamed area and wait for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.
- Repeat the process three times a day until you get smooth skin
Witch hazel has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to soothe inflamed skin. It helps to reduce shaving bumps on the skin and also reduces redness. It is capable of getting rid of the bacteria that thrives in the skin where hair is trapped. That is why a lot of medicinal products have witch hazel extract added to it. The active ingredient contained in it includes tannins and polyphenols making it a natural astringent.
- Apply the witch hazel with a cotton ball to the affected area
- Do this several times a day to help heal the skin fast.
Hydrocortisone is a non-prescription cream that has anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for treating skin problems as it reduces irritation and redness caused by shaving bumps. It is sold as over-the-counter medications in pharmacies. You only need to apply a small amount on the affected area to reduce the swelling and the accompanying itch.
To improve the condition of your skin and its texture when you have irritation after shaving, make use of glycolic creams. The cream helps to prevent and reduce the effect of hyper-pigmentation and scaring that can arise as a result of shaving bumps. When applied, it can have a stinging effect which quickly goes away. It also helps to remove the dead cells on the skin easily.
If you want to protect your shaving bumps from getting infected, use anti-bacterial creams on them. This creams work by killing the infection causing bacteria.
The benefits of alum blocks to the skin are numerous. Its antiseptic properties help to soothe the itching that accompanies razor bumps. There are different types of alum blocks based on the chemical compound it contains but the commonly used ones for home remedies are the ones with aluminium, potassium and sulphate. It looks like a soap bar and can be bought from local stores.
The use of alum block is always associated with men, but it can be used by women as well. You can apply it to your freshly shaved skin to prevent bleeding. It is also used to stop the occurrence of shaving bumps from getting infected since it helps to tighten pores that are open. Put the alum block in water to wet it and rub on the shaved portion of your skin to get its soothing effects.
Retin A Cream
Retin A is derived from vitamin A and it helps to improve the health and appearance of the scars that are left over time by shaving. Your doctor will let you know the best one that works well for your skin as it has different strengths. The cream cannot be got without prescription.
The cream works by thickening the skin layer that is below the outer layer and stimulates collagen producing cells that make the skin firm and increasing the flow of blood to your skin. This in turn helps you have tightened pores and results in smoother skin.
Retin A should be used in the right manner to achieve best results. Applying it on moist skin is wrong and can lead to peeling and further irritation of the skin. It should not also be used during the day as the active ingredient in it breaks down when there is sunlight.
When it is used the right way, it has an amazing effect on the skin. For best results take the following steps to use it correctly
- Avoid using it during the day and only apply to the affected area at bedtime
- Once you have used products that contains benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid on your skin, do not use Retin A again
- Wait for about 30 minutes after washing the affected area or applying other products on the skin before you apply Retin A
- If you are pregnant or breast feeding, the cream is not recommended for you. Protect your skin when you are in the sun as the sun can cause a lot of damage to your skin if you are using the cream.
On a final note, make sure you use a single-blade razor with a pre-shave oil and after-shave lotion of good quality to reduce the appearance of shaving bumps and improve the overall appearance of your face.