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12 Effective Home Remedies For Razor Bumps

When it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair from our body, we try out various methods to find out which one suits us the best. Most people think that shaving is the method that suits us all. Not only is it easy, but it also gives a great finish with least number of cuts and scratches. But with shaving, sometimes razor bumps can occur. These razor bumps are called pseudofolliculitis barbae. When shaved hair grows again, these razor bumps grow and curl around, only to grow right back inside the skin.

Researchers at the University of Alabama have said that having curly hair increases the chances of getting razor bumps, and it is for this reason that razor bumps are more common among African American men and women. In some cases, razor bumps tend to disappear when the hair in that particular region grows back again. But for safety and to avoid any kind of problem, it is advisable that you take necessary actions in order to cure these razor bumps. It goes without saying that creams prescribed by dermatologists and doctors can come in pretty handy to cure these razor bumps. But for longer lasting results that are safe for your skin, it is recommended that you try out various home remedies for razor bumps.

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So here’s a list of our personal favorite natural ingredients, recommended by skin experts that will work wonders to cure razor bumps.

1. Apple cider vinegar

This is one of the most popular home remedies for razor bumps. This natural ingredient has properties that are anti-inflammatory. When applied on razor bumps, it reduces the look of razor burns and also decreases the itchy feeling that is caused by razor bumps. On top of all this, there is a certain amount of acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar that will reduce the infection caused by razor bumps. You can make use of apple cider vinegar to cure razor bumps by mixing the apple cider vinegar with a little water. This is especially applicable if you have sensitive skin. Dab a ball of cotton in this solution and then apply it all over the affected area. If you repeat this process for about two to three times per day, the razor bumps will be cured faster.

2. Baking soda

Baking soda has many great benefits, particularly when it comes to curing razor bumps. It is one of those natural ingredients that not only cures inflammation, but also takes away the stingy feeling from your skin. Baking soda also cures the redness and the itchy sensation caused by razor bumps. To use baking soda as a remedy for razor bumps, just take one tablespoon of baking soda and add it to a cup of water. After stirring it thoroughly, soak a ball of cotton in it and then dab it on the affected regions. After leaving it like that for at least ten minutes, wash the area with cold water. This is one of the most dependable and reliable ways of curing razor bumps.

3. Cucumber


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This cool and refreshing vegetable has amazing hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties that help cure razor bumps. Upon applying cucumber on areas affected by razor bumps, all the pain and itchiness will instantly be diminished. Cucumber can be used on razor bumps in various ways. The most popular and trustworthy method is by cutting thin slices of cucumber and then storing them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so that they can cool down. Then you have to take the cucumber and apply it on your razor bumps. Leave them there for ten minutes and then wash the area with cold water. You have to keep applying this mix for as long as you see the various symptoms of razor bumps. You will see that after two or three days, the razor bumps have disappeared completely.

4. Cornstarch

Just sprinkle a little cornstarch on the affected area and wash it off after twenty minutes to get rid of razor rashes.

5. Black tea bags

Here’s an economical and extremely effective way of curing your razor bumps. If you have been affected by serious razor bumps, then you don’t need to buy expensive creams or lotions, instead you can simply use the tea bags that you have already used in the morning. These used tea bags help in curing razor bumps miraculously because black tea has a lot of tannic acid. Tannic acid is an ingredient that decreases all the redness and inflammation caused by razor bumps. These used black tea bags will also cool the burning feeling of your razor bumps. In order to make use of these tea bags, you need to dip the black tea bag in warm water and wait until it gets perfectly soaked in it. After that take the tea bag away and let it cool down a bit. When it has cooled down just enough, you will need to apply the tea bag on the area that is affected. For even better results, you can put the tea bag in the refrigerator for just ten minutes before placing it on the affected area.

6. Tea tree oil

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This amazing oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good choice if you get razor bumps on your skin. However, you have to remember that tea tree oil is pretty strong in nature and thus needs to be mixed with water in order to prevent skin irritation. Tea tree oil is particularly useful for curing razor bumps around your bikini area. You will have to mix a few drops of tea tree oil with some water and then apply it over your razor bumps. Wash it off with water and then repeat the process twice a day until your razor bumps become history. The other way of using tea tree oil as a cure for razor bumps is by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with olive oil and then applying it to the affected areas. Finally wash the mix off after 10-15 minutes.

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7. Essential oils

Essential oils like calendula, lavender, and chamomile are great options to treat razor bumps.

8. Oatmeal

Among all the remedies for razor bumps, oatmeal works the best to cure razor rash. Oatmeal can very easily and successfully remove all the traces of razor bumps. It will be the most effective if you use oatmeal along with yogurt and honey. Make a smooth mixture of all these ingredients and then put it on your razor bumps, letting it stay like that for about 30 minutes. Finally, wash it off with warm water. If you use this paste on your razor rash for two or three consecutive days, you will see that your razor bumps have healed to a great extent.

9. Cold compresses

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You may have tried a lot of medicines and creams to cure your razor bumps with no luck, but cold compresses might be the answer you are looking for. This procedure can help cure inflammation, itching, burning, and redness that is caused by razor bumps. Just take some ice cubes and wrap them in a towel, then gently pat the razor bumps with the towel for at least 5 minutes. If you don’t want to use ice cubes, then you can take a clean cloth and put it in a basin full of cold water, then pat the razor bumps with that cloth. Cool and easy does it!

10. Lemon juice

This is one of the most amazing home remedies for razor bumps. Not only does lemon juice reduce the redness that is caused by razor rashes, but it also protects the area from infections. You just need to cut a lemon into two halves and then take out the juice and then apply it on the razor bumps with a cotton ball. When the juice has dried out, wash the area with some cool water. The magical effect that lemon juice will have on your razor bumps is bound to make you one happy shaver.

11. Honey


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One of the most ancient and trustworthy natural solutions for various skin problems is this magical golden liquid. Grandmothers advise us to use honey, and so do dermatologists. Honey can prevent all the infections that razor bumps can cause and will instantaneously cure your razor rashes. You just need to rub some honey on your affected areas and then keep it there for 5 minutes before washing it off with cool water. Alternatively, you could splash some apple cider vinegar on the area instead of using water to wash off the honey. The other option would be mixing one teaspoon of honey with four teaspoons of yogurt and then applying this mixture on your razor bumps. Then you have to leave this mix on your razor bumps for just fifteen minutes, before washing it off with warm water.

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12. Witch hazel

If you rub a cotton ball dabbed in witch hazel over your razor bumps, your razor bumps will be cured in no time!

So now that you know about these effective home remedies for razor bumps, you can be a happy shaver! Be happy, be hair-free! 😉

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12 Best Home Remedies For Razor Bumps
If shaving is your preferred method of getting rid of unwanted hair, you need to know these home remedies for razor bumps. Thank us later! ;)
Suraiya Islam

Suraiya Islam

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