Have you ever given a thought that you can reduce your razor bumps with the help of some pretty good home remedies for ingrown hair? If no, then here’s the solution to all your problems related to razor bumps.
What Are Razor Bumps?
The medical term used for razor bumps is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB). They are actually ingrown hair i.e. hair that grow back into the skin.
Inflammation and small tender pimples with red or hyper pigmented papules occurring after you have shaved the area are the trademarks of razor bumps. This condition of razor bumps is very common among people (both men and women) having curly and kinky hair.
After shaving, hair start growing immediately, in case of curly hair they are inclined to kink backwards rather than growing out of the follicle.
The growing of hair back into the skin causes a mechanical irritation and can even offset scars on the skin. Pustules (collection of pus in the top layer of skin i.e. epidermis, frequently formed in sweat glands or hair follicles) may also occur due to a secondary infection.
How Does One Develop Razor Bumps?
One thing that should be made clear about razor bumps is that; it is not due to any infection. There are multiple reasons, some of which may be
• Applying too much pressure while shaving
• Using blunt and dirty razors
• Shaving badly
• If the skin is not properly lubricated before shaving
• Having sensitive skin
• Shaving against the grain
• Sharing razor with a person who has razor bumps
Natural Home Remedies for Razor Bumps
You might have to experiment with a couple of different home remedies for razor bumps before you find one that works best for you.
- The easiest of all home remedies for razor bumps is the use of warm water for shaving.
- Applying aloe vera gel on the affected area has been a good cure since ages.
- Applying a mixture of 3 drops glycerin, a quarter cup water and 2 uncoated aspirin tablets (crushed) is also a good option. The anti-inflammatory property of aspirin will help in reducing swelling and treats mild infections too.
- Applying peanut butter and then wiping it out after 10 minutes makes your skin look better and will make you feel better.
- Every time you shave keep a bit of tea tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle. It is the best way to prevent razor bumps.
- Use of baby rash cream is also fantastic remedy.
- Use of witch hazel works as a great medicine for healing razor bumps.
- You can also pat the area with apple cider vinegar.
- The essential oils of lavender, chamomile or tea oil are good for soothing the skin.
- Exfoliate your skin with a homemade scrub to help remove razor bumps.
- The use of liquid extract of willow bark is another option.
- Mask made of cucumber and milk is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for razor bumps.
- Try out sprinkling some cornstarch powder on the area and then wash it after 20minutes.This is one of the quickest home remedies for razor bumps.
This video explains the causes and solutions for the ingrown hair.
Razor Bumps Do’s and Don’ts
- Do change the blade of your razor once a week.
- Always apply shaving cream before shaving.
- Stretching of skin during shaving is bad for the skin so it should be avoided.
- Double track razor should be avoided.
- In case of a woman who has never shaved before should try avoiding it as it would be the best option for her.
- Do not move you razor in the same area twice.
- If your skin is sensitive then avoid shaving daily.
- Pricking or squeezing the bumps can worsen the situation.
With these home remedies and preventive care therapies, we aim at removing and nullifying the conditions that promote and aggravate your razor bumps.