Ladies and gentlemen, you know the struggle. The struggle of wondering how to treat and prevent razor bumps. You lather up with the best shaving cream you can find, make sure that your razor is in good condition. Yet, somehow, you still end up with the painful red bumps.
We’re here to share some tips and tricks to help you put an end to the shaving nightmare. Of course, you can also try alternative hair removal methods that don’t involve shaving at all.
How to Prevent Razor Bumps
It’s better to prevent razor bumps from appearing in the first place than have to treat them after they pop up. Razor bumps are different than ingrown hairs, though they may be similar in appearance.
To prevent razor bumps from developing, try this.
Exfoliate and Moisturize Before You Shave
Whether you’re shaving your face, legs, armpits, or doing some manscaping, it’s crucial to moisturize and exfoliate before you begin. Exfoliate first to remove any dry, dead skin cells.
Next, moisturize. You can try a skin conditioner (yes, they make those, they’re amazing), or soaking your skin in warm water for several minutes before you start. If you’re shaving your face, try applying a warm washcloth to the area beforehand.
Stay Away from Single-Blade Razors
Single-blade razors don’t provide a very close shave, and you may find yourself going over the same spot multiple times. Doing this increases irritation. After all, you are dragging a sharp piece of metal over your skin.
Go for a razor that has three or more blades. They’re more likely to get all of the hair the first time, minimizing the need for repetition.
Shave in the Direction of Hair Growth
Guys, if you’re shaving your face, we know it’s tempting to shave in an upward motion. Doing this aggravates the hair follicle, creates resistance against the razor, and increases your chance of getting razor bumps. Always shave in the direction that hair grows.
Ladies, this goes for you too. We know it’s a hard habit to break.
After shaving, moisturize again while your skin is still warm. Stay away from lotions that contain Cetearyl alcohol or fragrances. Instead, stick to a thick moisturizer or vitamin E oil.
How to Treat Razor Bumps
Sometimes, no matter what you do, razor bumps still appear. It’s frustrating. There are ways that you can treat them, improving the healing process.
Apply Products That Stop the Itch
Razor bumps get itchy, but it’s important to avoid scratching them. Apply a product that helps with the itch, like aloe, hydrocortisone cream, or moisture-sealing lotions.
Use a Warm Compress
Try a warm washcloth and hold it over the affected area for a few minutes. The warmth and moisture help soothe your skin.
There are many razor bump treatments that you may already have right at home. They include witch hazel, lemon juice, tea tree oil, and white tea. These products have anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe the bumps, allowing them to heal faster.
When You Can’t Beat the Bumps
Razor bumps are a pain (literally), but you can effectively prevent and treat them at home. Sometimes, though, the bumps open and can cause infection. If your razor bumps don’t go away, start to weep liquid, and develop a yellow or green crust, it’s time to see a doctor.