Razor bumps also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae occur when you shave hair in an opposite direction to which it is growing.It can occur at the bikini line, armpit, face, legs etc.
It is characterized by itching, irritation, pain, swelling, burning sensation, redness, bleeding. Though it can subside by itself with time, there are home remedies that can relieve the symptoms.
- Shaving against the direction of hair growth: Shaving should be done in the direction of hair growth, if it is done otherwise, the hair curl up and pierce the skin forming bumps.
- Shaving too often: Razor bumps is more common in men than women because men tend to shave on a daily basis or too often unlike women. Allow the hair grow a little bit before shaving again.
- Using a blunt razor: While shaving you should use a quality sharp new razor, using a blunt razor require you shave a part over and over leading to bump formation. Also, used razor can harbour microorganisms causing infection.
- Dry hair: Shaving dry hair can easily irritate your skin causing bumps. Applying water and non drying soap before shaving will make the razor glide easily on the skin.
- Not moisturizing: You need to moisturize your skin after shaving, not doing so might lead to skin irritation.
- Having curly hair: Razor bumps is more common among the black race with curly hair than people with straight hair.
Natural remedies for razor or shave bumps
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV): Dab a cotton wool in equal part of water and ACV and apply on the affected part for relief.
- Cold compress: Applying cold compress on the razor bumps can reduce inflammation.
- Coconut oil: Rub some coconut oil on the bump area to relieve itching and burning sensation.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel has antibacterial properties which means it can prevent the bumps from getting infected. It also gives a soothing effect on the bumps area.
- Salicylic acid (Aspirin): Aspirin is antiinflammatory, it can relieve the swelling, pain, redness caused by razor bumps.
- Baking soda: Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply on the affected part to relieve itching and also exfoliate.
- Shea butter: Shea butter is good for most skin conditions and razor bumps can’t be left out.
- Cucumber: Place slices of cucumber on the shaved area to soothe and reduce inflammation.
- Honey: Honey can also provide some relief when applied on the affected part.
Do you get razor bumps? What do you use in relieving your razor bumps? Do you have any other tips? Please drop your comments in the comment box. Thanks for reading.