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How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps

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Discover how to Get Rid of Razor Bumps.

What are razor bumps?

Sometimes after shaving, you may notice redness or bumps on your legs or chin. It can be razor burn or razor bumps. Razor burn, or folliculitis, usually occurs immediately after shaving or when hair grows back. It can leave the skin on your legs red and inflamed, or with raised bumps.How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps

Razor bumps are most likely caused by razor friction and ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are caused when hair grows into the skin instead of out. They can cause pimple-like bumps on the skin.

6 ways to get rid of razor bumps

Some people are more likely to get razor bumps because they have curly hair or sensitive skin. Razor bumps will often disappear without treatment, but there are ways to treat existing bumps and prevent them from developing.

1. Give it time

Razor burn and razor bumps on your legs or chin should disappear over time. Avoid shaving affected areas when your legs are red or bumpy. Try shaving your legs less often to avoid bumps, such as every other day or only once or twice a week.

2. Hydrate the area

After shaving, dry your legs with a towel and apply moisturizer. This will hydrate, soften and protect your skin while relieving itching caused by razor burn or razor bumps. Find an alcohol-free moisturizer to avoid irritating your skin.

A moisturizer with aloe vera or shea butter can help smooth and hydrate the skin on your legs. In some cases, you may have an allergic reaction to a moisturizer or it could block your hair follicles, causing more ingrown hairs. Stop using any product that causes these side effects.

3. Apply a cool compress

After shaving wet a washcloth with cold water and lay it on your legs for a few minutes. This can reduce the redness and pain caused by rashes by soothing your skin.

4. Release ingrown hairs

Razor bumps can be caused by ingrown hairs. These are hairs that grow back but curl into the skin and penetrate it, causing inflammation, pimple-like bumps, irritation, and itching. Exfoliating your skin before shaving can remove dead skin and help prevent ingrown hairs. Exfoliation can also help release ingrown hairs from encrustation.

Do not use needles or tweezers to remove ingrown hairs. This can cause bacterial infections and scarring.

5. Try a home remedy

You may find that a home remedy soothes your razor burn or razor bumps. Try making an aspirin paste with two uncoated aspirin tablets and a teaspoon of water. Dilute aspirin and apply to razor bumps for a quarter of an hour.

Other razor burn remedies that you may find in your home include:

• coconut oil

• aloe vera

• witch hazel

• tea tree essential oil

Before using this to treat your razor burn, do a little patch test on your skin to make sure you won’t have an allergic reaction. Then spread a thin layer on the skin using a razor blade. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

6. Use a topical cream

Razor bumps that seem inflamed or take longer to heal can be helped by a topical steroid. These creams will reduce inflammation. You can find hydrocortisone creams at local pharmacies. If you don’t notice any change in your razor burn after two or three days, call your doctor. They may prescribe prescription steroids and antibiotics to treat infections.

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When should I see a doctor?

Keep a close eye on your razor burn and razor bumps. If they do not improve within two or three days, you should see your doctor. Razor burn and razor bumps can cause an infection that must be treated with topical or oral medications.

Severe razor bumps can also cause scarring or darkening of the skin. Your doctor can help you treat razor burn or razor bumps and direct you to any special products you should use to avoid this condition.

How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps in Other Areas

If you have razor burns or bumps in other parts of your body, you can use several of these treatment methods. In most cases, it’s best to let the razor burn or razor bumps heal on their own before shaving again.

How to Prevent Future Razor Bumps

Try to avoid razor burns and bumps by practicing good shaving habits.

Avoid shaving:

• quickly

• too often

• on dry skin

• with an old razor

• with products that irritate your skin

• against your hair

• too close to the skin pulling it when you shave.

Never shave your legs if they are dry and try to shave after your bath or shower. You will thus be sure to have exfoliated your skin, to have eliminated dead cells, and to have opened your pores by prolonged exposure to hot water.

Avoid single-use razors and replace your razor after five to seven uses. Be sure to rinse the razor thoroughly after each use. Try shaving lotion instead of soap, which can irritate or dry out your legs.

To find the grain of your hair, first look at how your hair grows. Take your hand and move it along your leg. If your hair is pushed down, you are following the grain. If it’s pushed up, you’re going against the grain.

Razor burns or razor bumps on your legs will go away over time as long as you treat your skin gently and avoid further irritating your legs.

You should avoid shaving the inflamed area until it clears up to avoid making the condition worse. Follow the tips above to soothe your skin as it heals. See your doctor if your razor burn or razor bumps haven’t healed on their own or if you suspect an infection or other condition.

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