Razor bumps can be irritating, itchy, and uncomfortable. Luckily, this guide can help you to get rid of the bumps from shaving fast! We'll also share some practical tips on preventing razor bumps in the future.
What Causes Razor Bumps?
There are a number of reasons why you may get razor bumps after shaving:
- Shaving without soap or shaving cream
- Using an old razor that is dull and/or clogged with hair, soap, or shaving cream
- Shaving against the direction of your hair
- Beauty products that irritate your skin
- Shaving too quickly or aggressively over the same area
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps From Shaving
Razor bumps occur when there is ingrown hair that develops after shaving. There is no miracle cure, but these practical tips will help you get rid of bumps from shaving fast:
- Body Scrubs: Rubbing the skin with a body scrub can remove dead skin cells which may be blocking the ingrown hair, allowing the trapped hair to break free. You can easily make one yourself from only two ingredients – check out our article “Easy DIY Sugar Scrub for Body and Face“.
- Aloe Vera: This soothing gel is anti-inflammatory and will moisturize the skin, reducing the risk of clogging pores and trapping hairs.
- Brush the Skin: By gently brushing the skin with a soft brush (you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush here for more intimate or smaller areas) you are guiding the hairs outwards, so they do not become trapped.
- Tweeze: If the ingrown hair is visible, use sterilized tweezers to pluck the hair out of the clogged pore. If the ingrown hair is not visible, do not attempt this trick, as you could irritate or damage your skin further.
- Warm washcloth: Gently rubbing a warm washcloth over the skin will soften the skin, drawing the ingrown hairs out.
How to Prevent Razor Bumps
It’s not easy to get rid of razor bumps, so it’s better to prevent them from forming in the first place. Treating your skin properly before you start shaving is the best way to do so.
Here are some practical tips for what to do:
- Cleanse the skin with warm water and soap
- Exfoliate beforehand
- Use a clean and sharp razor
- Shave when the skin is wet
- Shave in the direction of hair growth
- Use shaving cream or gel
- Moisturize afterward
- Avoid shaving creams and foams that contain irritating and chemical ingredients. The same goes for your moisturizer.
General Shaving Tips
If you follow the tips above to prevent razor bumps, you should get a clean and safe shave every time.
But as a general rule of thumb, make sure to never shave your skin when it is dry, always keep a razor clean and sharp (you can do this by cleaning it with alcohol before every shave), and replace your razor regularly. Also, remember to always shave carefully without applying too much pressure or rushing.
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