One of the most irritable and unsightly things from shaving is razor bumps. If you find red and itchy bumps, it happens because bacteria infected the follicles. By the time, they will disrupt our way especially to do a clean shaving. What can you do so you can shave with no razor bumps matter anymore? Here are the solutions to remove razor bumps so it will never happen o your life anymore.
1. Hot Shower
In fact, if you clean your pores in the shower first before shaving, it will be perfect to prevent the follicles to get infection with bacteria. For this reason, a hot shower is helpful to open up pores, soften the hair and remove the bacteria that will clog the pores. It is also good to have the right cleanser to further cleanse your face for a good shave preparation.
2. Do Not Use Dirty And Dull Blade
The main culprit of razor bumps is dirty and dull blade. It happens because of the irregularities of the blade. Therefore, it will cut your skin more compared to the sharp one. Blades with rust is not bad and dangerous. If you want to extend the lifespan of your blade, you should take good care of it. For example, you should remove any hair between the blades.
3. Follow The Flow
It also means that you should only shave by following the direction of your hairs are growing, instead of against it. If you shave against the directions of your hairs are growing, this will only increase the risk of the ingrown hairs. It will change the way it grows. Besides, you should only use very light pressure to shave comfortably and effectively. Otherwise, the strong pressure can increase the risk of cutting your skin and lead to irritation.
4. Cold Water After Shave
Rinsing your face with cold water after shaving actually closes your pores and preventing them from getting clogged with bacteria. If you don’t believe us, try looking at your pores in the mirror after a cold rinse down and you will realise that your pores have turned substantially smaller.
5. Use A Pre-Shave Oil
The good thing about pre-shave oil is that it allows your hair to grow straighter and it moisturizes the skin so that hairs don’t curl and grow inwards causing ingrown hairs but most importantly, it makes your hair grow softer so that it’s easier to shave away.
6. Use Aloe Vera
If you do get razor bumps, one of the most effective ways of getting rid of them is to use Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has been proven to soothe any kinds of skin irritation and razor bumps are one of them. You can buy Aloe Vera gel from your local pharmacists or if you grow an Aloe Vera plant, just snip one leaf off and apply on the bumps directly.
7. Use Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is proven to be an anti-bacterial oil that is effective in killing bacteria. However, using pure Tea Tree Oil might be counter-productive and might further irritate the skin as it is very strong. So always dilute it with water or other essential oils such as peppermint when applying it.
8. Use Hydrocortisone Cream
Hydrocortisone cream has always been the “go-to” cream to help razor bumps. Hydrocortisone is a topical steroid that would help stop the chemicals in our body that causes swelling and inflammation. The cream helps reduce razor bumps very quickly but must be used with care and upon your doctor’s advice.
9. Witch Hazel
The old grandmother’s remedy for any skin irritation still works wonders till this day. Because Witch Hazel has an antiseptic property to it, it can calm irritated skin by leaving your skin with a nice tingling and cool feeling just like Aloe Vera Gel.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
A natural antiseptic, Apple Cider Vinegar not only helps in soothing the skin from the irritation, it also helps to heal the skin. Simply dab a cotton ball into the Apple Cider Vinegar and apply it over the affected area.
There are other old tricks that have been practiced by men and women for the longest time. One of them is to use cucumbers because it is high in Vitamin K and C which are known for its skin healing abilities. Another old remedy would be to use Olive Oil and to increase its effectiveness, mix it with 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Apply it on the affected area with a cotton ball and leave it for 15 minutes on the skin.