The results of an uneven shave can last long after the stinging stops. Razor bumps and ingrown hairs develop when uneven pressure is applied to the blade or bacteria is transferred to the pores. The skin typically remains red as it heals and can turn into a dark tone over time. Exposure to the sun and lack of exfoliation cause scars to linger, but that doesn't mean you can't intervene. Treat dark spots from razor bumps and ingrown hairs, and get your skin's usual polished finish back into play.
Pour witch hazel onto a cotton swab, and wipe it over fresh razor bumps. Witch hazel gently cleanses to prevent infection and further inflammation.
Place two tablets of asprin into 1/4 cup of water and mix with a spoon until they form a paste. Spread a thin layer over the bumps; remove it with a damp cloth once dry to reduce swelling and encourage healing. Repeat three times a week.
Massage a thin layer of glycolic acid or alpha-hydroxy acid lightening cream into the spots. These ingredients exfoliate to renew the surface while gently lightening your skin. Reapply as often as indicated on the product packaging.
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Squeeze a dime-size amount of aloe-vera gel onto your fingertip and gently pat it over the bump during the day. This works to soothe the area and lighten the spot; aloe vera also wears well under other cosmetics and lotions. Repeat three times daily.
Lemon juice is a natural alternative to over-the-counter lighteners. Pat fresh lemon juice over the spot, and leave it on overnight before rinsing with warm water in the morning.
Shave after a hot shower when pores are open to prevent razor bumps. Use a moisturizing shave gel, and rinse your razor with rubbing alcohol before and after shaving to keep it clean.
Pat sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 over the area before exposing it to the sun to prevent spots from further darkening.
Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.