More than just being unattractive, razor burn and razor bumps can itch and hurt and become a chronic problem. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, razor burn is a rash that appears after shaving, while razor bumps are little red bumps that appear on the skin after shaving. Razor bumps, also known as ingrown hairs, are caused by strands of hair that curl back into their own follicles. Some people experience razor burn or razor bumps every time they shave while others get them occasionally. In either case, you can relieve the irritated skin and minimize the appearance of the bumps.
Women's Aftershave Lotion
Although typically thought of as a product for men, aftershave products exist for women, including products designed for the sensitive bikini area. Women's aftershave lotions are available from eco-friendly and traditional manufacturers, and range from high-end expensive to relatively affordable. Simply apply the lotion after shaving to prevent and reduce razor burn.
Baby Care Products
If you are a parent or caregiver of a baby or toddler, chances are you already have a product in your bathroom that will treat razor burn and bumps quickly and effectively. Baby oil and diaper rash creams soothe and moisturize skin irritated from shaving. Apply baby oil to the shaved areas after gently patting them dry, or apply post-shave while still in the shower, then rinse the excess oil off before drying. For diaper rash cream, simply apply the cream to the shaved areas after drying your skin.
First Aid Treatments
Hydrocortisone cream reduces inflammation and itching and can help ease razor-burn symptoms. Apply a thin layer and use sparingly because it does contain steroids, which can thin the skin if used too often. Another first aid treatment that works to relieve razor burn and bumps quickly is aloe, which is commonly used to cool and treat sunburns and kitchen burns. An after-sun product with aloe can also work.
Avoid tight clothing, including underwear, after shaving. Any clothing that will constrict or rub against your skin can further irritate freshly shaved skin. Give your skin at least an hour to heal before putting on underwear and tight or rough clothes.
Shawna Van Trease has been a freelance copy editor and writer since 2007. She has written extensively for private clients, including market research and website development firms. Van Trease holds a Master of Arts in social work from the University of Chicago.