Razor bumps occur after shaving the face, pubic area and armpits due to irritation on the skin from the type of razor or frequency of shaving. Those with sensitive skin are most prone to razor bumps. As they can be unsightly and uncomfortable, you likely want to get rid of razor bumps as quickly as possible. There are overnight treatments that can help.
Witch hazel is useful for treating razor bumps in all areas. It is appropriate even if the skin is irritated. Witch hazel has astringent and skin healing properties. To use it as an overnight treatment for razor bumps, dip one to three cotton balls in witch hazel and gently dab it on the bumps. Do not rub it on.
A commercial product to use on razor bumps is hydrocortisone cream, which is effective for even the most severe and irritated razor bumps. It also soothes the skin and relieves discomfort. Apply a moderate amount of hydrocortisone cream to the razor bumps by dabbing it on with your finger.
Aloe vera is a natural remedy for razor bumps. Apply it overnight to reduce them. It's best to use the aloe vera gel straight from the plant. To do so, cut open a leaf from the aloe vera plant and squeeze out the gel. Apply the gel directly to the razor bumps. If you don't have access to a plant, purchase a commercial aloe vera gel. Make sure to choose pure aloe vera with no alcohol added.
Essential oils soothe razor bumps and the skin around them. They work well on both the face and the body. Some essential oils that work well are tea tree oil, lavender and chamomile oils. Tea tree oil is quite strong and should be mixed with at least one of the other oils. Mix all of the oils together for an extra smoothing treatment. Apply directly to razor bumps.
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