Razor Bumps – Natural Remedies
Alright what can u beautiful ladies tell me about razor burn/razor bumps? I have had it for like a year haha cuz at first i didn’t know what it was so I kept shaving then I stopped cuz I found out, and I used Tend Skin, witch hazel, neosporin, lotion, aloe, and I STOPPED shaving..btw it’s only on my shins that’s it! So can one of u ladies plz tell me a cure on how to make them go away. Plz respond, and thank u! — Kristin
Great question Kristin, and you’re not alone. We work with a lot of actors, musicians, etc who struggle with razor bumps too. We’ve found some things that have helped a lot, and we’re happy to share.
People with curly hair tend to be the hardest hit, but we’ve found that people some people just have very sensitive skin or an allergic reaction that’s aggravated by shaving, and will always have reactions. If this sounds like you, we always have to say, it may take medical help to set your body straight. For others, the breakouts could be minimized or even avoided altogether by taking some simple steps to keep them down.
THE RAZOR YOU USE
Have you thought about your razor? Believe it or not, it may be as simple as swapping it out to a new one or new type of blade. If they are jagged or old, they can irritate the skin. So changing out disposable razors often can be a good idea. Also, a razor that shaves too closely can cause irritation for many. We’ve worked with a lot of actors who need to use trimmers to shave, in order not to irritate the skin.
Another thing, one way to get a closer shave is to pull the skin tightly as you shave. But if you’re prone to breakouts, pulling the skin tightly may be causing you problems. Try shaving without pulling the skin while shaving and see if that makes a difference for you.
SMOOTH THE SURFACE
Do you regularly exfoliate the area prior to shaving? That simple change may make a world of difference. Sometimes built up skin can trap the hair in the follicles, and cause breakouts. So it’s important to exfoliate well first to smooth out the skin. You can use a loofa or a scrub, or even both.
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or sugar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
Mix together, then spread on area and rub gently prior to showering. Wash off before shaving. By exfoliating the area, you can help eliminate excess dead skin that could be causing a reaction. The salt in the scrub also aids an an anti-bacterial to keep irritation down as well.
Another thing that helps a lot of people is to apply coconut oil to the surface prior to shaving. It puts a barrier between the skin and the blade as it smooths out the surface so you can get a more even shave.
You also could make a treatment to neutralize the skin with baking soda.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 drops pure tea tree oil
Mix together well and apply to affected area. Leave on for a few minutes if you can. Before using essential oils, you may want to read our warnings HERE
Make a treatment spray in a mini spray bottle
Fill the bottle with equal parts:
After shaving, spray onto affected area and smooth into skin.
See Tiff’s video on the Uses of tea tree oil HERE
Hopefully some of these suggestions will help. Keep us posted on how you do, and feel free to share any of your own tips as well.