Home Remedies for Razor Burns
Shaving is a common process that both men and women undertake, to look clean and hygienic. While it makes a person appear neat and tidy, the bad part of it is that it might result in bad patches on the skin, in the form of burns. The small bumps are a result of irritation in the skin, caused by the metal razor. These bumps are known as razor burns. Razor burns usually start from a reddish mild rash, which can lead to itchiness, pain and a burning sensation as well. These burns cause an uncomfortable feeling. However, with little care and the right kind of substances used, they can be avoided as well as healed. Given below are some home remedies that can come handy while dealing with razor burns.
- Excessive use of after-shaves and colognes
- Applying too much pressure while shaving
- Insufficient skin lubrication before shaving
- Shaving in the direction opposite to hair growth
- Shaving with a dirty razor
- Not using a proper lubricant while shaving
- Using disposable razors
- Frequent shaving
- Using shaving products with synthetic dyes, fragrances and alcohol
- Shaving products that contain menthol or benzocaine
- Redness of the skin
- Bumps on the affected area
- Irritation in the skin
- Burning sensation on the freshly shaved area
- Chafed skin
- An easy way to treat razor burn at home would be to pat the area with apple cider vinegar.
- In a tsp of sour cream, mix the pulp of 2 strawberries and form a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area, as a mask, for about 10 minutes. Then, wash the area using lukewarm water. Repeat this twice a week.
- Aloe vera oil is helpful in curing razor burns. Dab the shaved area with cotton ball that has been soaked in the oil.
- Potato is effective in curing razor burns. Peel the skin of a potato and cut it in thin slices. Apply this over the affected area.
- Applying petroleum jelly over the affected area three times a day is an effective way to treat razor burns.
- Before shaving, moisten the area with a wash cloth, dipped in hot water (mixed with lavender essential oil). Pat the skin several times with this. Now, apply a thin layer of moisturizing oil, like avocado or jojoba. This will help you avoid razor burns and also make shaving an easy process.
- Mix 1 tbsp each of dried comfrey leaves and dried calendula flowers in 1/2 cup of witch hazel extract and keep it for 2 weeks. Store this lotion and use it whenever razor burns occur. It usually lasts for about 6 months.
- In ¼ cup of rose water, mix ¼ cup of strained witch hazel. In this, add 1/4 tsp vegetable glycerin, along with 5 drops each of lavender essential oil and sandalwood essential oil. Use it on the affected area. Store it in a cool place and shake it each time before use.
- Shaving in the direction of hair growth is time consuming, but is definitely one of the safest ways to avoid razor burns.
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