Homemade Razor Bump Treatment
It’s time to break out the razor and reveal some soft, glowing skin underneath all of that hair! Which also means it’s that time to brace yourself for any razor burn, bumps, and overall skin irritation. But you don’t have to! I’ve got the simplest DIY razor bump remedy that will show you how to get rid of razor burn in an hour so you can live your best life in the sun.
As much as I hate shaving, I love having smooth skin. But razor bumps ruin the fun like no other! I’ve suffered from razor bumps for years until I tried this hack for myself. Spoiler alert: It works wonders for me and my friends I’ve recommended it to!
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What Causes Razor Bumps?
Before I show you how to get rid of razor bumps asap, you need to understand how they start in the first place. Razor bumps always seem to occur right when you least want them. Whether it’s a day at the pool or a fancy date, bad shaving practices right before these things is usually the culprit. Those annoying red bumps that appear after shaving are your hair follicles screaming for help.
Before I get into the nitty gritty, I want to clarify that I’m going to use razor burn and razor bumps interchangeably throughout this article. Razor burn is referring to the irritated skin as a result of bad shaving habits, but razor bumps are obviously those annoying and unsightly red bumps that usually pop up a bit later. Neither one are good, but my hack for how to get rid of razor burn in an hour applies to both.
In terms of razor bumps, they often develop between one day to just a few hours after you shave. Once your hair starts to grow out, the hair shaft can turn around and continue to grow into your skin. That’s where the bump part of razor bumps come in. Razor bumps are essentially caused from your hair being stuck in its follicle.
Another common way for razor bumps to occur is for the hair to be unable to grow out of the follicle properly. This creates a pimple-like bump that can easily get infected. This is how most people get razor bumps on their bikini area. If anything remotely touches my skin down there, my hair suddenly gets trapped in its follicle.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, razor bumps are especially common in sensitive areas of the skin. This can be the neck area for men, or the bikini area for women. It’s all a matter of the quality of your razor and how you treat the area afterward.
The best treatment for ingrown hairs is prevention. But if you’re way past that point, don’t worry! I’m going to tell you how to get rid of ingrown hairs quickly. This goes for how to get rid of razor bumps on private areas, or anywhere that feels inflamed after a bad shave job. First, let’s go over how to prevent razor burn in the first place.
The Best Shaving Habits to Prevent Razor Bumps
It seems like the areas that we want hairless the most are often the most sensitive. *Sigh* There are several factors other than sensitive skin that can cause razor bumps, the root cause being bad shaving habits.
- Using a dull disposable razor (instead of a safety razor like this one)
- Not using shaving cream (or not using a natural shaving cream)
- Shaving against the direction of hair growth (who doesn’t?)
- Improper hygiene (Self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how easily this slips under the radar)
The perfect recipe for razor bumps would be something like this: Shaving your bikini line with a month-old razor using only water and doing it very hard against the direction of hair growth to make sure you got everything. Then you head to the gym and do an extra sweaty workout without taking a shower afterwards.
Everybody (including myself!) is guilty of doing something like this, which creates the perfect environment for your hair follicles to become irritated, thus making the hair grow backwards into your skin, or unable to grow at all.
Your skin needs to be clean, and it needs to breathe! Using the right razor is also super important. Did you know that the little lubricating strip on women’s disposable razors are full of harmful chemicals? Switching to a razor without a strip, like a safety razor, can tremendously reduce the amount of razor bumps because there won’t be any irritating chemicals leeching into your skin!
The bikini line can be an especially challenging area to shave because it’s usually suffocated by clothes and sweaty skin touching sweaty skin. For this reason, razor bumps are often unavoidable for some women, including me.
How Long Does Razor Burn Last? It Can Vary from Person to Person
Some people can get away with applying some shaving cream and be totally fine with smooth skin. But for most people, that’s a cruel daydream. I’ve always envied people like that. There was even a period of my life where I would only wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms when I went swimming because I was so self-conscious.
I’m incredibly prone to razor bumps, which makes summertime a little challenging for me. No matter how many remedies and creams I tried, nothing seemed to work. I’m one of those people that could shave with a new razor every single time with the absolute best shaving cream, care for the area more than I care for my cats, and I’d still get razor bumps!
I tried any kind of razor bump soothing cream I could find at the beauty section of my supermarket. Terrible, terrible idea! Those traditional creams have notoriously long ingredient lists that do nothing for your ingrown hairs. They only hinder your health overall! I have an entire clean beauty eBook dedicated to helping you learn. And there isn’t much out there for natural razor bump treatments either. Until I discovered a hack for how to get rid of razor burn in an hour. It seriously changed my life!
How to Get Rid of Razor Burn in An Hour
This is the simplest recipe I found to banish razor bumps at home. For this quick and effective DIY razor bump remedy, you will need two (Okay, technically three) things:
That’s it! Put two aspirin tablets in a small bowl and spritz them with about 1 teaspoon of water. You want just enough for the aspirin to break down and form a paste.
It takes less than a minute for the aspirin to break down. Mine only took about 20 seconds. Then add in about another tablespoon’s worth of aloe vera gel and swish the mixture around. Now you’re ready for application!
How to Apply Your DIY Razor Bump Remedy
Take a small cotton round and dip it in your aspirin and aloe mixture. Dab the mixture on your freshly shaved area right after you shower. Let your skin soak up the mixture in the open air for about 5-10 minutes before putting any clothing over it.
You can rinse the mixture off after 15 minutes or so, or you can leave it on with no issues. I prefer to leave it on for better prevention. You should have no razor bumps within an hour, depending on how severe existing ones are.
If you want best results, you need to implement these shaving habits:
- Use a safety razor with a clean, sharp blade
- Prepare the skin with an exfoliating pre-shave treatment
- Shave in the same direction of hair growth (I like to cheat this part and shave to the side of hair growth. So if the growth is going down, I’ll shave on either side instead of down)
- Apply this aspirin for razor burn treatment
- Allow the area to breathe as much as possible during the first 24 hours or so (I totally get that this isn’t feasible for everyone, so it’s more optional)
Again, I know that these ingrown hair prevention methods seem self-explanatory, but they can easily be forgotten! I didn’t realize until recently how important it is to shave with a sharp blade. Something as simple as being mindful of buying more blades and knowing when to change them has made such a huge difference for me!
How Long Does It Take to Get Rid of Razor Burn?
Like I said in the title, you could see improvement in an hour or less, if you apply it at the right time! What I mean by this is that you should apply this razor bump remedy the moment you notice them forming.
If you’ve had some pesky razor bumps for the past few days, it will take longer for the remedy to work its magic. You can get rid of razor burn fast by stopping it in its tracks, rather than working on them a few days after they form.
I even had a friend use this hack on her wedding day when she shaved her underarms with a dull razor and ended up with fire-pits (not fun). She applied some aspirin with aloe vera gel to her underarms, and the inflammation went down within minutes. It was like nothing ever happened less than an hour later!
Otherwise, razor bumps can take a few days to a few weeks to heal, depending on their severity. Some of my worst razor bumps took up to a month to heal prior to discovering this razor bump remedy, leaving behind some scars that I’m trying to get rid of. Hopefully you won’t be like me! If you use this homemade razor burn remedy properly, you’ll be just fine.
Why Does This DIY Razor Bump Remedy Work?
The aspirin is a key component because it is full of salicylic acid that can calm inflammation on the skin. It also tends to dry out the skin. Basically, the mixture calms the skin while creating an environment that makes it harder for more bumps to form.
The aloe vera gel is a bit more self-explanatory. Aloe is one of the best things to calm inflamed skin, and a sensitive patch of skin loves some aloe to help soothe it. Aloe is good for your face, hair health, hair growth, and you can even take it internally for digestion!
This dessert plant is a truly amazing asset to your clean beauty cabinet. I always keep a live aloe plant at home, and I have some aloe vera gel in the fridge too. I usually put it in one of my DIY natural facials.
My Experience With this Razor Bump Remedy
I was pretty skeptical about this working the first time I tried it, but I was pleasantly surprised! I had spent the last month shaving my bikini line once a week with a not-so-great razor blade, and my skin was not happy. At all.
I figured I would give this a shot since I already had the ingredients laying around the house. I applied this mixture three times a day for two days, and my razor bumps completely disappeared! It left me completely floored! You really can get rid of razor bumps down there overnight.
If this mixture can work for me, I’m sure it will do wonders for you. I just wouldn’t apply it that often if your razor bumps aren’t severe. I think that once, maybe twice a day should do the trick just fine. You don’t want to dry out your skin with all the aspirin and create new problems.
Some Tips and Final Thoughts on How to Get Rid of Razor Burn In an Hour
Who knew that aspirin tablets and a little bit of aloe vera gel would cure my horrible razor bumps?! Please, don’t bother trying any razor bump creams from the store. They have toxic ingredients and do nothing for your skin.
Always use preventative practices when shaving! Make sure that your razor is clean and sharp and use a good shaving cream too. I love my DIY shaving scrub, or you can find a great shaving cream for sensitive skin. Then you can apply this mixture afterward to prevent ingrown hairs from happening.
While this concoction made all my prominent razor bumps go away, I still wasn’t completely in the clear. Some of the older, more severe bumps calmed down quite a bit but didn’t fade away completley, which taught me two things:
- One, that this is best used when razor bumps are just starting to form.
- Two, that time is really the best healer of razor bumps.
Even now after using this razor bump remedy for the first time, I have a few really bad bumps that are starting to scar. So if you remember anything from this post, use this razor bump remedy right after you shave!! This will prevent any bumps from forming. Or you can use it at the first hint of a bump coming on. Believe me, you’ll know it.
Have you tried this razor bump remedy before? Let me know in the comments below!