Let’s not discuss how irritating those red bumps and ingrown hairs are! Because we’re all familiar with the pain. They not only look untidy over our legs, but they’re a real pain that all of us want to get rid of. If you’ve ever done waxing or shaving, you know exactly what we’re talking about. And we all have a common question- how to get rid of this thing? Do not worry ladies, we got you some very relief providing effective strategies. Use them anytime that you suffer from the problem.
1. Manual exfoliation
The best way to treat razor bumps is to exfoliate. What exfoliation does is that it loosens your skin cells and impactions. The reason for bumps is ingrown hairs. Hair that curls back on itself and grows into the skin, causing inflammation and redness is what we call ingrown hairs. Sometimes these ingrown hairs/bumps also get infected, causing folliculitis. Now, you know why exfoliation is helpful in treating this. Just make sure that you use clean instruments and switch them regularly to a avoid contamination of your skin with bacteria.
2. Chemical exfoliation
If the above mentioned method didn’t work for you, then here is another way. Try a chemical exfoliant. You can use an acne wash that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. We recommend this because these two ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat redness and irritation. However, some days they can prove to be more drying. So, after this you can also use other products to soothe your skin. Now, massage it gently on the affected areas by the use of exfoliating spa gloves. After you’re done, rinse your skin with warm water and pat dry. Do not rub your skin too much, else you can end up damaging it and causing even more inflammation.
3. Aspirin mask
Aspirin can be of great use while you’re trying to reduce redness and inflammation caused by razor burn. For this, dissolve two aspirin pills in a few drops of water until you achieve a bit paste-like consistency. Apply this paste on the affected areas for a few minutes. After this, you can rinse it off completely.
4. Tea tree oil and aloe vera for the natural way
Go natural by using tea tree oil or aloe vera to soothe razor burn and irritated skin. You can apply these by using a cotton ball. These products are natural and can thus, be used on any skin type as their will be no side effects. This will help to calm the skin and reduce redness and sensitivity.
5. Over the counter products
If you face a much severe type of outbreak of razor bumps and nothing else seems to work, go for the products in the market. , These products work by reducing inflammation and itching while reducing refraction, and absorbing moisture and oil that can lead to further breakouts. Also, topical corticosteroids cream is said to be very helpful in reducing pain and inflammation. If you still don’t se any improvement, then see a doctor and take the prescribed medications.
6. No picking, itching or friction
Although, these are a real pain and they do cause itching like hell. But, we recommend you not to do so. This will only irritate the area further and slow your skin’s healing process. Do not try to experiment anything over them as it’ll worsen the condition.
Other things that you can consider to treat them more faster is your lifestyle. In case you’ve your underarms affected, you can avoid wearing fitted tops to prevent the fabric from rubbing into your skin. Else, it can hinder the healing process and cause more bumps to form. Refrain from wearing clothes made of rough material and opt for softer clothing. Like, you can opt for cotton inner wear. Another helpful tip is to shower after each workout. This will give you dual benefits. Not only will it help you with bumps, but will also prevent blemishes from forming on your back as well.