Razor burns is an irritation which usually appears as a consequence of shaving, waxing or plucking. Basically, it consists of ingrown hair that turns your skin red and causes itching.
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It doesn’t have medical causes, as they are determined by a series of human mistakes: using a chemical based soap or shaving cream that damages the skin, using a dull razor to shave, not knowing to shave correctly (you press the razor to hard against the skin and you shave against the direction of hair growth)
However, if no matter how hard you try the razor burns still appear, there are some natural remedies you can use to get rid of them.
The simplest and fastest remedy is ice. If you are fast enough, you should put an ice compress on the affected are in order to reduce the itching and inflammation of the skin. You can prepare the compress by wrapping some ice cubes in a cloth. A 10 minutes repetition every day should give positive results.
Honey can also be applied directly on your skin burns and subside the rash. Just make sure you use organic honey and that you allow it to action up to 20 minutes. Your skin will be soft again if you repeat the treatment 2-3 times every day.
Another fast remedy can be aspirin. You need to prepare a paste by diluting 2 aspirin tablets in 1 tsp of water. Apply the resulting mixture on the burns and let it action for 10 minutes, before rinsing with warm water.
Another instant and simple remedy is Aloe Vera gel. Aloe Vera is known to have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, helping the skin to heal faster. Simply rub some fresh Aloe Vera gel on the affected skin and rinse with cold water. Repeating this method a couple of times every day will help you get rid of razor burns.
How about applying instead of the Aloe Vera gel some plain yogurt and let it sit for 15 minutes? You will be surprised how effective it is. Alternatively, you can combine 1 tbsp. of yogurt with ½ tsp of honey and follow the same procedure. Several daily repetitions will reduce the inflammation.
Since apple cider vinegar can treat almost any skin condition due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also cure razor burns. Mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar, then apply the remedy on the affected skin with a cotton ball.
Another ingredient that has anti-inflammatory properties is baking soda. You can dilute 1 tbsp. of baking soda in 1 cup of water and apply the composition on the razor burns by using a cotton swab. For a better effect wash with cold water.
Black tea can also reduce inflammations and cure the razor burns. Make sure that after preparing the tea, you don’t throw the bags. You can apply them on the affected area after you have kept them in the fridge for several minutes.
The burning sensation can also be reduced by applying a slice of cold cucumber on the affected area for 10 minutes. You can also prepare a paste by blending ½ cucumber together with 1 cup of milk. Let the remedy rest in the fridge for a couple of hours, the apply on the skin for 10 minutes. You can do several repetitions.
Essential oils have proven to be a very effective remedy against inflammations and other skin issues. In this case, we must mention that the best oils in treating razor burns are tea tree oil, olive oil and coconut oil. Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, so applying on the affected skin a composition made with 5 drops of tea tree oil and 2 tbsp. of water, will help you deal with razor burns. Olive oil makes a perfect match with turmeric, which also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Just mix a pinch of turmeric with 1 tsp of olive oil and apply on the razor burns. This remedy can get your skin cleared quick. Coconut oil needs no presentation as it has been used to treat skin issues since ancient times. Just apply some coconut oil on your skin until absorbed. Do this each morning and evening for better results.
It is obvious that for every condition and affection there is also a way of preventing it. You must follow some rules and you can escape the worst. The most important thing that can prevent razor burns is to know how to shave correctly:
- Moisture your skin before shaving;
- Use a sharp razor;
- Apply a thick layer of foam;
- Never shave against the direction of hair growth;
- Sterilize the razor before or after you use it;
- After shaving, moisture your skin with Aloe Vera or coconut oil;
- Never scratch your skin after shaving it. Apply something cold.[/expand]