How to get rid of razor burn? Is there a way to prevent it? There’s nothing pretty about razor burn and knowing how to get rid of it and take action with prevention is VIP. There’s a learning curve when you are looking for that clean shaven look. Your skin is delicate and often sensitive and if you don’t know how to prevent ugly red marks, rashes, and bumps and make them disappear, you’re never going to look your best for the ladies. Fortunately, you don’t have to sport a lifetime beard or spend your summers wearing pants.
Believe it or not, some guys breakout when they shave worse than when their hormones are doing loops and pimples first start appearing. Information is knowledge and knowledge is power and when you have the best of the best tips and tricks to prevent and heal razor burn, you are going to look and feel manly or womanly fabulous. Today, let’s find out different home remedies to get rid of razor bumps.
Razor burn refers to a minor skin irritation due to a dull razor, irritating shaving product, or not using enough lubricant. Simply put, a shaving rash refers to little, irritated lumps on the skin that appear after shaved hair curls back and grow into the skin, or what you call an ingrown hair.
Shaving is a great way to get rid of unwanted whiskers and hair but it can also trigger a nasty rash and give you an uncomfortable burning sensation that is far from pleasant. You may also react by being itchy and swollen too.
It affects both women and men in the most sensitive places. For women in particular it’s the bikini region and knowing how to prevent and treat this definitely comes in handy. There really isn’t anything grosser than slipping into your swimsuit and having to worry about red, itchy, and inflamed skin.
How To Get Rid Of Razor Burn And Shaving Rash
If I told you to stop shaving forever because it’s the only way to avoid razor bumps, would you do it? No? I thought so, too. So… use a sterilized needle instead to gently pull the ingrown hair out of the skin.
To avoid infection, use a needle that’s boiled in water to sterilize it.
- Sterilizing water: Simply bring the water to a rolling boil (also called as roiling boil). When the water reaches its boiling point, let it keep boiling for another minute to ensure most bacteria, viruses, and protozoa are killed. (Note: sterilized water is not the same as distilled water which may still contain germs.)
- Then, drop the needle(s) and let it stay in the water for 10 minutes.
- Clean the needle with sterilized water and soap.
- Place the needle near the flame, not over or in it. Do this for around 2 minutes.
Before you start teasing out the ingrown hair, first wash your face with the mild soap and water. After that, place a warm compress on the affected area to bring the hair to the surface and open up your pores. Whatever you do, don’t cut your skin if you find it a little difficult to tease the hair out.
Herbal and Prescription Antibiotics
For women, shaving the pubic area is a common practice, but it’s not without uncomfortable and painful side effects. One recent study reported that most of the cases of complications related to pubic hair removal happened among women who used razors (90%).  One of these complications was an infection.
Shaving itself already exposes the skin to opportunistic bacteria whenever you get nicks and cuts. When you scratch or pick at your razor bumps, you could also compromise the skin’s integrity. And if you leave the razor damp, you’re providing the perfect environment for bacterial growth.
I guess you get it that infection can happen, especially in the case of severe razor rash. That’s why your doctor may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics.
Other Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps
By icing the affected area with a cold compress, you will not only soothe the pain and itching, but you’ll also reduce the swelling and redness. The easiest way, according to Top 10 Home Remedies is to buy a cold compress, stick it in the freezer for a few hours and apply. But you can also just wrap a few ice cubes in a towel for the same effect. I would recommend putting the ice in a Ziploc first to avoid a wet mess.
Put the ice on for a few minutes and then off repeatedly as long as you need.
Note – To help prevent razor burn, you can splash ice cold water on your face right after you shave.
Good Old Aspirin
It’s the anti-inflammatory in aspirin that helps to get rid of redness, inflammation, and those nasty red bumps. All you do is dissolve a couple of aspirin in few drops of warm water to form a paste and apply. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to take full effect before rinsing it off. Repeat a couple times a day as needed.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Again it’s the anti-inflammatory properties in apple cider that help take the zing out of razor burn, according to Prevention magazine. Add to that, the medicinal ingredients in this vinegar that help to ward off infection. All you need to do is dab some onto a cotton ball and apply to the area. Wait till it dries and then gently wash it off with warm water. Repeat as necessary.
Any Type Of Black Tea
Plain old black tea is best but in a pinch any type will work. It’s the tannic acid that attacks the swelling, redness, and inflammation triggered by the mighty razor. Just wet the tea bag and let it cool in the fridge or freezer, then apply to the affected area for a couple minutes. Repeat as long as you need.
Tea Tree Oil (TTO)
Tea tree oil helps to soothe razor rash because of its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to decrease allergic skin reactions. But, it’s really known for its ability to kill bacteria and fungi. The active component of TTO is called terpenes, which has been shown to kill bacteria. 
To use TTO, mix 3 drops with 2 teaspoons of any neutral base oil, like olive oil, grapeseed oil, and walnut oil.
Honey is a great antibacterial agent, moisturizer, and shaving lubricant. It also helps soften the hair. Because of its antibacterial properties, honey is excellent for reducing the symptoms of razor burn. It will also help moisturize and prevent infection. Apply a thin layer of honey to your skin, let it dry, and rinse it off with warm water. You can also mix equal parts of yogurt and honey for the same effect. Just make sure you leave on this mixture for a good 20 minutes to dry before washing it off with warm wa.
Another way is to mix honey with lemon juice. Mix 2 tablespoons of raw honey with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (a natural astringent). Splash warm water on the irritated skin, and then apply a layer of your honey-lemon mixture. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes then wash everything off with cold water.
Simple Baking Soda
Baking soda is excellent for getting nail polish stains off nails, to making your fridge smell fresh and reducing redness after eyebrow waxing. And because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, baking soda is also good for soothing the effects of razor burn. As well it helps you get a handle on itching and redness.
All you need to mix about a tablespoon of baking soda with half a cup of water and apply with a cotton ball. Make sure you leave it on for about 10 minutes to let it dry and rise it off with water. Repeat as you need. It’s natural so you don’t ever have to worry about OD’ing.
This is a veggie you need to keep in your fridge at all times. You can even use it to combat those puffy bags under your eyes when you are in dire need of a good night’s sleep. It’s the natural anti-inflammatory ingredients that help decrease the ugly redness, itching, and minor skin irritations triggered by razor burn. And experts from WebMD report vitamins K and C help to get rid of the sting and soothe itching.
Just take the cucumber out of the fridge, slice it up, and place it on your burn until the cucumber comes to skin temperature. Repeat the process as required.
Another route is to blend up the cucumber and add just enough milk to make it into a paste. Cool it in the fridge and apply as needed. After about 15 minutes rinse it off with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times as needed.
Coconut is the only saturated fat that’s deemed heathy in moderation. It also has a huge list of potential medicinal benefits, from moisturizing and relieving dry skin, to making hair healthy shiny and reducing wrinkles. It also works wonders on decreasing the symptoms of razor burn and works best on skin that’s not prone to breaking out. Just test a small area first to see.
Coconut oil will moisturize the area, soothe the pain and itching, and it will also help to reduce swelling and any other minor skin irritations from the razor.
Turmeric is a 3-in-1 solution. It’s an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal.  To use its medicinal properties for your razor rash, mix 4 ounces of turmeric powder with 8 ounces of water. Stir well until you make a thick paste. Then, add 4 ounces of virgin coconut oil. Directly apply on your razor rash and let it dry naturally before rinsing with cold water.
Previous studies have shown that oregano oil is able to neutralize drug-resistant bacteria. Thanks to its active component called carvacrol, which is able to treat infection as effectively as traditional antibiotics. 
To use, dilute one drop of oregano oil with one drop of base oil (e.g. coconut oil).
Two of the worst things about razor rashes are the itching and inflammation they cause. Agree? To provide relief, low-strength hydrocortisone (0.5% or 1%) can be bought over the counter to get rid of minor skin itching, rashes, dryness, and inflammation. It’s usually applied sparingly and gently rubbed on the skin for up to four times a day.
If you’re the DIY type, Mother Nature also offers a variety of plants with potent anti-inflammatory and astringent (to shrink the bumps) properties. Here are some of them:
The less processing the better. Don’t do this with instant or 1 minute flakes because a lot of the nutrition has been stripped from the oats, which means less help with the razor burn. Do you want a soda at full strength or watered down?
It’s the soothing anti-inflammatory qualities that help battle razor burn. All you do is mix a half cup of oats with the same amount of yogurt, add a dash of honey, and you’ve got your mix. Put it on for about a half hour or so and then gently rinse it off with warm water. 1-2 times per day should be plenty for 2-3 days.
You can also crush 2 tablespoons of organic, plain oats into a fine powder. After that, mix well with 1 ½ tablespoons of pure honey. Apply directly to the affected areas. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes before washing the area with cool water.
Baby powder is great for soothing razor burn and waxing rashes. The texture feels good on the skin and helps to clear up dry skin. It’s best to use before you shave to give you a nice barrier between your skin and the blade. You’re also going to smell baby fresh.
All Natural Aloe Vera
Just a heads up that the aloe Vera needs to be all-natural in order to work. Using the plant itself is best. You will feel instant relief from the cooling gel and the moisturizing benefits help too. All you do is apply the gel directly onto your skin in the affected areas and let it dry. Then just rinse off with warm water and repeat as necessary. A couple days of treatment should be all you need to get rid of your nasty razor burn
The easiest way to use this is to buy a chamomile topical ointment. To maximize the results, drink at least 3 cups of chamomile tea daily between meals.
Preparation: Pour 3 to 4 teaspoons of dried chamomile in a cup of boiled water. Cover the cup then let it steep for up to 15 minutes.
Strawberry After Shave Paste
DIY Craft experts swear by this paste to treat the irritating redness and bumps caused by razor burn. You just mash a half a cup of strawberries with 1-2 tablespoons of sour cream, just enough to make it into a paste, and you apply it to the area just like you were icing a cake. Leave it on 20-30 minutes and rinse with warm water. Repeat 1-2 times per day until cleared up. You’re going to smell awesome too.
Coconut Sugar Scrub
This is an excellent scrub for razor burn or ingrown hairs. Just mix 4 tbsp. of white sugar, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, and 2 tbsp. of raw honey. Gently rub it on the irritated skin and leave for 5 minutes, then rinse it off. Repeat 1-2 times per day as needed.
Blueberry Or Raspberry Mask
Berries are protective antioxidants, which means they have a protective nature and healing properties. By mixing 1/2 cup of strawberries or blueberries with 2 tbsp. of yogurt and 1 tbsp. of honey, you’ll create a great mask to help smooth and heal razor burn. Spread a thin layer over the affected areas and let it dry, about 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
This is great for all sorts of skin problems including razor burn. It helps to cool the skin and this in turn soothes itches and pain. Smother it generously on your skin followed by a thick all-natural moisturizer and what’s the magic begin.
Pour 1 teaspoon of witch hazel powder (leaf or bark) in 16 tablespoons (250ml) of boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes. After the infusion has cooled down, soak a cotton pad or cotton ball in the witch hazel infusion. Gently dab it on your razor rash. Do this twice daily.
How To Prevent Razor Burn
Who better than The Art of Manliness to discuss razor burn prevention tips? It’s great to finally remember to shave but not so nice a few hours later when you feel the nasty itchy feeling creeping into your armpits that’s going to drive you nuts. It really can wreck your day.
Here are a few tips to help you stop it before it even starts. Definitely a wise-owl move.
Toss Your Blade Because You Can
This isn’t the same as throwing out your thousand dollar cell phone because you can’t figure a feature out. That’s not disposable. But your razor is. They are cheap and easy to replace so you are smart to start fresh if you’re having issues with razor burn.
If your razor is dull that could be aggravating your skin. Just means you need more pressure to get the job done and this can wreak havoc with sensitive skin. Something to think about.
Clean Your Razor
Not all razors are cheap and really disposable, so you might not want to just toss them to the trash. Take a few minutes to run your razor under steaming hot water and wipe it clean with a clean damp cloth. You can even use Q-tips on the blade to get a little closer.
Don’t Shave Dry
Razors are hard on this skin no matter where you’re shaving. If you’ve got some sort of lubrication that’s going to help minimize any sort or burning or rashes you might get. Try using a shave gel or even a thick lathering soap.
Easy On The Pressure
Pressing too hard with your razor will either rip your skin to hell or give you major razor burn. Add gentle pressure and if that’s not enough to do the trick you’ve got to switch up razors.
Careful On Aftershave Products
Huffington Post experts remind us there are all sorts of chemicals in aftershave products; gels, creams, and perfumes; that often react badly with skin. It may not even be the act of shaving that’s causing your burn, it could be what you’re doing afterward.
You may have to experiment a little with it but be very careful what sort of products you use.
Knowing how to get rid of razor burn is VIP in life. Whether you are going for the clean shaven look, getting ready for bikini season, or just don’t like man-hair armpits, it’s important you have the knowledge to prevent and treat any signs of razor burn, where prevention is the priority.
Use these pointers to make your shaving adventures a little less exciting. Boring is a good thing when it comes to shaving. Razor burn gets ugly fast and because you’ve actually damaged the surface areas of your skin, it can’t heal instantaneously.
If you have other tips and tricks for razor rash, feel free to share them below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!