Razor bumps can sometimes be a serious issue. If you shave your legs on a constant basis, you know exactly how much pain and discomfort they can cause, and since alternatives to shaving aren’t always able to give you the same convenience and ease, you may believe you’re stuck having to deal with them.
This is no longer the case! I’ve just prepared a series of tips and recommendations that will help you get rid of razor bumps once and for all, and make sure they never come back. Based on my own experience, these methods really work, and you can try them out yourself to see whether or not they are effective in your case as well.
How to Use Aloe Vera to Heal Razor Bumps
One of the best remedies against razor bumps is Aloe Vera gel. Aloe Vera is a plant with distinctive properties that act to target a whole host of health problems, including accelerating the healing of burns, treating dental plaque, lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics, as well as eliminating a number of skin problems – including the increase of collagen production, the improvement of skin elasticity and, yes, the faster healing of razor bumps.
Now, normally it can be difficult to get Aloe Vera in its natural form and prepare it for the specific purpose of treating razor bumps. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent gels out there based on fresh, natural Aloe Vera extract that can be used topically directly on the bumps.
Using Aloe Vera in this case can be extremely straightforward. All you need is a small dose of fresh Aloe Vera gel (the amount will vary depending on how large the affected area is) and you can apply it to the affected area, massaging it lightly until the gel is absorbed. Do this twice every day, and for best results, repeat the home remedy for three consecutive days.
Aloe Vera has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce the inflammation associated with the strands of hair curling in on themselves in the case of razor bumps, and prevent infection and other long term problems as well.
Tips to Prevent Razor Bumps
- Always start with a clean razor and wash the skin prior to using the razor on it. Also, try replacing your razor as often as possible, and make sure you don’t overuse it too many times – which naturally can cause problems like razor bumps.
- Avoid shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth, as this is also one of the major causes of razor bumps.
- Use a reliable shaving gel, and if you have sensitive skin, make sure the gel is suitable for tackling the issue.
- Avoid shaving too rigorously and “efficiently” especially if your razor is a little dull.
- Use hot and cold water while shaving. Before shaving your leg hair it’s a good idea to shower using hot water to help relax the skin and prepare the hair for the shaving process. After you’re done, use cold water on the area to prevent razor bumps most efficiently.
Home Remedies for Razor Bumps
Aside from Aloe Vera, there are lots of other effective measures you can use against razor bumps that have formed on your legs.
Placing a few drops of apple cider vinegar or dusting a small amount of cornstarch on the affected area and leaving it there for about 20 minutes have both been known as excellent home remedies for a very long time.
You can also try preparing a quick cucumber and milk mask. Prepare a puree out of about half a cucumber, and add it to 1/3 of a cup of milk. Keep it in the refrigerator until it gets cold, then apply it on the affected area, and leave it on for just a few minutes. You’ll find instant relief both when dealing with razor bumps and severe cases of ingrown hairs.