It is really common to get a razor bump or an ingrown hair whenever you shave, especially when you are in a hurry. These bumps can be really discomforting or even may cause pain in some instances.
This is because the hair grows in the inward direction instead of the outward through the follicle. This is followed by folliculitis, an infection which is caused in the follicle. Folliculitis appears in the form of a pimple and is full of puss.
While razor bumps are caused during shaving, just as the name suggests, you can get ingrown hair when you wax as well. The underarms and the pubic areas are prone to getting infected by them because the hairs at these places are thicker and dense as compared to the other parts of the body.
Irrespective of whatever the place or whatever the reason is, there are some effective home remedies which can make you get rid of this issue quickly.
How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps Fast
Get the Hair Out
This might be the most pleasant thing to do when you have got a tiny hair inside your body causing you so much discomfort; but there is a right and a wrong way of pulling that hair out. The wrong way is to keep on poking it and touching it until you get a huge infection. Since it is a big no-no, here we are going to tell you about the right way of getting rid of it.
For this remedy you need to have some sugar, olive oil, rubbing alcohol, a pair of pointed tweezers, a washcloth and some coconut oil. Start by sterilizing your tweezers by first dipping them in the rubbing alcohol and then by rinsing them off in some water. Put them aside. Now make a paste of sugar and olive oil thick enough to be used as a scrub. Rub this mixture on and around the affected area to get rid of any dead skin present over there. Now take the wash cloth and run it under hot water. Place it over the affected area for 10 minutes so that it may become soft. Now get your tweezers and take out the hair follicle. You can alternatively use a black head remover as well after sterilizing it. Now once the hair is removed, no matter where you want to get rid of razor bumps on legs or neck, apply some coconut oil on that area and let it heal naturally.
Apply Some Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is full of anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is a wonderful antiseptic and this is why it soothes the pain which is caused by a razor burn or an ingrown hair. Since it is very strong in nature, always dilute it with some water before using.
For this home remedy, you will need 15 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, cotton swabs and an empty dark glass bottle.
Simply mix together the two oils in the bottle. Pour some oil on a cotton swab and apply it directly on the affected area. Make sure that you have already washed and cleaned the area before trying out this remedy. You can repeat it as many times a day as you want.
Soothe it with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a mild exfoliator which soothes your pain until the follicle breaks out on its own. You can use this remedy in place of the sugar and olive oil scrub but only if you are scared of yanking the ingrown hair out.
For this remedy mix some baking powder with water to make a thick paste, but not thick enough that it does not even stay on your skin. With clean hands, apply the paste on the affected area by using circular motions. You can scrub the area for 5 to 8 minutes so that the hair becomes soft.
Once you are done exfoliating, wash the affected area with water and apply a tiny bit of coconut oil over it for keeping it moisturized. With this remedy, your follicle will become soft, and you will be able to get rid of the hair after a few applications.
Apply Coconut Oil Thoroughly
Coconut oil is the nature’s best moisturizer. It softens your skin, restores its natural supple and even prevents aging. So, how is it effective on bumps and ingrown hair? Well, because of its moisturizing properties, it softens the skin and makes it easier for the hair to pop out by itself without causing a lot issues. So, always moisturize the affected area with coconut oil at least twice a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This remedy is for those people who do not have an extremely sensitive skin. You should avoid using this remedy in such a case otherwise it can cause some sort of an allergic reaction as well.
However, if ACV suits your skin and does not cause any itchiness, then you can use it easily. Simply dab a cotton ball in some Apple Cider Vinegar and place it on the affected area. It will stop the infection from forming and spreading. You can also dilute it in some water before applying. It will also help to get rid of razor bump scars.
How to Prevent Ingrown Hair from Forming
While all the above mentioned remedies are excellent for getting rid of all the ingrown hair which you may ever get, yet prevention is always better than cure. By taking some extra care and adopting some preventive measures, you can stop hairs from growing an inward direction while still in the follicle.
Moisturize Your Skin Shave when you actually
have some hairs
When you are planning to shave your hair, it is always better to moisturize the particular area. This is because whenever you shave, the razor leaves the skin dry and makes it more prone to getting a bump. When you moisturize, you put a natural barrier between the follicles and the skin, thus protecting it to a great extent.
Shave when you actually have some hairs
Although this may not be possible every time, yet let your hairs grow before you shave them. When the hairs are very small or not grown, the razor comes more in contact with the follicles thus increasing the chances of forming an ingrown hair.
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In case you get a bump or grow an ingrown hair, you should always exfoliate the affected area properly before trying out any remedy. It helps in the removal of dead cells and any other dirt which might be present on that area. It also reduces the chances of having a skin infection to a great extent.
Use a Sharp Razor
A sharp razor takes out the hair easily and without pulling on them. When the razor is crude, it tugs on the hairs causing the ingrown hair to grow.