A razor burn is defined as a reddened patch of inflamed skin and bumps after shaving. It can occur in any part that was shaved.
Some individuals experience one after every shave. If one occurs, there are measures that can help soothe the skin and lower the chances of developing it again.
Commonly used measures for a razor burn
Aloe vera is well-known for its soothing and healing effect on burns. Simply dab on a thin layer of pure aloe vera gel on the affected area. You can obtain one from a live plant or use one available in most pharmacies.
Coconut oil can also be used to treat a razor burn. Based on studies conducted, coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. When treating a razor burn, apply a thin coating on the site.
Cold and warm compress
A cold compress can be used to allow the irritated skin to relax. If the individual is prone to red bumps from the ingrown hair, a warm compress can be applied on the skin before shaving to open the pores and loosen the hair.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil possesses antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been utilized as a natural remedy to promote healing of minor wounds and soothe burns.
Baking soda can provide a cooling effect on the skin. It is believed to draw out heat and pain. You can prepare a baking soda paste by adding baking soda to filtered water until a thick consistency is achieved. Dab the paste on the skin and leave it until it dries and rinse.
This is a topical steroid that is used to lessen irritation and inflammation. The low-strength formulas are available over-the-counter. It must be used as instructed, usually 1-2 times daily.
Colloidal oatmeal bath
Colloidal oatmeal is prepared by grinding oats into a fine powder. Oats are known to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If used during a bath, it helps soothe, cleanse and moisturize the skin. When treating a razor burn, soak in a colloidal oatmeal bath once a day for 10-15 minutes.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on a razor burn is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the signs and how it is managed by taking a standard first aid course with Toronto First Aid.