Here is one thing I can say I truly hate! Razor Burn. I used to get it all the time under my arms and sometimes on my legs but now I am Razor Burn FREE! There are five things I did to treat my razor burn when I had it. But there are three things I did to get rid of razor burn forever.
1. Switching to a natural deodorant. And yes, the first month was not easy but after my armpit detox period, my pits loved me for it. They were smoother, my body odor decreased and so did my sweating. I also consumed a lot of water during and after my detox period which helped the process.
2. I always make sure the razor I use is clean and without bacteria. I do not use a disposable but have switched to an oldie but goodie that has done wonders for my skin. This is a very important step to helping prevent razor burn.
3. Using an herbal salve after I shaved changed the game for me. Going 2 Natural’s brand, Oh So Salvy, which is vegan and organic really does the job but finding a salve or ointment that works for you is key. The healing and soothing effects in an herbal salve help heal the damage shaving causes.
All the information above sounds great at preventing razor burn but if you already have razor burn. What can you do to get rid of it naturally and effectively? Let’s get down to it. Here are five natural remedies I have used in the past that really did work for me so I thought I would share.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. Yes, it is a strong oil but it has a good reason why. Like other oils, it moisturizes, cleanses, and nourishes the skin. But what makes this oil so special is the antiseptic and antibiotic properties. It helps soothe and heal razor burn and can also help with ingrown hairs. You want to dilute the tea tree oil with water. Use about a 1 to 4 ratio and then apply it with a clean cotton ball to skin. Make sure your skin is dry and clean before applying. Do this 1 – 2 times a day. If the oil burns or irritates your skin, stop using it immediately as some people can be sensitive to tea tree oil.
Aloe vera has been used for centuries and is currently more popular than ever. Aloe Vera is well known for it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply a small amount of fresh aloe or aloe Vera gel to razor bumps twice a day and massage in (don’t rinse off!). Continue until the irritation has subsided.
Using a sugar scrub can gently exfoliate the dead skin under your arms or on your legs. This will help release the sharp airs coming in that may be leading to your razor burn or bumps. Make sure when you apply, that you are gentle and do not scrub the area but rather rub it gently on your skin in circular motions. Rinse and close pores with cold water. Apply a salve after will help with any further irritation. Only do this once per week or about 2-3 days after shaving.
Witch hazel is a plant. The leaf, bark, and twigs are used to make medicine. You may see a product called witch hazel water (Hamamelis water, distilled witch hazel extract). This is a liquid that is distilled from dried leaves, bark, and partially dormant twigs of witch hazel. Witch hazel is a natural antiseptic that helps reduce inflammation in the skin. Apply it directly to your razor bumps to help reduce the redness and irritation.
Applying a natural salve to your razor burn every night before bed will help kill off the bacteria of the rash while helping your skin to heal. Make sure your armpit is clean and dry before applying. Do this for 1-4 days until razor burn is gone.
That about sums it up for me. I know there are many natural remedies out there but these are some that I have tried myself and they all worked very well. If you know some additional natural remedies that work for razor burn, please feel free to comment and share.
Until Next Time…