Last Modified on Jul 04, 2014
For most of us, razor burn is just one of the hazards of rushing through a daily hygiene and grooming routine. Our skin is sensitive and running a razor, even if it is an electric razor, can wreak havoc on it, like causing inflammation and irritation in the form of razor bumps or burn. However, there are a number of natural cures for treating razor burn, such as black tea, baking soda, and honey.
What Causes Razor Burn?
According to WebMD, razor burn is small bumps or redness on your skin caused by irritation. The condition commonly forms after you have shaved and looks (and feels) red, irritated, and even bumpy. The condition often even itches.
While some people just have more sensitive skin than others, there are a few factors that “cause” or at least contribute to razor burn. Shaving without water and some type of cream or gel, using a dull razor, shaving too fast or with too much pressure, shaving in the opposite direction of hair growth, and passing the same area too many times are the typical causes of razor burn.
Can I Treat Razor Burn Naturally?
Razor burn is a relatively minor condition that can be treated with home remedies. LiveStrong.com lists black tea, baking soda, and honey as a few of the best remedies for razor burn.
1. Black Tea
Black tea contains a potent concentration of tannic acid. This acid helps calm redness, reduce inflammation, and soothe burning. To use this remedy, moisten a tea bag in warm water and rub the bag over the affected area. Repeat as needed.
2. Baking Soda
Baking Soda also helps reduce the sting of razor burn and even treats inflammation. To apply this remedy, make a solution of 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and dab it on your skin. Allow it to dry and rinse with cool water.
Honey possesses unique antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, it helps reduce irritation and inflammation. Apply a thin layer of honey over the affected area and rinse it with cold water after approximately five minutes.
Keep reading for more ideas on how to treat razor burn naturally with tips from our readers!
Home Remedies for Razor Bumps - http://www.livestrong.com/article/158216-home-remedies-for-razor-bumps/
Razor Bumps - http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-removal/razor-bumps-topic-overview
[YEA] 05/21/2012: Erin from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: "I mix a dab of neosporin with almond oil and massage it into freshly shaved skin. This works wonders for preventing razor burn. I mainly use it in the bikini area which tends to be the most sensitive for me and susceptible to the worst razor bumps. As long as I use the combo, there are no bumps even if I have noticed little blood drops while shaving."