Razor cuts are irritations of the skin from shaving with a razor. There may also be small nicks or cuts that happen. Razor bumps are from ingrown hairs. These hairs get pushed back into the follicle. Shaving makes the top layer of your skin peel. The blood vessels become dilated and the irritated skin begins to show swelling, redness and bumps.
Razor burn may appear as a mild rash that might also have razor bumps, which is a raised welt or infected pustule around a shaved hair. The skin becomes irritated and red. You may feel a burning sensation on the freshly shaved area. The skin may appear chafed and feel itchy or have a burning sensation.
Razor cuts can be caused by too much pressure while shaving due to friction on the skin. This may also happen if you don't use enough lubrication on your skin. If you shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth, razor burn can appear. Excessive use of colognes and aftershave lotion can make the burn worse by drying out the skin. When shaving, it is best to use a sharp razor and to lubricate the skin first. Always shave in the direction the hair grows.
Small cuts and nicks can become infected. If you have a razor burn or bumps that don't heal in a few days, or if they appear infected, see a doctor.
- Aloe vera – apply the gel to the affected area to reduce the irritation and redness. Aloe is very soothing and can be used as needed.
- Oats – take a bath with finely ground oatmeal added to ease itching and burning of the skin. Soak for 15 minutes.
- Chamomile – make a tea of chamomile flowers and let it cool. Use this tea as a skin wash on the affected area. To make it even more healing, add comfrey or calendula to the tea.
- Witch hazel – apply to the razor burn as needed to soothe the itching and burning.
- Calendula – apply a cream with calendula added to the irritated area to soothe the skin.
- Tea tree – add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to some aloe vera and apply to the affected area. The aloe soothes the razor burn and the tea tree oil help keep any nicks or bumps from becoming infected.
- Shea butter – apply this ointment to moisturize and soothe the skin after a razor cuts. This natural butter has the ability to heal the skin quickly and keep it moisturized.
- Patchouli – this essential oil can help regenerate skin cells.
- After Shaving Lotion recipe – steep 1 tablespoon of dried comfrey leaves and 1 teaspoon of dried calendula flowers in a half cup of witch hazel extract for two weeks. Strain out the herbs and add ¼ cup of the infused witch hazel with ¼ cup of rose water. Add ¼ teaspoon of glycerin, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil. Shake well before applying the lotion. Store in a cool, dry place. The lotion will last for six months.