5 Ways to Get Rid of Razor Bumps on Women

by Nina Makofsky

One of the challenges in getting yourself beach-ready is that once you shave, you get razor bumps. These little bumps are often red and itchy, making them extremely irritating as well as unattractive. Fortunately, there are a few simple remedies for getting rid of razor bumps.

No Picking

Avoid picking or squeezing the bumps. Although they look like acne, they are actually skin irritations that can get infected. Leave the bumps alone. Avoid shaving the area for the next few days, and the bumps should fade.

Depilatory

Instead of shaving the area, try using a depilatory cream. These creams use chemicals to dissolve or dislodge hairs. Nair is one of the most popular over-the-counter products, but prescription formulations, such as Vaniqa, are also available.

Salicylic Acid

Many razor bump removal products consist of two active ingredients: salicylic acid and witch hazel. One such formulation, Razor Bump Relief, is effective at dissolving the thin layer of skin covering the ingrown hairs often trapped inside razor bumps.

Hydrocortisone

Hydrocortisone can help soften and soothe the inflamed skin symptomatic of razor bumps. It also is a great moisturizer and helps reduce itching. You can buy it over the counter or with a prescription for a higher concentration. Use hydrocortisone twice the first day, but do not use it for an extended period of time because the skin can become acclimated to it and develop rashes.

Prevention

The most effective way to get rid of razor bumps is to prevent their recurrence. Change razors frequently. Allow skin and hair to soften before shaving by soaking the area in warm water. Apply a softening shaving gel and let it sit on the area to be shaved for a few minutes. Shave in the direction of hair growth rather than against it. Avoid wearing tight or synthetic clothing.

About the Author

Nina Makofsky has been a professional writer for more than 20 years. She specializes in art, pop culture, education, travel and theater. She currently serves as a Mexican correspondent for "Aishti Magazine," covering everything from folk art to urban trends. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.