Shaving removes hair from legs, causing them to look and feel smooth and sleek. Inadequate shaving preparation and poor techniques can cause skin to become irritated, forming red bumps. This unsightly red rash can itch or burn, and is known as razor burn. Each time you shave your legs, you peel off the top layer of skin. This causes skin to become re-irritated, allowing the razor burn to persist. Fortunately, there are simple remedies that effectively remove razor bumps.
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Things you need
- Mild exfoliant containing salicylic acid
- Aloe vera cream
- Hydrocortisone cream, 1%
Dampen your legs with water. Rub a mild exfoliant containing salicylic acid onto your legs. The exfoliant will remove old, dead, surface skin from your legs that could clog your pores.
Rub a washcloth lightly over your skin to help the exfoliant remove the dead skin. Rinse the exfoliant off of your legs with water.
Rub aloe vera cream thoroughly over your legs. Aloe vera will soothe your legs and help them to heal.
Inspect your legs a week after applying the solutions daily. If the razor bumps remain and your skin is still irritated, dab 1% hydrocortisone cream onto the bumps. Hydrocortisone cream will immediately reduce the sting, redness and irritation.
Resume shaving only when the bumps are completely gone. If you shave while you have razor bumps, the rash will continue to worsen and the skin will not heal.
Tips and warnings
- Tea tree oil can be used instead of aloe vera cream.
- Do not use hydrocortisone cream daily; overuse of cortisone solutions can cause skin to thin and blood vessels may enlarge.
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