How to get rid of pimples after shaving

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How to get rid of pimples after shaving
Use a moisturising shaving cream to make shaving easier. (Shaving 1 image by Bruno Bernier from

Shaving pimples, also known as razor bumps, are caused by ingrown hairs or skin irritation that occurs as a result of shaving. Razor bumps can be unattractive, itchy, painful and embarrassing. You can effectively treat razor bumps with a few simple supplies, reducing their pimple-like appearance and soothing your skin at the same time. Once the razor bumps are gone, prevent their return by using proper shaving techniques.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Witch hazel
  • Cotton balls
  • Clean towel
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • 2.5 per cent benzoyl peroxide

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    Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel. Squeeze out the excess, then rub the witch hazel over the area affected by razor bumps. Witch hazel helps to dissolve the thin skin layer that traps ingrown hairs, effectively releasing the hair and allowing the razor bump to heal.

    How to get rid of pimples after shaving
    Cotton balls are gentle applicators and cleaners. (Cotton Balls image by Towards Ithaca from
  2. 2

    Dry your skin with a clean towel, then dab some hydrocortisone cream on the razor bumps. Hydorcortisone cream will reduce the redness and relieve the itching caused by the skin irritation.

  3. 3

    Treat long-term razor bump issues with 2.5 per cent benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is commonly used to treat acne but can lessen the appearance and irritation of razor bumps, while decreasing the chance that they will return.

  4. 4

    Wear loose, comfortable clothing if the razor bumps are on your legs or in the bikini area. Tight clothing will chafe against the razor bumps and cause more irritation.

Tips and warnings

  • Shave with the growth of the hair in an effort to cause less irritation to the skin.
  • Avoid popping or picking razor bumps, as this can cause them to become infected.

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