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Banish Razor Burn With These 15 Homemade Remedies

You try your best to go easy on the shaving. You use the best shaving cream and gently guide the razor. But sometimes a hand slips or you use more force than you intended to. Or maybe you were out of shaving cream so you figured you’d try a dry shave just this once. Now you have that angry red rash known as razor burn. Luckily we have these fifteen homemade remedies to banish razor burn fast.

Cold compress: Soothe the pain and reduce inflammation with a simple cold compress. You can either put some ice in a thin towel or use a cold, wet washcloth.

Raw honey: This natural moisturizer has great anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s also a great way to get moisture back after a dry shave gone awry. Just leave it on the skin for 10-20 minutes, and then rinse.

Black tea: Reduce inflammation with the tannic acid in black tea. This is good if you just have a few troubled spots. Wet a tea bag, and then let it sit on the area for about ten minutes.

Oatmeal: This famous skin soother will get that irritated inflammation down in no time. Mix some milk with some finely ground raw oatmeal to form a paste. Then let the mixture sit on the sore area for about twenty minutes. Rinse well.

Aloe vera: The classic sunburn remedy is also great for razor burn. Either use the classic gel, or cut a fresh aloe plant and lay the cut side down on your skin.

Baby powder: To try to prevent an irritated rash, apply baby powder the skin ten minutes before shaving. It may also help prevent ingrown hairs.

Coconut oil: Here’s a moisturizer that can do it all. It’ll soothe the itch and work wonders to deliver moisture back to the skin after a dry shave. Just rub it right into the skin.

Baking soda: This classic remedy reduces redness and itching. Combine a palmful of baking soda to one cup of water, and apply the mixture to the skin using a cotton ball or clean washcloth. Leave for five minutes, and then rinse.

Pain reliever: When in doubt, if the pain is annoying enough, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Aspirin. That will also reduce the inflammation.

Witch hazel: This soothing toner can also help with razor burn. Simply apply it with a cotton ball.

Cucumber: Here’s another natural remedy that is great for reducing inflammation and adding some moisture back to the skin. Either puree a chilled cucumber or slice it. Put it on the troubled areas. Leave it on until the cucumber feels warm.

Apple cider vinegar: What can’t apple cider vinegar do? This will relieve the itching and inflammation. Simply apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball. Let it dry, then rinse. Repeat until the area is soothed.

Strawberry cream: This is a great home remedy if you have red bumps with that razor burn. Combine pureed strawberries with enough sour cream to form a thick paste. Apply it to the area, leave for about fifteen minutes and then rinse.

Tea tree oil: This antiseptic and anti-inflammatory superstar is perfect for soothing razor burn. Add several drops of oil to a quarter cup of water and apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball. Leave it for fifteen minutes, and then rinse it off. Reapply later in the day if needed.

Exfoliation: Exfoliating before shaving can be a great way to soften and loosen the hair, leading to less rash and fewer red bumps. Combine some sugar with some olive or coconut oil to form a grainy paste. Then exfoliate the area right before you shave.

Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.