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Tackling razor bumps naturally

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Not everyone is prone to getting razor bumps. But when you do, they can be sore blemishes. The best way to prevent the tender, itchy, red and sometimes pus-filled abscess is to stay away from shaving. Many men will agree that that’s not an option; a clean look is powerful and captivating.

There are two types: extrafollicular, those that are characterised by ingrown hair; and transfollicular, where the hair curls and re-enters the skin. The good thing is that there are chemical-free answers that can combat both. Some may already be in your home.

Aloe vera: Used for centuries, aloe vera certainly has therapeutic properties. So, it’s not surprising when it’s listed as one of the most effective natural remedies to combat the annoying razor bumps. Aloe vera gel products are good substitutes, especially those without artificial colours or fragrances. However, it’s better to use the plant. For the best results, apply it overnight and allow the corrective properties of the gelatinous substance to seep into the skin.

Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil, an organic antiseptic and antibiotic, moisturises, nourishes, and cleanses the skin like many other natural oils. It’s healing ability makes it an ideal tool for fighting razor bumps and clearing the skin. After shaving, all you’ll need to do is rub a little tea tree oil on to the infected area and allow it to do its work. Adding the essential oil to your favourite lotion is also an option.

Coconut oil: You can’t go wrong with this universal skincare essential. It’s the antidote for dry, cracked skin. Coconut oil is also a superb treatment for these tiny swollen areas. You can make a lotion from it, which could come in handy as a pure alternative to an aftershave. Using this solution also has many other benefits, like clearing eczema and a number of other skin conditions.

Lemon juice: Quick! Get a lemon or two. The juice is what you need. It’s naturally acidic and this is what makes it worthwhile. Lemon juice tackles bacteria that take control of ingrown hair follicles. Therefore, infections are greatly reduced when you use this method, especially if you are using an old blade. Like coconut oil, you’ll also win twice. Applying a little to the affected area also helps to reduce redness. Use a clean cotton ball to dab the area, allow it to dry, then rinse with cool water.

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