People who remove their unwanted body hair by shaving, plucking or waxing are subject to razor burn. Its symptoms include clusters of small red bumps around hair follicles, and the surrounding skin often becomes irritated and painful. Armpits, legs and bikini lines are the most popular locations to depilate—and get razor burn. If you are subject to this discomfort, you have options for relieving it on your own.
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Moisturize the area. Dry, sensitive skin is prone to inflammation. Humidify it with a product that will form a film on your skin. Consider a fragrance-free moisturizing lotion, an alcohol-free aftershave or natural coconut oil. Before buying, read the product’s label to ensure it has no fragrances, alcohol or other irritants. If you’ve ever used aloe vera gel to ease a sunburn, you already know about its calming effects. You can also find comfort with a cool washcloth or a blow dryer on the cool-air setting
Take a bath in colloidal oatmeal. It’s a great way to pacify itchy skin. Colloidal oatmeal is very similar to cooking oats. The biggest difference is how they are processed, much like steel-cut oats vs. quick oats. The colloidal kind is ground into very fine pieces during the milling process, similar to oat flour. Buy it online or in chain drug stores. Sprinkle it into the bathwater and soak for a while. Pat—don’t rub—yourself dry with an ultra-smooth towel and smear a fragrance-free moisturizer on the chafed area.
Depending on its severity and the sensitivity of your skin, razor burn can disappear in a few hours or a few days. If your razor burn doesn’t disappear within a reasonable period, or if it worsens, it’s time to see a dermatologist, who will help you find relief.
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