Unless you live in a European country, it’s not too acceptable for women in Western society to display arm pits riddled with hair. Keeping up with shaving under the arms is a constant task for some and if you happen to go through the process in a rush – watch out for razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae), which often appear when the skin suffers irritation, inflammation, and/or infection.
However, to ease discomfort and effectively treat infected bumps – consider the following natural and home remedies that take some of the sting out of these pesky eruptions.
Alum Stick or Powder:
When razor bumps have attacked your arm pits after a fresh shave, suppress the threat of infection by applying an alum stick or powder to the skin. This natural mineral not only contains components that stop the bleeding of nicks and cuts, but also possesses an antibacterial effect that battles bacteria that can cause razor bumps to worsen.
Apply Essential Oils:
To soothe irritated skin that shows the signs of impending razor bumps – apply a mixture of lavender, chamomile, and tea tree essential oils, which have proven effective in combating inflammation, speeding up the healing process, and clearing away bacteria. Make sure to use sparingly after a fresh shave at the first sign of irritation.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel:
The stemless (or short-stemmed succulent plant) called aloe vera – a native of northern Africa – offers razor bump relief when the sap of the plant is applied to affected areas. Aloe vera is known to combat inflammation and pain. If you ever want a steady supply – consider growing the plant within the comforts of your own home.
A Better Alternative to Soap:
When you’ve run out of shaving cream for the arm pits, skip on hand soap (which can dry out the skin) and instead – reach for your hair conditioner that contains ingredients that create a great lather for shaving.
Foods and plant matter – like rose hips, jujube, red pepper, parsley, broccoli, guava, kiwi, oranges, and Brussels sprouts contain high levels of Vitamin C, which can provide the necessary boost to the immune system that can encourage skin to heal at a faster rate.
When a couple of mashed strawberries are blended with a spoonful of sour cream – a soothing mixture is created to naturally treat the irritation that accompanies a rash of razor bumps under the arms. Leave on for ten minutes and repeat once again later on in the week.
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar:
To heal razor bumps using a product typically found sitting in the average kitchen cupboard – pat affected areas with apple cider vinegar.