Razor bumps are most likely to occur on the face, legs, armpits, and groin — in other words, the places where people typically shave (via Healthline). Applying a washcloth soaked in cold water to the razor bumps should literally cool them down. If not, try a topical treatment, such as aloe vera, coconut oil, tea tree oil, or witch hazel. It contains tannins that soothe the skin (via Buckhead Dermatology).
Once you’ve dealt with the immediate discomfort, one of two topical treatments can make razor bumps recede, according to Medical News Today. The first is salicylic acid, which draws oil from pores and sloughs off dead skin cells. The second is glycolic acid, which “chemically exfoliates the skin” (via Medical News Today). These ingredients come in many forms: cleansers, peels, serums, and toners. Products that you leave on the skin for a while often work best.
The products are safe, but it’s wise to proceed with caution before using them, especially if you have a pre-existing skin condition. This means getting the all-clear from your doctor or dermatologist and testing the product on a small area of your skin – and with a small amount of acid. Otherwise, continue moisturizing your skin using a product clearly marked “alcohol-free”. A moisturizer with aloe vera or shea butter can provide instant relief and soften your skin at the same time.