Who likes getting nasty razor bumps on the face? Nobody! In this guide, I show you exactly how to get rid of razor bumps on your face and neck overnight the way I do it. Plus, I show you how to avoid getting them in the first place.
What are razor bumps?
There are three main types of razor bumps:
- Ingrown Hairs – These occur when the tips of your shaved hairs curl back into your skin pores, and your body treats the hairs as foreign objects. This immune response leads to inflammation and red razor bumps.
- Irritation from razor burn and improper shaving technique and/or the wrong razor
- Bacterial and fungal infections including Tinea Barbae (fungal) and Barber’s Itch (bacterial)
Since you’re here to learn how to get rid of razor bumps on the face and neck fast, I’m not going to bore you with the details of what razor bumps are.
Let’s start with how to get rid of them before moving on to how to avoid them in the future.
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps with Tea Tree Oil
If you already have razor bumps, the best way to treat them is with tea tree essential oil. Nothing has worked as well as tea tree oil for me.
Here’s the procedure I use to treat razor bumps with tea oil:
- Buy tea tree essential oil (iHerb) and a pack of amber fine mist spray bottles
- Put 1-3 drops of tea tree essential oil into the bottle and fill the rest with water (purified water preferably)
- Take a hot steamy shower to open up your pores and wash your face and neck with a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil
- After your shower, towel dry your hair and avoid touching your face and neck with your towel
- Before your face air dries completely, liberally spray the tea tree essential oil mixture on your face and neck with your eyes closed
- Allow your skin to absorb the tea tree oil mixture and air dry
- Avoid touching your face with your fingers or towel, especially any areas with razor bumps
- Continuing spraying the areas with razor bumps every 1-2 hours before bed to give yourself the best chance of clearing your razor bumps overnight
- Be sure to use clean pillowcases when you sleep that night
How to Avoid Razor Bumps on the Face and Neck
Now that you know how to treat razor bumps on your face and neck with tea tree oil, I’ll explain what I do to avoid razor bumps.
My techniques work for daily shavers, and you probably already know that shaving every day leads to razor bumps more often than not. In fact, it’s fairly easy to avoid razor bumps altogether if you shave with a fresh clean razor every few days.
Aloe Vera with Vitamin E
I don’t use traditional aftershave that contains alcohol and strong fragrances. Instead, I use aloe vera gel with vitamin E, and it works quite well.
Here are the advantages of aloe vera gel with vitamin E as aftershave:
- It’s great for overall skin health
- The gel absorbs and dries quickly
- Its astringent properties tighten your skin and pores to give your skin a more youthful and attractive appearance
- Aloe and vitamin E together do a great job of preventing and getting rid of razor bumps
- The aloe and vitamin E will reduce any existing inflammation
- Aloe vera won’t clog your pores or cause acne
- It’s cheap
Tip: Before you apply the aloe vera gel, put a drop of tea tree oil in it, then apply the mixture to your face for added razor bump prevention
Since aloe vera tightens your pores and skin, it’s also great for preventing and treating ingrown hairs.
Which brand do I use?
Click Here to check out the brand I’ve been using for years at iHerb.
Overall, I enjoy using aloe gel with vitamin E as an aftershave. I also use it to moisturize my face between shaves because it feels good and makes my skin look good.
If you have large open pores on your cheeks at the sides of your nose, aloe works well to minimize them. I’ve noticed that the tea tree mist also shrinks my pores.
Additional Tea Tree Oil Uses for Shaving
Another technique I’ve been using for years to keep my razor lubed and sterilized is to apply the tea tree essential oil directly to my razor before I hop in the shower.
This gives the tea tree time to settle on the razor and kill any potential bacteria that could be lurking on my razor.
Plus, since it’s oil, it lubes my blade.
If you have sensitive skin, be sure to rinse the blade before you shave your face because undiluted tea tree oil can irritate your skin.
Remember, essential oils are very potent, and a few drops go a long way. I have thick skin, and undiluted tea tree oil can still irritate my cheek if I forget to rinse the blade before shaving.
Bottom line, give the blade a quick rinse with warm water to dilute the tea tree oil on the blade before you shave.
Best Shaving Cream for Razor Bumps
I’ve tried a long list of shaving cream products in my life. A few years ago, I looked at a can of Barbasol and figured, what the heck.
Ever since that day, I haven’t looked back. The Barbasol “Soothing Aloe” variety is the best shaving cream I’ve used to avoid razor bumps and get a sharp-looking close shave.
I’m sure you have it in your area, but if you don’t, you can buy it online.
Best Razor for Razor Bumps Prevention
I know there’s a ton of different razors to choose from these days, and it can be difficult to choose the best one.
It’s also difficult since men’s skin reacts differently to different razors. For example, my brother liked Gillette razors, and they give me razor bumps. Plus, they never seem to catch all the hair.
I end up having to shave at unusual angles to get a clean shave, then I get irritation. My beard is a lot thicker than my brother’s beard was.
For me, the Schick Hydro 5 is the crème de la crème. I like both the disposable and the sensitive variety, however, the disposable Hydro 5 is my all-time favorite razor.
The Hydro 5 cuts through thick beard hair like butter. There’s no need to worry about going over the same spot a bunch of times or pulling on your hairs to cut them.
If you shave every day or every couple of days, the Schick Hydro 5 and Barbasol combination is the best I’ve used for a quick and thorough shave.
I usually only have to pass the razor over each area of my face once before doing a final clean up at the end. I like to shave sideways at the end to cut the hair as short as possible. This technique really makes my mustache pop.
Proper Shaving Technique
Your shaving technique is also important to get rid of razor bumps on your face and neck and to avoid them.
When you already have razor bumps, don’t shave over them until they heal. If you do, you’ll get trapped in perpetual razor bump anguish, which men all over the world are experiencing right now.
It’s best to allow these areas to heal completely to avoid any scarring as well.
Use the tea tree mist and aloe with vitamin E on your razor bumps until they heal. Also, avoid using any harsh facial cleansers or scrubs.
It’s best not to wash your face with soap at all or use a gentle cleanser such as Cetaphil.
How to Get a Good Shave
Always shave with the grain, especially if you’re prone to razor bumps. Over time, you’ll fine-tune your angles and technique to give yourself the best chance of avoiding razor bumps in your sensitive areas.
In my case, I have to be careful shaving the hair at the bottom of my beard on my neck.
Look at your beard hairs closely in the mirror to see which way they grow. This is the best way to make sure you’re shaving with the grain since all men have different beard patterns.
Once you shave your entire face with the grain, you can start to experiment with the sideways angle after you have your razor bumps under control.
Tip: Don’t shave the hair on your neck sideways or against the grain. This is the quickest way to get razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
Lastly, don’t shave your beard when the hair is too long. You need to trim it first with an electric beard trimmer to avoid razor bumps.
How to Apply Aftershave
After your finish shaving and rinsing off the excess shaving cream, apply the tea tree mist to your entire face with your eyes closed before applying the aloe vera with vitamin E.
This method really helps seal in the tea tree oil, and it gives you the best chance of avoiding irritation and razor bumps.
Last, I rinse my razor and hang it to dry with a suction cup hook on my bathroom mirror without the cap. This way, I’m sure no moisture gets trapped between the blades which could cause rust or bacteria to grow.
Every few shaves, I apply tea tree oil to the blade after I shave before hanging it up.
Now you know how to get rid of razor bumps on your neck and face overnight plus how to avoid getting them altogether.
The key ingredients to healthy skin on the face for men are aloe, vitamin E, and tea tree essential oil. These three ingredients have treated me quite well for years and have kept my skin nearly 100% razor bump-free.
- Tea tree oil mist is best for treating razor bumps
- Aloe with vitamin E is a great aftershave and moisturizer, plus it helps protect against razor bumps and ingrown hairs
- Keep your razor lubed and sterile with tea tree oil
- Use proper shaving technique (shave with the grain) to avoid getting razor bumps
- Experiment to find the razor that’s best for you (don’t settle for a razor that irritates your skin)
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult a certified medical or healthcare professional for guidance.
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