Razor bumps are not only unsightly, but painful as well. Whether you’ve developed razor bumps on your bikini line, armpits, legs or face, applying baby oil is one way to soothe the burn. Despite its name, baby oil can help treat even adult skin care needs, including pesky razor bumps.
What Is Baby Oil?
Baby oil is nothing more than mineral oil mixed with fragrance to give the oil a fresh scent, and mineral oil is completely natural, composed of hydrocarbons found in petroleum. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, baby oil contains no toxic chemicals or pesticides. Baby oil is used to soothe, soften and moisturize cracked, dry and irritated skin, making it ideal for use on razor bumps.
Causes of Razor Bumps
Razor bumps form when, after shaving, pieces of hair grow back into the skin. This is also known as ingrown hair. Improper shaving techniques are the most common cause of razor bumps. You may develop razor bumps if you don’t use shaving cream or gel while shaving, you shave too frequently, use a dull razor, press too hard while shaving or you shave in the opposite direction of the hair’s natural growth.
Using Baby Oil for Razor Bumps
Baby oil can be used alone on razor bumps, or you can mix it with another product if the bumps are especially bothersome. Apply a few drops of baby oil to the affected area of the skin and rub it in well. Do this a few times each day to provide relief. You can also mix baby oil with a few drops of rubbing alcohol and apply that to the irritated area. Baby oil works to moisturize the skin while alcohol has antiseptic properties which help treat the rash and prevent the bumps from worsening.
Baby oil can also be used before shaving to help moisturize the skin, raise the hair stubs and lubricate the razor. Rub a few drops onto your skin prior to applying shaving cream or gel. To prevent razor bumps in the future, always use a clean, sharp razor and shave in the direction of the hair growth. If you are prone to razor bumps, soak your skin for 10 minutes before shaving to help soften the hair follicles, making them more pliable. Apply a toner or antiseptic to the shaved area immediately after shaving to help prevent razor bumps.
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