How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps and Pesky Post-Shave Irritation

There’s nothing worse than having to shave when your skin has erupted with razor bumps.

“Ingrown hairs are the result of whiskers that do a U-turn and grow back into and under the skin, creating a razor bump. The best way to avoid such issues is via regular cleansing and with a targeted face scrub. Such scrubs will un-earth ingrown hairs making it easier for the razor to take them off,” says Mike Gilman founder of the Grooming Lounge. But that’s all before you shave. What do you do once the damage has been done? How do you get rid of razor bumps and post-shave irritation and redness?

Look for products that fight razor bumps with a one, two punch. Most utilize salicylic or glycolic Acid to exfoliate dead surface cells and free ingrown hairs. They can also heal and calm your skin with soothing ingredients like chamomile and aloe. We’ve rounded up our picks of the best of the best.

Check out our favorite razor bump and ingrown hair fixes if you’re the type to see this problem often. If these aren’t helpful, it might be time to re-evaluate your shaving technique.

Best Buy

SteelMclean Parallel – $35
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We don’t just get razor bumps from shaving–they also come from waxing, clogged pores, and as previously mentioned, ingrown hairs. Relieve yourself of all of those problems and moisturize, too, with the 1-2 punch of SteelMclean’s Parallel rapid smooth bump relief and exfoliant. Parallel does the job using vitamins and medicinal extracts to exfoliate dead skin rapidly leaving smooth, hydrated, and clear skin behind. The brand also notes it works on fine lines and dark spots (and we personally found it to be an effective acne spot treatment as well).

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Grooming Lounge The Shavior – $25
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Gilman suggests Grooming Lounge’s very own Shavior. “It uses ingredients that both uproot and dissolve ingrown hairs while calming down tender, persnickety skin”. This award winning treatment is a botanical-loaded lotion that goes to work on razor irritation, bumps and ingrown hairs. Dab it on to spot treat a problem area or slather it on after you shave. This barber-tested formulation will moisturize your skin while infusing it with antioxidants and a tad of sun protection.

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Jack Black Bump Fix Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Solution – $27
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This lotion frees skin-trapped ingrown hairs by exfoliating the top layer of dead cells with a combination of 2% Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid. It reduces razor bumps while dissolving pore clogging dirt and oils that often lead to acne and blackheads. Aloe Leaf and Organic Chamomile hydrate and soothe irritation.

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Anthony For Men Ingrown Hair Treatment – $32
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Anthony For Men also takes a two-step approach easing razor burn and redness. First, Glycolic, Salicylic and Phytic Acids exfoliate the dead skin. The ingrown hairs are set free and the acids go to work killing the bacteria that causes bumps and inflammation. The second step soothes with Willowherb and Lavender calming down the trauma.

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Keihl’s Ultimate Man Razor Bump Relief – $28
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Use a cotton ball or your clean fingertips to apply this ingrown hair and razor burn treatment twice a day. It’s great for your face, but you can use it wherever you shave. It’s a mild exfoliation that won’t further traumatize your skin. Ginger Root soothes and helps to absorb excess pore clogging oil while Willow Herb, adds anti-microbial and soothing properties.

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Zirh Soothe Gel – $33
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Oil and fragrance free with hella masculine packaging, Zirh’s Soothe Gel not only looks industrial, but also offers nearly industrial strength post-shave soothing. Imbued with aloe vera and the anti-inflammatory (and anti-bacterial) Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Zirh’s formulated a gel that cools and calms the skin all while reducing redness and those angry bumps.

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Article originally published by Jennifer Jones on April 1, 2016. Last update by Chase McPeak on May 14, 2018.

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