Is your shaving routine leaving you with painful red bumps? Does your skin feel irritated and sore? Razor bumps, or razor burn, occurs when hair grows back into the skin, causing ingrown hairs. They can occur anywhere you shave, including the face, underarms, legs and bikini area. If you notice a painful cluster of bumps on your skin after shaving, then you have razor bumps. Don’t ignore these painful bumps. In addition to being unattractive, they can lead to pimples and scars if left untreated.
There are many products that claim to treat razor bumps safely and effectively, but how do you choose the best product for your skin? Reading the razor bump label can help you select the best product to get rid of those painful bumps. Get to know your skin care products before purchasing them. Many products contain harmful fillers or useless ingredients. Look for products that include natural ingredients that promote healthy skin.
Skin Care Ingredients from A to Z
Alcohol – Many products for razor bump treatment contain alcohol as a filler. Alcohol dries your skin and strips the skin of its natural oils. This can lead to more irritation, dry skin and razor burn.
Aloe – This natural ingredient is known for its soothing properties. Extracted from the aloe plant, aloe vera is a popular ingredient for treating sunburns. It is also an excellent treatment for skin irritation caused by razor bumps. Look for a treatment that lists aloe vera as a key ingredient.
Butylated Hydroxytoluene – Also known as BHT, this ingredient is one of the most toxic ingredients found in skin care products. Used as a preservative, BHT causes irritation of the skin and eyes. Some studies suggest that there is a link between BHT and certain types of cancer.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is an increasingly popular ingredient for natural skin care products. This natural oil acts as a moisturizer and creates a barrier that prevents loss of moisture. If you see caprylic triglyceride or capric triglyceride, that is a sign that this product contains coconut oil.
Eucalyptus oil – Like aloe, this leaf oil soothes irritated skin. If your skin is dry or red, this natural oil’s antibacterial properties will help ease your irritation.
Ethanol – This alcohol filler is used in many skin care treatments. It can cause irritation, especially in sensitive areas.
Emu oil – This bright yellow substance is made from fat collected under the skin of the emu. This truly is nature’s miracle cream. Emu oil is an excellent moisturizer that also can reduce the appearance of scars, promote hair growth, and reduce inflammation.
Fragrances – A razor bump label that advertises a fragrance typically contain chemicals that are not natural. Ingredients used to create the fragrance often cause skin irritation. Look for products that are all-natural to maintain your healthy skin. All of TRBC products use natural fragrances, so do not worry here!
Glycolic Acid – Like lactic acid and salicylic acid, this ingredient promotes the growth of new skin cells, which is important for healing razor bumps. Glycolic acid helps with then resurfacing of your skin. It can reduce scars and bumps while giving your skin a healthy glow.
Isopropyl Alcohol – This ingredient is another alcohol filler found in lower-quality skincare products. It can cause dry skin and irritation.
Mineral Oil – This ingredient may sound natural, but it’s not. Mineral oil is made from petroleum. It clogs your pores and may lead to an increase in acne and inflammation.
Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract – This extract is a natural moisturizer that helps clean the skin.
Salicylic Acid – You may have seen this acid on the bottle of your favorite anti-acne treatment. Did you know it also can be used for razor bump treatment? Salicylic acid breaks down the cells that can clog pores and ingrown hairs. This ingredient promotes new cell growth.
Sulfates – Also spelled as sulphates or abbreviated with the acronym SLS, these ingredients cause dry skin, dermatitis, and irritation. If the label lists ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, then it is bad for your skin.
Triclosan – Found in many shaving creams, this ingredient is a synthetic chemical that kills bacteria. Although it sounds beneficial, triclosan breaks down into dioxin, which has been linked to cancer.
Other Tricks to Reading Razor Bump Labels
When shopping online for products to treat razor bumps or burn, look for products that list ingredients. If the website does not contain a list of ingredients, then that product may contain ingredients that are unhealthy or harmful to the skin.
Beware of products that encourage you to pop razor bumps. Popping and tweezing razor bumps can lead to infection. Be sure to tweeze the hair only, not the entire bump. Look for products that use natural ingredients. Avoid alcohol fillers, and select a product that uses a natural oil, such as coconut, emu or eucalyptus, as a base.
In short, don’t let razor bumps and razor burn ruin your beautiful skin. Check your labels to make sure you have the right products for your skin type.