Get rid of razor burn quickly by applying topical ointments to the irritated skin. Retin-A and hydrocortisone cream are particularly effective. Witch hazel, tea tree oil and aloe vera can also sooth inflamed skin. Ideally, avoid shaving until razor burns heal entirely.
The best way to eliminate razor bumps is through prevention. Always use a sharp, clean blade. Dull razors can increase or worsen irritation, while old blades often carry bacteria that increase the risk of infection. Use a moisturizing lotion after shaving, then apply deodorant to keep the area smooth and dry. Look for a lotion that contains salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate the skin. Shave in the direction of hair growth and avoid picking and scratching at the inflamed area, which slows down the healing process.
Exfoliate at least twice a week to prevent clogged pores and remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating before a shave allows the razor to shave closer to the skin for a smoother look and feel, minimizing irritation in the process. It can also deter new bumps from razor burn appearing. Do not pass the razor over the same area too many times, and avoid stretching or pulling at the skin. Try not to shave every day, and shave only when the hairs are wet.