How to Treat Shaving Bumps

by Leigh Wittman ; Updated July 18, 2017

Shaving bumps, or razor burn, typically appear within one to two days after shaving. A painful irritation and burning sensation typically accompany the little red bumps associated with razor burn. These unsightly bumps and unpleasant sensation can be treated with a few items that are likely in your medicine cabinet. According to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice," razor burn can be effectively treated quickly.

Apply witch hazel to a cotton ball and dab the cotton ball over the areas of your skin with shaving bumps. According to "Handbook of Dermatology: A Practical Manual," the witch hazel will cool the area and provide nearly instant relief of the burning sensation.

Apply aloe vera gel to the affected areas. According to "Foundations of Nursing," aloe vera gel soothes the burning sensation of the shaving bumps and hydrates the affected skin, allowing it to heal faster than without treatment.

Create a sugar scrub by mixing 1/8 cup sugar with 1/8 cup water. Gently massage the sugar scrub onto the skin with razor burn. According to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice," the sugar scrub will gently exfoliate the area, removing dead skin cells and allowing the razor burn to quickly heal.

Avoid shaving the affected area while it heals. Shaving over razor burn can worsen the razor burn.


  • Braun-Falco's Dermatology; Walter H.C. Burgdorf, et al.
  • Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice; Leslie Baumann
  • Handbook of Dermatology: A Practical Manual; Margaret W. Mann, et al.
  • Foundations of Nursing; Lois White, et al.

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Leigh Wittman has been writing professionally since 2007. She writes primarily on health, career advice, outdoor pursuits and travel for various websites. Wittman is a licensed nurse and studied nursing at Arizona State University.