How to Use Aspirin for Razor Bumps

by Lisa Sefcik paralegal ; Updated July 18, 2017

Some skincare products that prevent and treat razor bumps contain acetylsalicylic acid, which is more commonly known as aspirin, points out the cosmetic scientists at BeautyBrains. A study was conducted on the benefits of topical acetylsalicylic acid by researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany, which indicated a 92 percent to 96 percent decrease in pain when applied topically to inflamed skin. There are only a handful of consumer products for razor bumps that contain stabilized aspirin, says skincare expert Paula Begoun, who adds that it's possible to make a similar remedy at home.

Crush up one or two uncoated aspirin tablets. Dissolve the crushed aspirin in 1/4 cup of tap or distilled water.

Add four or five drops of glycerin into the aspirin and water. The mixture should be viscous enough so it clings to your skin without running off, but not as thick as a liquid cleanser. Glycerin is a thickening agent that you can purchase at most drugstores, Begoun states.

Apply the aspirin toner to freshly-shaved skin -- face, bikini line, underarms and legs -- with your fingers or a cotton ball. If you intend to put on moisturizer, wait until the aspirin solution is fully absorbed into the skin, Begoun advises.


  • If your razor bumps seem to be impervious to an aspirin-based toner, Begoun suggests applying topical cortisone cream to relieve discomfort.

    The CNN Health website suggests modifying your shaving strategies to help prevent razor bumps. Wet your skin with warm water first to make the hair more flexible. Apply a lubricating shaving cream. Using a sharp, single razor, shave in the direction of the hair growth -- not against it. Rinse your razor between each stroke.

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Lisa Sefcik has been writing professionally since 1987. Her subject matter includes pet care, travel, consumer reviews, classical music and entertainment. She's worked as a policy analyst, news reporter and freelance writer/columnist for Cox Publications and numerous national print publications. Sefcik holds a paralegal certification as well as degrees in journalism and piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin.