Razor bumps can be painful. They are actually hairs that have grown back into the skin (also called "ingrown hairs"). Both men and women can get them, though men are more likely to experience them than women. Razor bumps occur on the faces of men, but on women, they can appear on any areas of the body that are shaved.
Some basic personal-care techniques can help you get rid of razor bumps and prevent new ones.
Apply a small amount (no more than 1 tbsp.) of rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball. Use the cotton ball to apply the rubbing alcohol to the razor bumps. The rubbing alcohol will work toward preventing further infection.
Apply the rubbing alcohol twice daily to the razor bumps.
Do not shave for 1 to 3 days, to let the razor bumps heal.
Prevent future razor bumps from appearing by using shaving cream or oil and a sharp razor. Shave during or after a warm shower, as the warm water softens the hair.
Apply no more than 1 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol to your face (using a cotton ball) after shaving. Wipe the entire shaving area with the rubbing alcohol to prevent future razor bumps.
Store your non-electric razor in a glass of rubbing alcohol after shaving. This will keep the razor clean and prevent dulling.
Rubbing alcohol can create a burning sensation on the skin. If it is extremely painful or you develop a rash, do not use.
Never pick at razor bumps. This will only worsen the condition.
If your razor bumps are especially bad or do not respond to treatment, see a dermatologist.