Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help Soothe Razor Burn?

Apple cider vinegar has recently been marketed as a "miracle ingredient" thanks to its long array of health benefits. Though the ingredient has been around for many years, it feels like we're only just coming to terms with all the ways ACV may be able to assist us with some of the most common health concerns.

Healthline explains that more research is needed into the true effects of ACV before it should officially be viewed as an alternative form of therapy, but the evidence we have so far is promising. The ingredient is popular among those interested in natural medicine because it may aid in weight loss and stabilizing blood sugar, have anti-bacterial properties, and even be great for your skin. But what about using it on specific skin issues, like razor burn?

According to Dr. Taz Bhatia, M.D., AVC can indeed help to soothe razor burn. Along with having anti-bacterial properties, ACV is widely considered to have anti-inflammatory powers, which make it effective at dealing with irritated skin. However, there are a few safety tips to remember.

How to use apple cider vinegar on razor burn

The most important thing to know about ACV is that this ingredient is a vinegar that contains acetic acid, per WebMD. As you might have guessed from smelling or tasting it, it's quite strong, so you should always dilute it before applying it directly to your skin. Dr. Taz Bhatia recommends using only a small amount of ACV and mixing it with water. Then apply it to the razor burn with cotton wool, leaving for around 10 minutes before rinsing off. You can continue to apply ACV two to three times per day until your skin starts to heal.

If you find that your skin reacts negatively to the vinegar, it's best to stop using it and find other methods of relief. Similarly, if you have a particular skin condition that is making your razor burn more irritated, it's best to opt for prescription-grade treatments (via Nebraska Medicine). See a doctor if you do use ACV and find that it's not relieving your skin after a few days.

Be careful when applying ACV near the eyes, if you've shaved your eyebrows or face, or near intimate body areas, as its acidity can damage tissue, per Women's Health.

Other ways to soothe razor burn

Maybe your skin is too sensitive for ACV, or you just can't stand the smell. While a lot of sources do recommend ACV for this issue, it's by no means the only form of treatment available. If you're interested in other natural ingredients, you could go for tea tree oil or witch hazel, which also have anti-bacterial properties. Use these in the same way as you would ACV: diluted and in small amounts.

Cleveland Clinic explains that you can also use aloe vera, a staple for soothing a plethora of skin conditions. If you don't have an aloe vera plant, you can find this ingredient in a range of products that are widely available, from gels to creams. To avoid making the razor burn worse, steer clear of products that contain fragrances or alcohol as these can be irritating. Also be sure to avoid shaving the affected area.

Razor burn may leave your skin feeling quite dry, so keep it hydrated with a light moisturizer. Natural oils can be useful for this. If the razor burn doesn't clear up after a few days and seems to be getting worse, seek medical attention as you may require a stronger treatment.