How to Cure Razor Burn on a Woman's Upper Lip

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Let razor burn heal completely before shaving the upper lip again.
Let razor burn heal completely before shaving the upper lip again. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Removing hair from the upper lip is a necessity for some women, but it can come with pain. It’s not uncommon to develop razor burn in this area. A dull razor, not using shaving cream or gel, using a product that irritates the skin or pressing too hard with the razor can cause irritation to the skin and lead to razor burn. Although you won’t be able to cure razor burn in a day, you can use a home remedy to soothe the skin and speed up the healing process.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Witch hazel
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Aspirin
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Benzoyl peroxide

Moisten a cotton swab with witch hazel. Dab it onto the upper lip area daily to help heal and soothe the razor burn.

Apply hydrocortisone cream to the razor burn. Follow the package instructions when using the cream, and only apply once a week to prevent thinning of the skin.

Mix one aspirin with a few tablespoons of warm water to create a thick paste. Spread the paste onto the upper lip area. Leave it on until the paste hardens, then wipe it off gently with a rag.

Moisten a cotton swab with aloe vera juice. Dab the juice onto the razor burn and leave it there to dry onto the skin.

Dip a cotton swab into benzoyl peroxide. Pat the upper lip area with the swab to apply the peroxide to the razor burn.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use a sharp razor and shave in the direction of hair growth to help prevent razor burn from developing.
  • Use caution when applying these products to the upper lip area. Take care not to get the products into your mouth.

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