28 Simple Ways To Take Care Of Razor Bumps October 13, 2016

One of the most common challenges faced by both genders after shaving or removing unwanted hair growth from the face and body are tiny bumps on the skin or razor bumps. They generally appear on the face after shaving of the beard or facial hair in men and the genital or bikini region of women after the shaving of pubic hair.

Medically termed as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae and barber’s itch, this skin irritation and eruption is caused when hair is plucked or shaved from the body, especially from sensitive areas that experience growth of curly hair, like the genitals. Due to its naturally curly structure, this hair, on growing back after being shaved, tends to curl inwards into the follicles instead of growing out of them, thus causing inflammation, infections, pain, itchiness, and redness of the skin, pimples, pustules, scarring, and other skin diseases. This unpleasant by-product of hair shaving and removal is best cured through prevention (1, 2).

How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps

  1. Castor Oil
  2. Aspirin Paste
  3. Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Baking Soda
  5. Lemon Juice
  6. Deodorant
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar
  8. Honey
  9. Witch Hazel
  10. Tea Tree Oil
  11. Aloe Vera
  12. White Tea
  13. Black Tea
  14. Cold/Hot Compress
  15. Cornstarch
  16. Baby Powder
  17. Coconut Oil
  18. Strawberry Paste
  19. Sugar Scrub
  20. Oatmeal
  21. Cucumber And Milk
  22. Essential Oil
  23. Hydrocortisone Cream
  24. Glycolic Cream
  25. Antibacterial Creams
  26. Retin A Cream
  27. Alum Block
  28. Good Practices To Avoid Razor Bumps

1. Aloe Vera

1.-Aloe-Vera

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You Will Need

Fresh aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Extract fresh gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply this on the affected area.
  2. Let it dry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is known for its healing properties. When applied on razor bumps, it soothes the skin and reduces inflammation and irritation. It also contains mucopolysaccharides that moisturize the skin. Its antiviral and antiseptic components will prevent the development of any infection at the site of the razor bumps (3).

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2. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • A few drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the tea tree essential oil in the carrier oil and apply this mixture on the razor bumps.
  2. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice a day till you get relief from the razor bumps.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil is a multipurpose essential oil with antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It will reduce the swelling caused by the razor bump and also treat any infections that may be aggravating the problem  (4).

[ Read: Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil For Skin ]

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3. Witch Hazel

3.-Witch-Hazel

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You Will Need

A few drops of witch hazel extract

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply this directly on the affected area and let it dry.
  2. Leave it on.
How Often You Need To Do This

Apply this twice or to thrice a day.

Why This Works

The tannins present in witch hazel act as an astringent. The other components of this herb reduce redness and inflammation and are antibacterial in nature  (5).

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4. Honey

4.-Honey

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients and apply the mixture on the razor bumps.
  2. Let it air dry for about 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

You can also apply only honey.

How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Honey is a humectant and emollient. It soothes the skin, moisturizes it, and is also antibacterial in nature (6).The yogurt will calm the irritation and alleviate itching and redness (7).

[ Read: Get Rid of Unwanted Hair ]

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5. Apple Cider Vinegar

5.-Apple-Cider-Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip the cotton ball in the vinegar and apply on the razor bumps.
  2. Leave it on to air dry.
How Often You Need To Do This

Apply this three to four times a day.

Why This Works

The list of uses of apple cider vinegar is endless. When it comes to getting rid of razor bumps, ACV works really well. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and itching and also effectively kill any bacteria (8).

Caution

If you have sensitive skin, dilute the ACV in water in the ratio 1:3 and then apply.

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6. Deodorant

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You Will Need

Deodorant stick

What You Have To Do

After you finish shaving, clean the area and liberally rub a deodorant stick over it.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this every time you shave.

Why This Works

Rubbing a deodorant over the shaved area will keep it dry and free of bacteria (9). This will prevent chafing and development of razor bumps. This technique works well for razor bumps along the bikini line.

Caution

Do not use gel, liquid, or spray deodorants.

[ Read: Get Rid Of Waxing Bumps ]

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7. Lemon Juice

7.-Lemon-Juice

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You Will Need
  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. With the help of the cotton ball, apply lemon juice on the affected area.
  2. Let it air dry.
  3. Once dried, wash off with lukewarm water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this every time after you shave to prevent razor bumps.

Why This Works

Lemon, due to its acidic nature, is antibacterial and antifungal. Applying it on the razor bumps will kill any microbes present and aid quick healing. Lemon also lightens the skin and reduces scarring (10).

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8. Baking Soda

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • A cup of water
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the baking soda in the water and apply this water to the affected area using the cotton ball.
  2. Let it dry for a few minutes. Then, rinse with cool water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Baking soda is anti-inflammatory in nature and soothes the irritated razor bumps. It neutralizes the skin’s pH and also kills bacteria (11).

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9. Rubbing Alcohol

9.-Rubbing-Alcohol

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply the alcohol on the razor bumps using the cotton ball.
  2. Let it air dry.
How Often You Need To Do This

Apply this twice a day till you get relief from razor bumps.

Why This Works

Alcohol is a widely used disinfectant. It will kill any microbes present on your razor bumps and aid in quicker healing (12).

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10. Aspirin Paste

10.-Aspirin-Paste

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You Will Need
  • 4-5 aspirin tablets
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush the aspirin tablets and mix with water to form a paste.
  2. Apply this on the affected area and let it dry for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Aspirin works quickly and efficiently in healing razor bumps because of its anti-inflammatory properties (13).

[ Read: Beauty Tips ]

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11. Castor Oil

11.-Castor-Oil

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You Will Need

A few drops of castor oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Clean the affected area and gently apply castor oil on it in a massaging motion.
  2. Do not wipe or wash away the oil.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Castor oil nourishes the skin, removes dead cells, and also kills bacteria. It also aids in lightening the scars that may have formed as it possesses antioxidants that heal the skin (14, 15, 16).

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12. White Tea

12.-White-Tea

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You Will Need

White tea bag

What You Have To Do
  1. Dip a white tea bag into a cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Gently strain the water out.
  3. Place the tea bag on the affected area for two minutes.
  4. Pat dry.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

White tea contains tannic acid, which a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Applying the white tea bag on the affected area will help to soothe the affected area and reduce swelling and pain (17).

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13. Black Tea

13.-Black-Tea

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You Will Need

Tea bag

What You Have To Do
  1. Moisten a tea bag and keep it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  2. Apply the tea bag on the affected area for about five minutes.
  3. Rinse the area with cold water and pat dry.
  4. Apply medicated moisturizer (bikini area).
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this four to five times a day.

Why This Works

The tannins present in black tea are natural astringents and help to reduce swelling, redness, and pain (18). The refrigerated tea bag helps to soothe an itchy razor bump.

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14. Cold/ Hot Compress

You Will Need
  • Towel
  • A bowl of moderately hot water
  • A bowl of refrigerated water
What You Have To Do
  1. For a cold compress, dip the towel into the bowl of refrigerated water.
  2. Gently squeeze out the water and apply the towel to the affected area for about a minute. Repeat this for about five times.
  3. For a hot compress, dip the towel into the bowl of moderately hot water and apply the compress to the affected area for about two minutes.
  4. Repeat this five times.
  5. Moisturize your skin.
How Often You Need To Do This

Apply the hot or cold compress twice daily.

Why This Works

A cold compress helps to reduce the itchiness of the razor bumps by numbing the nerve endings. Using a cold compress right after shaving will help prevent the razor bumps. Hot compress helps to treat razor bumps by opening the skin pores and freeing the trapped ingrown hair.

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15. Cornstarch

You Will Need
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Water
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do

1. Mix the cornstarch and water to make a thick paste.
2. Apply this paste on the affected area and
3. leave it for 15-20 minutes.
4. Gently remove the paste by using moistened cotton pads.
5. Apply moisturizer.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily or right after shaving to prevent razor bumps.

Why This Works

Cornstarch helps to reduce itchiness, irritation, and redness. It provides a layer of protection when used right after shaving, thus preventing the formation of a razor bump (19).

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16. Baby Powder

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You Will Need

Baby powder

What You Have To Do

Sprinkle baby powder on your skin before shaving.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this every time before you shave.

Why This Works

Baby powder is often used to prevent diaper rashes in babies. It has also been found to work effectively in preventing razor bumps or rashes on the skin and in helping to keep the skin dry (20).

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17. Coconut Oil

You Will Need
  • Coconut oil
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip a clean cotton ball in the oil and dab it on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat it twice a day.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is used to treat various skin infections and diseases. It helps to soften the skin, reduce inflammation and redness, and heal the affected area quickly (21).

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18. Strawberry Paste

18.-Strawberry-Paste

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You Will Need
  • Strawberries
  • Mortar and pestle
What You Have To Do
  1. Use the mortar and pestle to roughly crush the strawberries.
  2. Refrigerate it for 10 minutes.
  3. Apply it on the affected area and
  4. leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with moderately cold water and pat dry.
  6. Apply moisturizer.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this two times a day.

Why This Works

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. These micronutrients help to scavenge the free oxygen radicals, flush out toxins, and help in cell regeneration. These characteristics of strawberries are essential for most skin problems including razor bumps as the strawberry paste helps to reduce redness, regenerate broken skin cell tissues in the affected area, and prevents skin infections (22).

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19. Sugar Scrub

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • A clean and soft tissue
What You Have To Do
  1. Heat the coconut oil a little and
  2. mix the sugar in it.
  3. Rub it in circular motions on the affected area for two minutes.
  4. Wipe off with a clean and soft tissue.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this daily two hours after shaving and before going to bed.

Why This Works

The warm coconut oil and sugar mixture helps to open the pores of the skin and free the ingrown hair. It also helps to reduce swelling, redness, and pain in the affected area (23).

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20. Oatmeal

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do

1. Mix all the ingredients to form a paste.
2. Apply this paste on the affected area and leave it on for 10 minutes.
3. Wash off with cold water and pat dry.
4. Apply moisturizer.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily to get quick results.

Why This Works

Oatmeal, yogurt, and honey have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and skin soothing properties, which make them suitable ingredients to treat razor bumps (24), (25), (26).

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21.Cucumber And Milk

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon pureed cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the cucumber puree and milk in a small bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Apply this on the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with cold water.
  5. Apply moisturizer.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice daily to get the desired results.

Why This Works

This natural pack made up of milk and cucumber will help to reduce inflammation, prevent bacterial infection, and cool the affected area (27), (28).

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22. Essential Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop of calendula essential oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Clean cotton ball
What You Have To Do

1. Mix the ingredients and refrigerate the mixture for 15 minutes.
2. Dip the cotton ball in the mixture and dab it on the affected area.
3. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
4. Wipe with a clean and soft tissue paper.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this three to four times daily until you get the desired results.

Why This Works

Essential oils help to soothe the skin, reduce swelling and redness, and protect the skin from further damage (29).

Medications To Treat Razor Bumps

Depending on the skin’s sensitivity, the nature of the blade, and the technique used to shave, some razor bumps are too painful and stubborn to go away. This is when you should switch to using medications to treat the razor bumps. Here is the list of a few medications that can be applied with ease and give quick relief from the ugly razor bumps.

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23. Hydrocortisone Cream

You Will Need
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do

1. Apply the hydrocortisone cream on the affected area with the help of a clean cotton swab.
2. Use the other side of the swab to apply it to a second razor bump area to prevent the spreading of infection, if any.
3. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
4. Wash off with cold water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this once or twice every day depending on the intensity of the swelling.

Why This Works

Hydrocortisone helps to reduce swelling, redness, irritation, and inflammation by constricting the blood vessels and restricting the flow of blood to the affected area (30). It works like magic with razor bumps.

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24. Glycolic Cream

You Will Need
  • Glycolic cream
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Gently dab the ointment on the affected area with the cotton swab.
  2. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash off with cold water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day for faster results.

Why This Works

Glycolic creams help to reduce skin discoloration, swelling, irritation, and skin tissue scarring due to razor bumps. They also help to improve the skin’s texture (31).

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25. Antibacterial Creams

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You Will Need
  • Any antibacterial cream
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a little antibacterial cream gently on the affected area with a cotton swab
  2. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Use a clean and soft tissue to wipe away the cream.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Razor bumps often cause skin tissue damage and can cause painful bacterial infections. This may aggravate the redness and swelling. Antibacterial creams help prevent the occurrence and spread of bacterial infection (32).

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26. Retin A Cream

You Will Need
  • Retin A cream
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do

1. Dab a little Retin A ointment on the cotton swab and
2. apply it to the affected area.
3. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
4. Wipe it off with the help of a clean and soft tissue paper.

How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Retin A cream contains retinoids that help to cure skin tissue damage and improve the skin’s texture. Applying this cream on a razor bump will help to even out the skin (33).

Caution

Breastfeeding and pregnant women are strictly not allowed to use this cream.

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27. Alum Block

You Will Need

Small alum block

What You Have To Do

Rub the alum block on your skin right after shaving.

How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this only after shaving.

Why This Works

Alum has antiseptic properties and prevents the occurrence and spread of infections by closing the skin pores. It also helps to prevent bleeding and scarring of skin tissue (34).

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28. Good Practices To Avoid Razor Bumps

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  • Wear Comfortable Underwear

Razor bumps can get infected if you do not wear comfortable underwear. Comfortable underwear made of natural fiber will help your skin breathe. Synthetic underwear traps sweat and causes the bacteria to thrive.

  • Avoid Picking Or Scratching The Razor Bumps

These bumps resemble acne or pimples, but they are actually skin irritations. Hence, they should not be squeezed, picked, or scratched to keep chances of infection and scarring at bay. Avoid shaving in the affected region for some days to allow the bumps to ebb.

  • Avoid Using Old And Dirty Razors

Old and dirty razors contain microbes and can cause infections in sensitive areas. Also, old razors can make your skin more prone to cuts. Therefore, it is best to use a new razor every time you shave.

  • Use Disinfected Tweezers

Thin, disinfected tweezers can also be used to pull out or release the extra-follicular hair gently from within the skin, thereby inhibiting the development of these ugly bumps.

  • Soften The Hair With Warm Water

Softening your hair with warm water before shaving will prevent the formation of razor bumps or cuts.

  • Do Not Shave Against The Hair Growth Direction

Shaving against the direction of hair growth can lead to ingrown hair, irritated skin, and infected razor bumps. Always move the razor in the direction of the hair growth. Do not press the razor hard.

  • Do Not Shave Too Frequently

Shaving too frequently can cause the skin to be inflamed, itchy, and red. This can lead to the spread of bacteria, which will ultimately lead to infected and painful razor bumps. Let the hair grow, and let the skin heal from the previous shave before you shave again.

  • Use A Moisturizer To Soften Your Hair

If your hair grows thick in certain areas of your body, use a moisturizer to soften the hair follicles. This will prevent you from pressing the razor hard on your skin or using improper shaving techniques.

  • Use Aftershave Lotion To Avoid Germs

Shaving can cause the hair follicles to open up or result in skin tissue damage. This can cause the germs to enter the body and lead to infections. To avoid this, use an aftershave lotion that will disinfect the area right after shaving.

  • Use Depilatories Or Hair Removal Creams

Depilatories or hair removal creams contain chemicals that help to dislodge the hairs that are present on the skin. These creams gently remove the hair without being harsh on the skin, thereby helping to avoid razor bumps.

  • Scrubbing Or Exfoliation

Scrubbing or exfoliation helps to remove dirt, microbes, and dead skin build-up from the epidermis, thereby giving way to a close and ideal shaving experience with no after effects like shaving bumps. Hence, exfoliate regularly!

  • Use Alcohol To Wash The Razor

Use alcohol to wash the razor before and after shaving. This will help prevent the spread of germs and infection.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Do razor bumps go away? If so, how long does it take?

Razor bumps can take any time between a week to 15 days to go away by themselves. However, this period can be longer or shorter, and depends a lot on your skin type and hygiene. It is advisable to use simple home remedies to heal these bumps quickly and not aggravate any infections.

Why do razor bumps itch and how to prevent itching?

Razor bumps can itch mainly due to three reasons:

  1. You have used a dull razor and applied too much pressure on your skin, thus causing irritation and inflammation.
  2. Shaving too close to the skin can damage the epidermis (top layer of skin) and cause intense itching and rashes.
  3. Dry shaving can also cause the razor bumps to itch.

To prevent this annoying itching sensation, use a hydrating shaving gel or cream for shaving. You can also use coconut oil or olive oil. Always keep your skin well moisturized in between shaves.

Hope you have now got some clear ideas on how to treat and prevent razor bumps. Have you tried any of these remedies before? Which one worked the best for you? Share your comments below.

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.

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