.A few things that can make razor burn even worse? Shaving dry skin, using a dull or dirty blade and not moisturizing as soon as you’re done shaving. And this sad truth: “Unfortunately, many of us were taught to shave against the grain, but that’s actually what causes razor burn!” makeup artist Jessi Butterfield, who works with Kurt Russell and Francesca Eastwood, tells The Knot. But don’t worry—she has more than one solution for you.

How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps Fast
So now that you know what causes razor burn, you’re probably already wondering something else: How do I reduce the razor bumps? And quickly? After all, you don’t want razor burn to have you hiding behind. Alas, there’s no magic solution for how to get rid of razor bumps overnight, but there’s a lot you can do to help (and fast).

Here’s what our pros suggest when it comes to how to get rid of razor bumps on the fly:

1 Go cold.

Splash cold water on razor bumps as soon as you see them to shrink pores and soothe the skin.

2 Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

You should always moisturize as soon as you’re done shaving, but especially as soon as you see razor bumps. Those micro-injuries require a hydrating balm to heal.
Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream. “It’ll reduce the irritation, and you don’t need a prescription,” says Kanchanapoomi Levin. Start with your moisturizer, then add the cortisone right on top.

3 Apply an aftershave product.

They’re quite literally made to minimize razor burn. Don’t have one? Butterfield condones stealing from your S.O. The makeup artist also recommends Leonor Greyl Huile de Magnolia (“super luxurious and smells amazing”) and Boiron Calendula Gel (“instantly cooling and absorbs really fast”).

4 Aloe up.

Looking for something natural? If you’re already at the drugstore, head to the sun-care aisle and pick up a bottle of aloe vera, which can heal a whole host of issues, including razor burn. “It’s good for more than just recovering from falling asleep by the pool!” Butterfield notes.

5 Use a warm washcloth

Applying a warm, wet washcloth to the skin can help soften the skin and draw the ingrown hair out, especially when a person pairs this technique with one of the other treatments above.

6 Use scrubs with caution

Sometimes, a mechanical or physical scrub can remove dead skin cells that plug the pores and keep hairs trapped inside. These types of skin care scrub may contain sugar, salt, ground up fruit pits, or tiny beads.

Scrubs may remove debris and free ingrown hairs by physically sloughing off dead skin cells.

Some people may have a skin reaction to the rough texture of scrubs, especially those with sensitive or inflamed skin. If the skin is red, irritated, or sensitive, use scrubs with caution