WHY DO RAZOR BUMPS HAPPEN?
No matter how many years you’ve been shaving, razor bumps can happen to the best of us when if you are a movie star filming on location.
Razor bumps are small, raised bumps in the skin that occur after shaving when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin instead of outward from the hair follicle. They often become irritated and may even become infected and develop into pimples. Razor bumps are also called pseudofolliculitis barbae, and the best course of treatment is usually to stop shaving for a while until the bumps clear up. Picking on razor bumps can result in scarring and pigmentation changes.
Razor bumps form when hair is either nicked irregularly or when hairs are curled under the skin and become inflamed. They occur more often in parts of the body that fold, such as the underarms, because of the skin on skin contact and the increased moisture that happens in that area. Most of us get razor bumps where hair grows the thickest, like the face, neck, bikini area and underarms because thick hairs cause more irritation and oil production than finer hair. This can lead to inflammation and possible infection.
Bumps happen more frequently with those who have naturally coarse hair and darker skin tones. Hair naturally grows into a curl that has a larger risk of getting trapped into the skin than a straight hair can. These bumps can last up to two weeks, which can make it a never ending battle when you shave frequently.Shop Now
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THEM?
Applying either a topical antibiotic solution (like Neosporin) or topical steroid (like Cortizone) over the area with bumps. Try to refrain from shaving for a couple of days until the irritation calms down. We also suggests wiping the skin with a witch hazel pad post-shave and then applying a 1% hydrocortisone cream.
Using Blessure Serum™ which has lactic, salicylic, and glycolic acids to exfoliate the skin above the trapped hair and kill bacteria trapped in the follicle. It also has aloe vera to soothe the area and calm the lingering inflammation. Clinical test have shown Blessure Serum™ to clear razor bumps within 48 hours.
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT THEM?
When’s the last time you changed your razor blade? If you can’t remember—that means it’s been too long. Other than using a sharp and clean razor, there are a few other tricks to make sure you get a close shave without any irritation. Shave with the grain—not against—and to shave in a steamy shower to soften the hairs. You’ll also want to avoid leaving your razor in the shower as the dampness can cause it to gather bacteria and mold. Stash it in your medicine cabinet or toothbrush holder, instead.
If all of the above fails, you may want to look into laser hair removal. “It kills the hair all the way down to its root. Essentially, if there isn’t hair growing, there isn’t anything in the way to cause an ingrown hair. Laser can also help reduce the hyperpigmentation and scarring caused by ingrowns.