Razor bumps is one of those annoying things that happen to men (and women) everywhere and they usually come at the most inconvenient of times, like before an anticipated date or an important meeting. Like most skin issues, when it comes to razor bumps, prevention is always better than cure, so how do we prevent razor bumps, and how can we get rid of them?
What are Razor Bumps what causes them?
Also known as shave bumps, razor bumps are painful red bumps that develop from ingrown hair. Razor bumps begin to develop if your hair is cut too short, which then causes hair follicles to be trapped beneath the skin. The skin then gets inflamed, which leads to visible redness and the pain.
How to Prevent Razor Bumps
Simply put, there there two ways to prevent razor bumps:
1) Always shave with the grain. If you shave against the grain, it cuts hair below the skin surface which results in ingrown hair, increasing the likelihood of razor bumps.
2) Don’t use razors or shavers with too many blades – two blades are sufficient. Three, four or five blade shavers may give you a closer shave, but as each blade cuts your hair, they cut off a bit more than needed, which then leads to the hair being shorter than the skin surface. This then causes ingrown hairs.
Here’s a simple video that encapsulates the causes of razor bumps and preventative measures.
But even if you adhere to the above, and you’re unlucky to be faced with razor bumps, how do you get rid of them?
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps
- Don’t shave for a few days. This may be difficult, especially if you don’t want to go into work looking like a werewolf, but if you let you hair grow out for a while, it gives your skin a rest which usually does the trick.
- Tend to your razor bump. It’s possible for razor bumps to get infected, so to avoid this, use a local antibiotic. Never pick or squeeze a bump since this increased the chances of infection.
- Use an aftershave that contains Salicylic Acid – this is an ingredient that penetrates pores and helps get rid of grim and dirt. It’ll also help open up your pores to relieve trapped hairs and inflamed skin. We recommend Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion.
- Don’t put alcohol on it. This means don’t use any products with high concentration of alcohol on your skin if you have a razor bump. In particular this includes cologne. If you must to put on fragrances, avoid applying it on inflamed skin.
Products that Get Rid of Razor Bumps
Three products that we recommend if you do experience razor bumps, Barc’s Bump Down Relief, Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion and Tend Skin Liquid Solution. See gallery below.
Cover image via Ian.