Why Do Razor Bumps Happen?
The most common culprit of razor bumps is irritation caused by unnecessary pulling and tugging on the hair. This can be the result of a dull razor, dry hair follicles, or debris on the surface of the skin. As the razor tugs on the hair, it is more likely to break off under the skin, which leads to razor bumps.
However, even if you’re incredibly careful, some men are simply more susceptible to razor bumps and burns. Men with naturally coarse, dark hair are more likely to have hair that grows in a curl, and therefore, can get trapped under the skin easier. Thick hairs also cause more oil production than finer hair, which can lead to inflammation and possible infection.
How to Prevent Razor Bumps
There are four main things you should do to prevent razor bumps:
- Use a Sharp, Dry Razor – Using a sharp, clean razor is one of the easiest ways to prevent razor bumps. You should also avoid leaving your razor in the shower, where it can get damp and gather bacteria and mold.
- Shave with the Grain – Shave in the same direction as your hair grows, not against it. For better contact, apply shave cream with a shave brush to raise the hair.
- Keep it Clean – Clean and exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub before shaving to remove oils and dirt that can clog pores. This will allow your razor to make better contact with your skin and prevent pulling or tugging. Washing with warm water will help soften up hairs, which can also prevent irritation.
- Use an Aftershave – Rinse your clean-shaven face with cold water to soothe the skin. Use an aftershave that is soothing so it doesn’t irritate your skin.
How to Treat Razor Bumps
Ok, so you followed all the steps above, but your skin still looks pissed. What now? Here are some simple ways to treat razor bumps:
- Avoid Shaving – Give your skin a break and refrain from shaving until the irritation calms down.
- Apply Cold Cucumbers – Applying chilled cucumbers to the inflamed area can help reduce redness and swelling.
- Use Witch Hazel – Witch hazel is a skin conditioning agent that can improve the appearance of damaged skin.
- Use Aloe Vera – Aloe can help soothe your skin and calm the inflammation.