Razor bumps are an unfortunate side effect of shaving. It can affect anyone and usually occurs in areas with curly hair. Men with curly beard hair, such as African American males, are at greatest risk, with up to 80 percent of them suffering from this problem, reports the website Skinsight. Razor bumps can be unsightly, uncomfortable and even painful. But with the right techniques and prevention measures, you can effectively cut back on and even stop razor bumps.
Things You'll Need
- Sharp razor
- Shaving cream
- Exfoliating cloth or scrub
- After shave solution (for men or women)
Know what you're up against. Razor bumps are caused by irritation to the skin while shaving or ingrown hairs. Taking care of both these problems the right way will help you stop razor bumps and prevent further infection.
Exfoliate the area before shaving. Exfoliating your skin before you shave will rid the area of hair-trapping skin at the surface, which will reduce ingrown hairs and bumps.
Soften the hair. Before shaving an area, use warm water to soften the hair for easy removal. This will help prevent you from having to shave an area repeatedly or too roughly. Going over an area with a razor several times or using too much force can cause razor bumps.
Use shaving lotion or cream and a clean sharp razor. A shaving lotion or cream will help the razor glide more smoothly, making hair removal easier and prevent irritation. A sharp razor will make your shave more efficient so that you don't have to repeatedly go over an area.
Shave in the direction your hair grows. This prevents skin irritation.
Consider a depilatory cream to remove hair. Using a cream to remove hair softens the hair, unlike shaving. When the hair grows back, it won't have as sharp an edge or angle. This will reduce the chances of ingrown hairs.
Take care of your skin immediately after shaving. This can include topical solutions that prevent ingrown hairs and moisturize at the same time. For persistent or severe razor bumps and ingrown hair, a solution with glycolic acid may prove helpful.