How Long Do Razor Bumps Last?

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Razor bumps can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, as each bump is an infection of the hair follicle, resembling a pimple. Prevent razor pumps from occurring with beauty tips from a certified aesthetician in this free video on makeup and cosmetics.

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Hi, I'm Kelli. I'm an aesthetician and makeup artist at Ulta Salon and Cosmetics, and I'm going to talk to you today about how long razor bumps typically last. Basically, a razor bump is kind of like a blemish, it's like, basically it's an infection of the hair follicle, so it's almost, basically, like a pimple. So, basically, your razor bumps are going to last anywhere between a couple days to a week, to maybe two weeks depending on how severe the infection is. One of the easiest ways to, you know, get rid of the razor bumps is prevent them from happening in the first place. So, one of the easiest things to do is to exfoliate before you actually shave. And this basically will help to remove any dead skin that might go into the follicle and infect the follicle. It also helps to life the hair, so you get a smoother and closer shave, so you won't have any irritation. Another thing that you can do to really prevent getting razor bumps is to use a really good, smoothing shave cream or shave gel, especially if you are prone to having irritations and razor bumps from shaving. They have a lot of really good shaving products on the market that can basically prevent that from happening. And, lastly, one of the best things that you can do is to treat with a post-wax or post-shave spray, or it's treatment. This is one by Skindinavia, Tend Skin is another really good one. And this basically helps to treat any infection and treat any razor bumps or clogged pores, and helps to get rid of it really quickly. So those are some things that you can do to help get rid of razor bumps so they don't last quite as long.

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