We’ve all experienced razor bumps at one point or another, guys and girls alike, whether it be on legs, under-arms, face, neck, or down-under. They’re unsightly, annoying, and even painful, but what causes them? And how can we ultimately get rid of razor bumps?
Razor bumps are simply ingrown hairs that develop as a result of a clogged follicular opening (aka: pore) or a hair follicle that curls around and renters the skin.
Dirt & bacteria get trapped in the pore and BLOCK the hair follicle from breaking through causing a pimple to form, bringing about redness and inflammation. These ingrown hairs can also form when hairs grow out but curl back around and reenter the skin. Our bodies recognize this hair as a “foreign object” and attack it. This is what also causes irritation.
Factors that contribute to ingrown hairs are:
- Dry Skin: Dead skin cells can get caught in your pores and interrupt hair growth
- Improper Shaving Techniques: Several factors like the type of razor you use, improperly prepping your skin, and after-care can all affect your chances of developing razor bumps.
- Genetics: People with curly hair are predisposed to getting razor bumps because the hair curls as it grows so its easier for the hair to curl back around and reenter the skin.
- Poor Hygiene: Dirt and bacteria can clog pores and cause inflammation, redness, & itching
So how do you get rid of razor bumps??
- First things first! Before you shave, make sure you wash your skin thoroughly! While washing, I also like to do a gentle exfoliation to get rid of any dead skin cells along with dirt and bacteria. This way, your skin is clean BEFORE your pores become vulnerable. Continuing to exfoliate even after shaving is important to make sure those pores STAY CLEAR! You can use a wash cloth and some warm water and your favorite face cleanser, rubbing in circular motions, or you can use a face cleanser with a chemical exfoliant like glycolic or lactic acid, for example.
- Be sure you are using a sharp blade.
- Try a razor with fewer blades. The more blades on the razor, the grater the chance of ingrown hairs.
- Use warm water & a shaving cream, soap or gel. Also, try to shave after your skin & hair has had sometime to “soften up” from the warm water (ie: at the END of your shower, bath, etc)
- Shave with fewer strokes and short strokes but don’t shave over the same area twice!
- Shave in the direction that your hair grows, NOT the opposite.
- Rinse your blade after every stroke.
- Be sure to moisturize properly after shaving. This will prevent any new dry skin cells from accumulating and blocking your pores. Also, be sure you are using a moisturizer that isn’t going to block those beautiful pores. Look for non-pore clogging ingredients (aka: non-comedogenic)
- Avoid touching your freshly shaven skin with dirty hands. This is mainly in regards to your face, as your hands are one of the dirtiest places on your body and will only transfer more dirt, bacteria, & oil onto your vulnerable skin & pores.
- Try bathing soon after physical exercise or vigorously sweating. Wear clean, dry clothes, & change your pillow cases regularly!
Give these tips a shot then come back and let us know how they helped you to get rid of razor bumps!
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