HOW TO PREVENT RAZOR BUMPS
Razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae) are red, irritated and sometimes itchy areas of swelling on the skin as a direct result of shaving. Men are susceptible to these skin irritations whenever undergoing this hair removal process. Some men are more prone than others. It is more prevalent in men because they most likely shave on a regular or day to day basis. It generally looks like acne which not only spoils the pleasant, clean-shaven look but it can be sore and painful. If left untreated, or if it occurs frequently, these razor bumps may develop into unsightly and permanent scar tissue.
Why do Razor Bumps occur
Razor bumps occur when a hair is cut off at the point where it exits the skin then curls back and starts growing inwards. This inward growing hair can irritate the follicle causing it to swell into a painful red bump. It is more prevalent in men with extremely curly hair. The irregular shape of the curly hair shaft tends to push back into the skin when it starts to regrow after cutting.
Dry shaving may also cause an outbreak of razor bumps as dry hair is harder to cut. This leads to more tugging and pulling, causing the hair to be cut at an angle that is more likely to penetrate back into the skin. Shaving with dull razors can also contribute to a flare-up of razor bumps.
Tips for preventing Razor Bumps
CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
Formula for success
Cleanse your skin with a gentle scrub and warm water before shaving. This necessary step releases the trapped hairs and allows your razor to have close contact with your skin. It also removes the dirt and oil from your face which can further irritate your skin while shaving.
Soften the hair first
Thoroughly moisten your face with water then use a good quality silicone-based shaving gel or cream to soften the hair. This will make it easier to cut. Using a shaving brush is recommended as this allows a more thorough and even distribution of the cream or gel than simply applying it by hand.
Let your razor do the work
Shave with soft, gentle strokes in the direction of the hair growth. Let the razor do all the hard work. Having a razor with sharp blades allows you to do this, thereby minimizing razor bumps or burn. Shaving regularly can be a preventive measure as well.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Shaving can leave your skin dry, tight and irritated. This is because it takes off not just the hair, but moisture too. Rinsing your face with cold water right after shaving will effectively close the skin pores. Applying a moisturizing after-shave cream or gel to keep your skin soft and moisturized. This is the final step in achieving a razor bump free shave always.