More than likely, you’ve experienced how unpleasant razor bumps and ingrown hairs can be; unfortunately, your co-workers will also think that you don’t know how to shave (as if they needed another reason to talk about you). We’re here to give some razor bumps treatment and relief advice so you can get back to looking extremely good while sipping your morning coffee.
Razor bumps (also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae) are a very common skin condition that result from shaving. At the end of the day, razor bumps are similar to ingrown hairs, but look like pimples and burn like that 4th of July you convinced yourself you didn’t need sunscreen. There are two kinds of razor bumps: extrafollicular and transfollicular. Both can result in permanent scarring over time if the razor bumps aren’t appropriately cared for. Fortunately, we have some great tips for avoiding and treating razor bumps.
The most effective way to get rid of razor bumps is to not shave for a few days (or go for the wilderness look and grow a beard). Razor bumps are a result of short hair close to the skin, so letting your hair grow out is an easy razor bump solution.
For those of you who prefer a cleaner look, we have a few steps that can help with razor bump/ingrown hair treatment.
Warm and Cold Contrast:
Applying warm and cold compresses should help reduce the burn of razor bumps and calm irritants. For the cold compresses, use ice and a cloth; for the warm compresses, use a hand towel and warm water.
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Wash your razor and skin with warm water before shaving (or shave directly after you shower). This will help remove dirt from your skin pores, which contributes to razor bumps. Warm water will also make hairs stand up, which makes shaving easier and more comfortable.
Use a lot of shaving cream, and be sure to moisturize directly after shaving. We don’t recommend using after shave; this dehydrates your skin and there are better ways to smell great after a shave.
Make sure you have a sharp razor every time you shave. This will cut the hairs more cleanly and will reduce the likelihood of razor bumps.
by Insider Envy Staff