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Isn't it frustrating when you take one final look in the mirror before leaving the house only to see razor bumps on your face? You just sigh at the thought that you have to spend the day with these pesky, red spots.
In some cases, they can even cause pain and discomfort. Are they just an annoying by-product of shaving that you have to live with? Absolutely not.
Find out how to get rid of razor bumps and even prevent having them in the first place by following the tips below.
What Causes Razor Bumps?
Razor bumps are caused by hairs that curl around and re-enter the skin, or hair that does not make it out of the follicle after shaving.
In both cases, the body considers the hair as a foreign object and finds a way to get rid of it. This causes inflammation of the affected area.
Those small and swollen bumps are unsightly and can even cause infection.
How to Get Rid of Them
The best way to get rid of razor bumps is to follow a good shaving technique. Many men shave without caution, expecting that observing certain guidelines wouldn't make any difference.
But a few simple things can help you prevent bumps and give you smooth skin.
1. Use an Electric Razor
Electric razors do not cut as close as blades. This means that irritation is less likely to occur.
If you choose to use a blade, make sure it is sharp. It is recommended that you use a new razor every two to three shaves. This enables you to remove hair in fewer strokes.
2. Prepare Your Skin Before Shaving
Taking a hot shower is an effective way of preparing the skin before shaving. You can also use a hot towel and press it on the area to be shaved for 5–10 minutes.
This opens up your pores and makes hairs easier to shave. You can then apply shaving cream to decrease the irritation caused by the razor.
3. Use an Aftershave Product
Shaving opens up your pores. This means that oil, bacteria and dirt may clog your pores and cause irritation.
Using an aftershave balm or moisturizer nourishes and protects your skin from infection, helping you to get rid of razor bumps.
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4. Apply Hot Compress
Grab a smooth washcloth and soak it in hot water. Apply it to your razor bumps and hold it for 5–10 minutes.
This is a good way to reduce swelling and kill bacteria that might enter the pores of your skin.
5. Don't Shave Every Day
If you are suffering from razor bumps, it may not be a good idea to continue shaving every day. Let your skin rest for a day or two.
Shaving every day can irritate your skin and make razor bumps worse.
6. Exfoliate Your Skin
Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, increasing the chances of your pores getting clogged and possibly irritating your razor bumps.
Exfoliating twice weekly ensures that dead skin cells are removed from your skin.
Other Tips to Prevent Irritation
- Never shave against the direction of hair growth. This minimizes the chances of having ingrown hairs.
- Shave with the fewest strokes possible. To achieve this, make sure that you use a sharp blade every time. Shaving an area repeatedly can be harmful and cause razor bumps.
- Rinse your blade with warm water after each stroke. A razor with hairs stuck between the blades does not allow you to get a clean shave.
- Do not touch your bumps. Similar to getting rid of pimples, you should avoid touching and squeezing your bumps. Doing so will only make the problem worse and can even lead to infection.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
eugene chanda on June 01, 2016:
Roman Petruchyk on May 02, 2016:
Thanks for great article, but i have 1 question left. What am i suppose to do if i have to shave every day? Is there any possible treatment in this case?
I read that is is possible to use special oils, but will it really work ambrossimo.com/get-rid-of-razor-bumps/
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Cliff Mendrez (author) from Philippines on January 21, 2012:
I hope your boyfriend will find these tips useful. Thanks again for reading!
Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on January 21, 2012:
Easy-to-read and informative. Way to go! Thank you for sharing this hub. I would definitely tell about all these useful 'guidelines' to my boyfriend. :D