Do you feel irritated by the shaving bumps on your face? Learn simple and effective ways to avoid razor bumps.
Having a clean and smooth shaved face is almost every male’s desire. Whether it is work or other social events, a clean-cut image is almost every male’s first priority.
Shaving is not just done for hygiene purpose. It is also aesthetic in nature. It prevents the build-up of oils and other contaminations on the skin also.
But all men are not alike… Not everyone can enjoy the pleasure of having soft and smooth skin after shave…
Some men can have a skin condition which can make it difficult to have a clean-shaven face. Such a skin condition can cause razor bumps…
A shaving bump or a razor bump or ingrown hair (all are same) is a small mass below the surface of the skin.
Razor hair bumps occur when new hair grows back into the skin. They continue to grow and create a bump on the skin.
Ingrown hairs are cut in a manner that they grow back into the skin causing the bump.
It can also be developed due to shaving or rather rash shaving with often cheap or low-quality razors. The cuts and subsequent opening of bumps due to razors are painful.
Reasons for Razor Bumps
This small mass below the skin forms mainly due to two reasons:
- though the hair grows normally it can renter the skin causing itching and irritation on the skin.
- Hair may not break the skin at all but may keep growing inside the skin
These two conditions besides other medical reasons are the key causes of the development of small masses on the face skin.
Black people tend to grow mass bumps more frequently as compared to others due to their curly hairs. African Americans or non-white males have a higher tendency to have razor bumps.
Note that razor bumps don’t just occur on the face. Razor bumps on legs and neck are common too.
Cure for Razor Bumps
Razor bumps can be a challenge to treat if you continue to make mistakes or avoid proper treatment.
The cure for razor bumps can be through traditional non-medical methods as well as through proper medical treatment also.
We will be discussing both options for you to choose what seems easy and affordable to you.
How to Avoid Razor Bumps?
So, what if you are suffering from this condition or your skin is such that you cannot avoid razor bumps?
Here are some simple, effective and easy to implement hacks for you to avoid razor bumps:
Don’t use a Razor if you are in your early teen days
If you are growing up and at the age of 16 or 17 when facial hair actually starts to grow, avoid using a razor on your face.
The worst side effect of using razors for shaving purposes in your early teen days would be razor bumps on your face.
It is quite common that teens of this age often go to barbershops for a shave. Unfortunately, the early advice they get on shaving is also through barbers.
So avoid using razors early on your shaving days. Instead, Use shaving clippers instead of razors to avoid building up razor bumps on your skin.
Grow a beard to avoid razor bumps
While this may sound like obvious if you are a male but believe me this is the best and the only proven method to provide 100% results in avoiding razor bumps.
It is natural that once hair grows to a certain length, they do grow back into the skin even if your hair is curly.
This prevents the formation of the little lumps of masses on your face and allows you to avoid or hide unnecessary and ugly bumps.
Another simple alternative to this is that you should stop shaving for at least 4 to 5 weeks. You need to, however, keep applying the prescribed lotion on the affected areas.
This will help your skin to soothe and also stop the growth of ingrown hair.
Shave after a warm shower
Most of us shave and then take a bath but if you are having razor bumps, it is a cool idea to have a warm shower first.
A hot shower will open your pores and make the skin softer to shave on. You need to dry it out though before the shave.
You may brush your skin with the hot towel to remove any dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin.
Exfoliation is probably the best natural remedy for this problem and can improve your skin.
Some experts suggest repeated rinsing the skin during the shaving but a warm water shower would be enough to avoid repeat application of water on your face during the shaving.
Use Quality Razors
There is no substitute for using a quality razor to have a smooth and clean-shaven face.
A good quality razor helps you avoid the razor bumps as multi-blade razors reduce the deeper cuts to open up skin pores further.
Along with using a quality razor, you must use a preshave lotion also. Moist your skin with hot or warm water and apply the pre-shave lotion for 4 or 5 minutes before a shave.
While it is a good idea to use warm water before shave but always use cold water after the shave.
Coldwater soothes the skin after a rough shave and if you can use ice cubes, it will greatly reduce the irritation on your skin.
Always keep your razors or shaving clippers clean and covered. The dirt stuck on their blades can be transferred to your skin while shaving.
This dirt can further aggravate your problem despite the fact that you may be using quality razors and shaving clippers.
Always keep them clean and covered.
Rinse them through hot water before use.
Avoid Products with alcohol or oil in them
Alcohol can quickly dry your skin and if you are using any post or pre-shave lotions with alcohol in them, it can worsen your condition.
Oil also can be harmful to your skin as products with oil in them can block your skin pores.
Blocked skin pores do not allow hair to come out of razor bumps. This would inflate the mass bumps and can cause bleeding due to deeper shaving cuts.
Try Laser Hair Removal for Razor Bumps Treatment
Another easy to follow method is to use laser hair removal for the treatment of your razor bumps.
Though this is expensive and would require a dermatologist as this is often the recommended method by experts.
While choosing the treatment, always make sure that you know the laser technology used.
It is quite common that small practising dermatologists may not have the latest machines and maybe using old technology.
Using old technology may be ok but be just careful as the side effects of such technologies can be difficult to handle.
Electrolysis is another option which could be explored along with laser hair removal. But both these methods should be tried when everything else fails.
Laser hair removal and electrolysis can cost a lot of money also so go for them only if you can afford.
Razor bumps can be cured easily. You need to avoid the above mistakes and focus on using quality accessories and treatment to cure them permanently.