Razor bumps, technically known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, are actually ingrown hair i.e. hair that grow back into the skin. Though they can result from a number of things, the most common and the most probable one is shaving. Blade-shaving can often cut hair at such an angel that it becomes sharps. This hair sometimes back towards the skin and becomes ingrown, leading to bumps. Other probable reasons for the formation of bumps are usage of a dull blade, stretching skin while shaving, improper use of razor, etc. Razor bumps not only irritate the skin, but can also be very painful at times. In the following lines, we tell you how to prevent as well as get rid of razor bumps.
Tips for Preventing Razor Bumps
- Always apply shaving cream before you start shaving. In fact, you should allow shaving cream to sit on your face for a few minutes, before you start using the razor.
- Avoid using the trendy 2, 3 and 4 blade razors. They tend to lift the hair and snap it back into place, leading to razor bumps.
- Before as well as after shaving, rinse your shaving razor with rubbing alcohol.
- Change the blade of your razor atleast once every week. A dull blade has more chances of leading to bumps.
- Do not move your razor over the same area more than twice.
- Don't stretch out your skin while shaving, rather let it stay relaxed. Stretching increases the chance of hair 'snapping back' and leading to bumps.
- If you are prone to razor bumps, do not shave on a daily basis. Rather, give your face rest for 2-3 days, before shaving again.
- Never ever shave against the grain. On the contrary, you should always go with the grain while shaving.
- Soften your hair before you start shaving. For the purpose, either shave immediately after you have taken a shower or apply a towel, soaked in warm water, on your face for 5 minutes before shaving.
Home Remedies for Treating Razor Bumps
- If you have ingrown hair, lift them with a needle, just before shaving. Make sure that you clean the needle with rubbing alcohol, before using it.
- Let your hair grow out for a while and give your skin at least three days rest, before shaving again.
- Never ever pick or squeeze the bumps. It will only worsen the situation further.
- Use iodine, tea tree oil or any alcohol based aftershave on your face. It will prevent the bumps from getting infected.
- When you notice bumps on your face, rub your face lightly with a rough washcloth, just after having a bath and before shaving. It will help loosen the ingrown hair.