Guys and dolls, we all love a smooth, close shaveâwhether on a man’s face or a woman’s legs or under arms. Unfortunately for some of us, a close shave is the biggest cause of unsightly and painful razor bumps that sometimes causes scaring.
Where Do Razor Bumps Come From?
Closely shaven hair has a sharp edge that sometimes penetrates the skin and causes inflammation and swelling, just like when you get a splinter. Unfortunately for us technicolor folk (i.e. African-American, Hispanic) with curly hair tend to them more. Curly hair tturns back into the skin once it’s been shaved.
Back in the day, the only solution for razor bumps was simply to decrease the number of times a person shaved. That wouldn’t work for our mojo, not trying to look like Austin Powers under the arms or on our lady bits.
Nowadays there are products that contain cortisone,moisturizers and topical antibiotics to eliminate their razor bumps.
Check out these pointers to rid you of razor bumps:
1.Â Never ever ever ever shave dry skin. In fact shaving in the shower is best. Make it the last thing you do in the shower. The steam will open your pores and allow you to get a closer shave.
2.Â Prep your skin with a gentle exfoliation.Â Always apply shaving product (a good one) to the skin before shaving and allow it to sitÂ for a couple of minutes before shaving to help it soften the skin and hair.
3. Never shave against the grain of your hair. And whatever you do, don’t shave the same area more than twice to get a closer shave. If you can avoid using those trendy 2, 3, and 4 blade razors. Those blades tend to lift and snap the hair back into place, giving you a closer shave and causing razor bumps.
4. Once out of the shower, use a local antiseptic or antimicrobial treatment.Â Iodine, Tea Tree Oil, or any alcohol based aftershave will help prevent razor bumps.
5. Rinse your shaving razor with rubbing alcohol before and after every use, and change the blade at least once a week to get rid of razor bumps.