What Are Razor Bumps And How To Manage Them When Shaving

What are razor bumps?

Razor bumps are a severe, chronic form of irritation that some men get as a result of shaving. Ingrown hairs and bumps can form as a result of curly hair growing back into the skin, creating an inflammatory response. This can also cause itching, discomfort, and hyper-pigmentation.

Normal hair vs. razor bump caused by re-curl vs. razor bump caused by hair trapped under skin

What causes razor bumps when shaving?

Razor bumps occur as a result of shaving. There can also be genetic factors that play into whether you will get razor bumps. A dull razor, or hair that has not been hydrated can lead to tugging and pulling, since the hair is harder for your razor to cut. In addition, tugging and pulling can lead to hair tips being cut at an angle, making it easy for the hair to grow back into the skin, and increasing the risk of a razor bump outbreak.

How can I help reduce the occurrence of razor bumps when shaving?

Skin protection from irritation and razor bumps can be further enhanced with a consistent shaving regimen:

  1. Cleanse your skin with a gentle scrub and warm water. Removing dirt and oil from your skin lets water penetrate the beard hairs and helps release trapped hairs.
  2. Hydrate your skin and facial hair and apply shave cream. Hydrating the hairs make them more receptive to being cut. Just like the hair on your head, wet hair is easier to cut than dry hair. Shaving cream will help make your strokes smoother.
  3. Shave with gentle strokes with the grain and choose a razor specific to your skin type. Particularly for men with sensitive skin, shave with a product such as Gillette SkinGuard that is designed to stop irritation.
  4. Restore the moisture with after shaving products to replenish moisture in your skin and facial hair.

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