At one point or another, we've had problems with razor bumps. There are ways to prevent getting them but if you've tried to shave carefully and you still get razor bumps then I am here to save the day! I'm just going to give a few quick tips on prevention and cure. Let's go!
First thing's first, shave in the direction of your hair's growth. Secondly, use shaving cream/gel because it will help the razor to slide over the skin easily. You're more susceptible to cuts if you shave without lubrication. Change your razor blades every two or three shaves. If you can dispose of your razor after the first use it's up to you. Dull and bacteria-ridden blades tug on hair which consequently irritates the skin, leading to razor bumps. Simple, right?
Wash the area affected by razor bumps with an antibacterial cleanser to get rid of bacteria in your pores. Shaving opens your pores making your skin more susceptible to bacteria from sweat among other things.You can also soak a washcloth in hot water and press it on the affected area for 5 - 10 minutes at a time. This will help reduce swelling and remove any bacteria present.
When those options don't seem to work, there are products that can help. Hydrocortisone cream is good for soothing irritated skin and so is witch hazel. When applied to razor bumps these products help reduce redness and inflammation. They can be bought at the pharmacy. Men! Do not touch your face if you have facial razor bumps! And ladies (and gentlemen) wearing cotton underwear instead of undies made from synthetic materials will allow your pubic area to breathe properly. This will prevent bacteria and sweat from building up on your skin. Lastly, try to exfoliate the affected area twice weekly. Scrub away the dead skin cells with a loofah. You will be sure to see a decrease in razor bumps over time.
Peace, Love & Blaze,