Frustration With Razor Bumps
Razor bumps can be a major source of frustration for millions of men. In fact, around 78 percent of men who shave will run into this problem. But why do you get razor bumps and how can you avoid them? The good news is there are a number of ways to get rid of razor bumps and to prevent them from popping up in the first place. And that’s where we come in. We're going to explain what causes razor bumps, how to treat them, and how to prevent them.
Let's start by looking at what razor bumps are. The medical term for razor bumps is pseudofolliculitis barbae, which can occur in any location that is shaved. Razor bumps are an inflammatory reaction surrounding ingrown facial hair, which occurs from shaving. While these bumps can pop up anywhere that is shaved, such as the underarms and legs, they often occur on the neck. The bumps can vary in size and intensity, but symptoms usually involve a rash, itching, and pimples that occur near a hair follicle.
In order to figure out how to prevent and treat razor bumps, let's start by looking at what causes them in the first place.
In many cases, razor bumps tend to occur more often in those who have curly hair strands, with an incident of over 50 percent in African American men. These bumps can occur when the curly beard hairs are cut too short and they curve back into the skin (ingrown hair) and cause inflammation. After this happens, you may experience a painful acne-like eruption. The small lesions can be flesh-colored or red and inflamed. They can also become infected and may even develop into abscesses.
Some of the most common reasons for razor bumps include incorrect shaving techniques and poor-quality razor blades. By incorrect shaving techniques we mean shaving in the opposite direction of hair growth. Doing this irritates the skin and hair follicles, which can trigger a burning sensation. While shaving in the opposite direction of the grain gives a closer shave, it is also more likely to cause razor bumps because you are shaving too close to the skin. And while those cheap razors may help save some money, the blades can hurt the skin.
If your hair is exceptionally curly or if you have sensitive skin, you will likely develop razor bumps often as your skin doesn't have time to heal from the previous shave. If this sounds like you, you may be better off to try to wait a couple of days in between shaving, as shaving daily for these people can increase the chance for razor bumps.