Hair follicle inflammations often occur on the face, neck, armpits, and several other areas. The inflammation is usually caused by shaving and commonly named as Pseudofolliculitis.
Razor bumps are a persistent problem to all men who have facial hair and who engage in shaving. This is not a skin disease but results in the inward growth of hair. The basic reason for this is that during shaving hair gets cut at an angle which leaves a sharp edge. This pointed edge grows inwards producing bumps. Growth of hair can result from the unseemly use of the razor, excessive skin extension during shaving blunt razor to shave. Razor bumps can cause swelling, irritation, redness, inflammation and pain in extreme cases.
Steps to prevent razor bumps
- Razors with multiple blades can increase chances of razor bumps due to the fact that a hair when not severed by the first blade tends to be lifted, pulled and let go to slap back to original position rather like an elastic band.
- Always shave with the application of shaving cream. Allow cream to soak into skin for a few minutes before shaving.
- Always avoid your blades to become blunt. Change blades every week.
- Refrain from shaving an area multiple times.
- Do not creating tension in your skin by pulling it when shaving.
- Do not shave on a daily basis If your skin is prone to be affected by razor bumps.
- Shave in downward strokes in the direction of the growth of hair.
- Soft your hair prior to shaving, it can be lead to a smoother shave. You can be achieved by either shaving immediately after a hot water shower or after applying a towel soaked in warm water.
How to Treating Razor bumps
- Cut the leaves of Aloe Vera and take the gel. Rub the gel on the affected area.
- Always try to shaving with an interval of every three days.
- Lifting out ingrown hair with a suitably sterilized needle before shaving.
- Pour the apple cider vinegar into a bowl and dip a cotton ball. Dab a cotton ball into the areas of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Do this procedure three times a day.
- Avoid picking or squeezing bumps which will only aggravate the condition further.
- Take yogurt and apply it directly on the affected area. Allow up to 20 minutes and rinse. Glycolic acid contained in yogurt will overcome the irritation.
- Ingrown hair can be loosened by rubbing your face lightly with a coarse wash cloth before you start to shave.
- Prevention of razor bump infection can be achieved by the use of aftershave manufactured with ingredients such as tea tree oil, iodine or any alcohol.
A little bit of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs by simply using a clean razor blade and shaving oil. Using a shaving cream after shaving . Make sure your hair is wet before shaving.