Razor bumps, also called shaving pimples are inflamed bumps on the skin that occur as a result of shaving.
- Most bumps, especially larger ones are caused by a staph infection
- They occur after shaving
- They are more common in people with thick curly hair
- The bumps can occur on the legs or on the face
How Razor Bumps Form?
- Bumps form when hair that is shaved to a sharp angle retracts back into the skin
- This is common is people with thick curly hair
- The hair can curl back and cut the skin and is treated by the body as an infection thus causing the red bumps
- When a staph infection is involved, the cysts can become larger and can be filled with pus
What are the Ways to Prevent Razor Bumps
Soften the Hair
- Bumps can happen when the hair is dry and harder
- To prevent it, it is ideal to shave after a warm shower when the hair is most pliable
- Shaving cream may also be used to help prevent problems
Disinfect the Razor Before and After Use
- Most users do not disinfect their razors in between use much less before and after use
- This can be problematic as the razor can harbor bacteria that can affect the skin
- Dipping the razor into alcohol before and after can help the problem
- Aftershave can help to disinfect the skin after each shave and it can help prevent infections
- Choose an aftershave that has a up to 70% alcohol to make sure it is effective in getting rid of bacteria.
Don’t Shave As Often
- A person who gets a lot of razor bumps should avoid shaving too often.
- Two or three day intervals between shaves can help in dealing with razor bumps as it allows the skin to rest and recover from the irritation
- Shave with the grain of the hair and not against it, this minimizes chances of it retracting back into the follicle
- Use a sharp razor and avoid ones that have too many blades
- Change razor blades at least once a week to make sure they stay sharp
- Avoid going over the same area of skin twice, this is where the use of creams becomes helpful because they can show which areas have been already shaved
Home Remedies for Razor Bumps
- Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that can help in treating razor bumps
- Apply an adequate amount of oil onto a razor bump to treat it properly