By Justine Namara
Males who have experienced this know the frustrations that come with razor bumps. If you have ever had the burden of having an itchy chin, you can understand the discomfort that comes with the razor bumps. Hairs that remain in the hair follicle begin to grow in the skin.
These ingrown hairs often appear as angry red bumps which can spoil a smart look of a freshly shaven area. The in grown hair may curl, reenter and puncture the skin. Efforts to get rid of the razor bumps may seem futile and even worse when you do not use the right ways.
The best and right way is to use a clean and sharp razor and do not use it more than twice. Dull blades do not only irritate your follicle but also leave a stump of hair with sharp heads that reenter the skin. In addition, old and dull blades may facilitate multiplication of harmful bacteria, which can easily enter the irritated area during shaving.
If you do not have a new blade, ensure you treat the old one with spirit or alcohol before using it. Start by shaving the hairy area first and while your blade is sharpest before you move to other less sensitive areas. You may even try men’s razors. They work remarkably.
Exfoliation to Get Rid of Razor Bumps
Exfoliation means the removal of oldest dead cells from the skin's outer surface. This in simple terms is known as scrubbing. Apply a moisturizer or exfoliate such as a mitt, wash cloth, and sponge twice a week. This technique prevents razor bumps by removing dead cells that block hair follicles. It also provides a smooth surface, which makes the blade cut easily and prevent irritating the skin.
Exfoliation also frees any hair trapped within the bumps, opens up any clogged pores, prevents the spread of infection to other areas from the existing razor bumps, and eliminates the formation of new ones. If the skin is already inflamed, it is best to wait for a day after shaving before you exfoliate to reduce further irritation.
Shaving in a warm Shower
Take a warm shower before shaving, ensure you wash the area well and apply a moisturizer containing alpha hydroxyl or glycolic acids. Instead, you can also lay a wet and warm washcloth over the area for about five minutes before shaving.
Warm water or washcloth softens the hair and prevents irritation. You can also wash the area with salicylic acid to kill any possible present bacteria. After shaving, you should apply cold water to close up the skin pores and prevent further irritation and infections.
Do not scratch the area
Picking your Razor bumps on the shaven area only facilitates the multiplication of bacteria. This action causes more pain and redness and slows the healing process. If you accidentally touch the area, it is best to apply hydrogen peroxide two times on that day, or wash the area clean with an after shave cleanser. This action will immediately erase any developing discomfort by eliminating any bump causing bacteria.
Try Aloe Vera
Aloe vera acts both as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent that is essential in moisturizing and healing bumps on sensitive skin areas. It is a traditional way to soothe the irritated skin. In addition, it is not smelly like other post-shave treatments such as glycolic and salicylic acids, and is very compatible with almost all skin types if not all.
Apply a fresh gel from Aloe vera leaves to the affected area, allow this product to dry on its own, and then rinse it with cool water. Repeat this technique two to three times a day until the area recovers.
Hydrocortisone cream has the ability for reducing redness, swelling, inflammation and razor bumps. Just apply one percent of this cream on the area and within no time, soreness, razor burns, and bumps will be over.
Other very common treatments to apply include essential oils, honey and Vinegar, oatmeal, Tea tree oil, and olive oil. They all have antibacterial and skin-soothing properties.
A dermatologist at Ultra Skin Clinic at Acacia Mall, Dr. Francis Asiimwe advises that the best way to get rid of razor bumps for good is to change the way you shave. You need to use the correct shaving cream and after shave oil to prevent irritation as well as the correct razor to get the cleanest shave without cutting into your skin.
“People are careless when it comes to shaving, they do not pay attention and do it any how so they end up getting bumps and more so they use anything after shaving. The best remedy for those that cannot afford after shave creams is applying warm water,” said Dr. Asiimwe.