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8/19/2014 5:34 AM grooming • 0 Comments

What are Razor Bumps?

  • Similar to yet slightly different than ingrown hairs, razor bumps happen when hair curls, then grows back into the skin, causing inflammation and possibly infection.


  • This problem is more common in men of African or Mediterranean descent or men with very thick, curly hair. On the skin, razor bumps may resemble pimples.


  • You'll want to sort this problem out right away because it can lead to scarring if you don't bother treating it; see a dermatologist if this pesky problem is currently plaguing you.


  • To prevent this problem from happening in the future, alter your shaving technique or consider growing some facial hair.


Do not scratch your razor bumps, especially with your nails. If they’re dirty it can lead to an infection and also scar. Let your hair grow out before your shave, so you shave a little less. Exfoliating is really good if you have razor bumps. Your goal is to rub off the top layer of skin. Make sure the product you use has salicylic acid in it. Avoid tweezing or needling your razor bumps. If an area is irritated, give it a chance to heal, don’t shave it, and most importantly, don’t use products with alcohol, as they will dry your skin.