How to Treat Razor Burns and get rid of Razor Bumps
Shaving is a daily occurrence for both men and women. The reason is probably because it is the quickest and most convenient way to get rid of unwanted hair. However, it does come with a downside: razor burn and razor bumps.
Razor burn is a rash or irritation caused by the razor scraping the skin. It will go away after a few hours, but you don't always have that time to spare, especially if you're getting ready to go on a date or to an important function.
Razor bumps (also known as shaving bumps and ingrown hairs) show up as the hair grows back. This type of condition is seen in both men and women, and if not treated correctly, can become infected and result in a pimple.
If you want to avoid the formation of razor bumps or prevent razor burns, here are a few suggestions.
Prepare your Skin
Before shaving, you must prepare your skin. If your skin is soft, it will be less likely to suffer from shaving. Plus, if the hair is soft, it will cut more evenly, thereby helping prevent razor bumps.
The way to prepare the skin, is by using warm water along with a shaving gel or foam. In the case of a beard, it's a good idea to place a warm, damp washcloth on your face for a few minutes to soften the hair. This helps open the pores and prevent razor burn.
Knowing the proper way to shave is important if you want to prevent razor burns and razor bumps. First, you should always use a sharp razor because dull razors harm your skin.
Next, always sterilize your razor before and after using it. This will keep bacteria under control and keep any possible razor bumps from getting infection.
When shaving, always do it in the direction of the hair growth. By shaving against the growth, you are promoting the formation of ingrown hairs.
Fourthly, take your time shaving. If you're running short on time, wait until you do have time to spare or you may end up with a serious case of razor burn or covered in nicks. Lastly, don't forget to use an after shave cream or gel to provide maximum razor burn relief
How to Alleviate Razor Burn and How to Eliminate Razor Bumps
If you have developed one of these skin problems, there are razor burn and razor bump products that can help you. Razor burn products contain soothing ingredients that can alleviate the irritation. They may also contain ingredients to reduce the chance of infection.
Most razor bump products come in the form of exfoliation creams. The idea is to allow the ingrown hair to break free from the skin. This razor bump solution can even be done in the comforts of your own home.
It's quite simple, all you need is to soak the affected area with a warm, damp wash cloth. Exfoliate gently and with a pair of tweezers try to coax out the hair. Do this gently so that you don't break the skin or you may cause an infection.
Published November 24th, 2009
Filed in Beauty