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Quick Tips to Prevent Razor Bumps

And Then They Were Gone…Quick Tips to Prevent Razor Bumps

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Razor bumps, also called Pseudofollicultis Barbae, can occur in any area that hair is temporarily removed by shaving, waxing or tweezing. It is estimated that up to 80% of African American men suffer from razor bumps at some point during their lives. These painful bumps and pustules occur when hairs curl back into the skin causing your body to perceive them as “foreign” (like a splinter) and produce an inflammatory response. This inflammation can cause bumps, pus, discoloration and keloidal scars.
As every man cannot wear a full beard as well as James Harden or George Clooney, there are many who desire a more conservative look. For those that “fear the beard,” the prospect of razor bumps can be daunting.

Here are a few tips to help put the bumps to rest and keep you smooth, neat and office-ready.
Preventing Razor Bumps:

1. Don’t cut hair too closely. Focus on looking “clean-shaven,” not necessarily feeling “silky smooth.” If using a razor can be avoided, use electric clippers to trim hair to about a millimeter in length. This is short enough to be considered office appropriate and keeps bumps at bay.

2. Change shaving techniques. If you must use a razor, use a single-edged razor and shave

in the direction your hair grows. Remember, “Go with the grain!”

  • Do not repeatedly shave the same area. Do not stretch or pull skin while shaving.
  • Shave while your hair is wet and use a moisturizing shaving cream or gel. Softening and hydrating the hair allows the razor to cut the hair cleanly with less force causing less irritation and reducing irregularly cut hairs that are prone to becoming ingrown.
  • Shave at least every 3 days to reduce the time hairs have to grow and curl back into the skin.

3. Use proper post-shaving care.

Be patient and remember that razor bumps are stubborn annoyances that can last for many weeks but in most cases will resolve.

Read full article from Black Enterprises: Eliminating Razor Bumps — A Guide to Make Them Disappear

Byron Bailey

Byron Bailey

Founder at Impeccable After Shave
Byron Bailey is an entrepreneur and owner of Bailey Enterprises, Inc., distributor of Impeccable After Shave.His field of experience includes proper shaving techniques and the prevention and treatment of razor bumps.
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