Men who prefer the clean, neat look of a freshly shaved face, usually shave regularly. No matter if the workplace requires you to do so or not, by shaving every morning you show that you care about your appearance and the impression you leave when you enter a room. Although shaving sounds like an easy job to do in just a couple of minutes, there are many things you have to know if by any chance you need or want to shave regularly.
By now, you’ve probably met the small, inflamed bumps that spoil one’s attractive, just-shaved looks. They are called razor bumps and they usually appear when the hair is cut right under the skin line. Then, the hair curls back and starts growing inwards, which further irritates the follicle of the hair. At first, repetitive razor burn may seem like a minor skin condition, but over time, these bumps may turn into permanent (although small) scars on the skin tissue.
There are in fact two different types of razor bumps. The first type is the extrafollicular bumps when the hair doesn’t exit the skin at all, but as it grows, it curls and immediately grows inwards. The other type is the trans-follicular bumps when the hair actually exits the epidermis but reenters it again. In this case, you can see the hair and even pluck it completely, although I personally don’t recommend doing so if you don’t want to end up with more ingrown hairs than you have now.
Since the skin on the face and the bikini area is very gentle, if you’re to shave on a daily basis, you should know how to avoid razor-related infections. For starters, choose the proper shaving technique for the specific (hairy) body area. Always use new, sharp razor blade, because of the old, previously used and in a moisture-kept razor is the perfect spot for bacteria accumulation. A good quality razor with changeable blades would probably do the trick and will make a good long-term investment. Before the shave, wet the skin with hot water to easily open the skin pores. Then, shave in the same direction as the hair grows, to avoid the complicated skin-line cut off the hairs. When done with shaving, put a cold, damp compress on the shaved area, to close the pores and to avoid further swelling.
Women are also prone to razor bumps, but since they usually shave their legs, armpits or bikini areas, and not their faces, they use razors rarely and manage to deal with the bumps-issue by covering the affected area. There’s a belief that razor burn is more common in people with curly hair, but actually, it can appear on anyone that uses razors. Although razor bumps are not a medical condition, they look unappealing and even repulsive when not treated properly. If they fill up with puss, the skin color changes and there is a great chance that after the inflammatory process you’ll end up with a scar.
How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps: Home Remedies That Works Best
One way or the other, we have all experienced the nasty, unappealing looks of a razor burn. There is a common belief that these angry-looking skin inflammations are more common in people that have curly hair, such as black men. The truth is that everyone who shaves regularly can face them, because razor bumps are not more than curled hairs that have been cut just under the skin and started growing inwards, thus, causing an infection of the tissue.
Since they cannot be avoided completely (except if you decide to never shave again), one should be familiar with how to prevent razor burn, and how to get rid of razor bumps that are already there. So, if you want to improve your shaving technique and your overall freshly shaven look, consider these few tips on how to prevent razor bumps.
First things first, always prepare your skin before shaving. A good way to do this is by a quick shower right before the shave. The steam will open the pores, making the process more pleasant. Another essential shaving preparation is the application of a proper shaving cream and/or oil that is supposed to soften and lubricate the skin, so that the razor can glide smoothly. Furthermore, if you want to discover how to prevent razor bumps – opt for a good quality, one blade razor. Reusable razors accumulate whole colonies of bacteria, since they are usually kept in moist, damp places.
Another important tip on how to prevent razor burn is by not applying too much pressure on the razor while shaving, since this usually leads to cutting the hairs beneath the skin. This way, they don’t exit the skin when growing, but curl and grow into the skin, causing the unwanted inflammation.
But what if you’re already facing this unappealing skin condition and don’t have the slightest idea on how to get rid of razor burn? Don’t be discouraged, since nowadays there are many home remedies that can help you in the struggle for fresh-shaved looks without the unattractive, red bumps. For example, the Aloe Vera has a many centuries-long reputation in dealing with all kinds of skin conditions. Just apply a thin layer of natural, no-fragrances Aloe Vera gel on the spot, and you’ll immediately see the improvement.
And if you still happen to look for some others, equally effective ways on how to get rid of razor bumps, you can try some natural antiseptics such as witch hazel, since antiseptics are widely known for their anti-inflammatory powers. What is more, you can apply lemon juice or a used white tea bag on the infected bump – their natural acids will do wonders for your skin and reduce the inflammation. But bear in mind that prevention is always a better choice than wondering how to get rid of razor burn when it already happens. So wait no more and change your shaving technique and shaving essentials, and enjoy the new, no-inflammations, freshly shaven look.