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Razor Bumps - 7 Ways You Can Prevent it!

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Razor Bumps - 7 Ways You Can Prevent it!

Razor bumps are also known as ingrown hairs, they are small bumps on your skin. These usually happen when some small strands of hair curl back after you shave and grow on your skin. Razor bumps can cause pimples and irritation along with scarring.

Treatment of razor Bumps:
You have to stop shaving in order to treat razor bumps. If the option to stop shaving is not feasible then you have to use a clean needle for removing the hair shaft when you come across the formations of bumps on your face. This may stop the growth of razor bumps. But you should keep in mind that razor bumps return after you start shaving. Severe razor bumps can be treated only with the help of creams like tretinoin and antibiotics.

Razor Bumps from other hair removal methods:

Razor bumps can occur from other hair removal methods like waxing and plucking. But you can get rid of razor bumps if you decide to remove hair permanently with the help of laser treatment and electrolysis. Some hair removal products like depilatories can cause irritations on your skin if not razor bumps.

Prevention of Razor Bumps:

Some of the tips to prevent razor bumps are given below:

  1. Using a thicker shaving gel when you shave.
  2. Try to use an electric razor if you are able to adjust to the settings.
  3. Use a good quality moisturizing cream after you shave.
  4. Avoid stretching your skin when you shave and use the razor in the direction of the growing hair along with fewer strokes of razor.
  5. You should soften your hair with water and mild soap before you shave.
  6. Try to use a single blade razor with good quality pre shaving oil and after shave lotion to reduce razor bumps to improve your shaving experience.
  7. Aloe Vera is a traditional home remedy for razor bumps which you should try.

Risks of razor bumps:
You are at a risk of razor bumps if you have spiral or tightly curled strands of hair. In any other circumstances anybody can get razor bumps which can be taken care of with proper techniques. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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