Straight Talk Remedies For Razor Bumps, Razor Burns And Shaver’s Rash
Men and women with curly textured hair experience razor bumps as they blade-shave to remove unwanted facial hair, leg hair. Avoiding razor bumps and razor burns requires water-prep or change of shaving tools.
Ways To Minimize Razor Bumps – 3 Key Things To Know & Do
First Key: Knowing What Causes Razor Bumps. African Americans especially notice the skin irritation created by razor burns and resulting razor bumps. Why? The answer essentially results from the curly coarse nature of the hair, where multiple-blade (double or triple blade shavers) stretch and set up the skin, causing hairs to be cut an angle.
Why is “angle cutting” a problem? Coarser hair cut an angle tends to create a sharp edge, and when naturally curling back towards the skin can puncture the skin and create an “ingrown hair”…or razor bump.
Second Key: Minimizing Or Preventing Razor Bumps. Change your “tools” from any multi-blade razor to a single blade razor. Why? You only want to cut your hair once, not twice or three times. Also, the extra blades stretch your skin, and set up your skin rather than leaving it in a relaxed natural state…this tensioning followed by cutting has a lot to do with creating razor bumps.
* Lather Up.Moisture and high quality shaving gels go a long way towards minimizing razor burn and razor bumps. You want your body hairs (face, legs, arm, wherever) to be moist and lubricated.
* Avoid Shaving “Against The Grain”. How does each of us learn to shave? Usually by watching our Moms and Dads, then experimenting and falling into habits, such as cutting down…cutting sideways…cutting up. Here’s where skin irritation gets the go-ahead nod. Bottom line? Use your “single-blade” razor, cut with the grain, with your face relaxed, and with your hairs as wet and lubricated as possible.
* Tending To Razor Bumps. Don’t tweeze or poke at your razor bumps. If you do, then you’re inviting infection, which will only compound the problems. Let your skin rest for several days before resuming shaving. Always avoid a dull razor blade, since dull blades invariably tear or cut hairs unevenly, which is the root of the problem creating razor bumps.
Third Key: Switch “Tools” From Blades To Electric Shavers, Creams Or Epilators. If rash and bumps from shaving persist, consider switching from razor blades to electric shavers. You’ll get a guaranteed close shave, shaving heads rarely wear out, and plug in convenience means you’re never scrambling for a new blade again.
Many women have already abandoned the red rash of razor blade shaving, opting instead for the more thorough and long lasting results from an epilator…where hairs are set up and then gently plucked from the roots by a set of spinning discs. Similarly, hair removal creams (depilatories) although astringent and harsh, do dissolve hair for easy wiping away…another neat alternative to blade shaving.