How to get rid of Razor Bumps

Razor bumps are small, painful blemishes that appear on the skin after shaving and usually stay for one or two days. The occurrence of razor bumps depends upon the direction in which shaved (relative to the direction of hair), sharpness of razor, the place where shaved, and the thickness and density of hair.

Here are a few tips to avoid these nasty razor bumps:

1. Don't shave in the direction of hair growth with the traditional razor: Shaving in any direction other than the direction of natural hair growth encourages the occurrence of razor bumps.

2. Use good quality electric razor: While using electric razor, you would need to violate the above rule, that is, shave against the direction of hair growth. Expensive electric razors will give you a smooth shave with fewer or no razor bumps.

3. Razor bumps may be caused by bacteria that reach the hair follicle. Creams and ointments can be used after shaving to prevent the condition.

4. Do not scratch a razor bump. It tends to be itchy on the razor bump, but scratching or breaking the bumps lead to scarring and infection.

5. After shaving, apply corticosteroid cream to the razor bumps to reduce the swelling and redness. You can try using benzoyl peroxide ointment (at least 2.5% benzoyl peroxide) on your razor bumps.

6. Wet the skin well and shave slowly. With a conventional razor, the skin must not be dry during shaving. Always use a good quality shaving cream. Shave gently, slowly and carefully. Razor bumps tend to show more when shaving is done quickly. If done carefully, these bumps will be reduced.

7. Use new, good quality and sharp razors. Dull razors will not only cut and pull on the skin, it will increase the irritation and actually might cause more razor bumps. Try a different brand, if you feel that the one you are using is not worth it. It is possible, though rare, that you could be allergic or sensitive to a particular type/brand of blade.

8. Don't apply too much pressure during shaving. Hold the razor "softly" with hands, and shave without applying too much pressure.

9. Apply an after-shave moisturizer or lotion after shave.

10. If possible, give a gap of a few days for the next shave.

The above tips will not only help to reduce the razor bumps, it will also help to reduce the razor burn giving you a smooth shave.

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