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How to Prevent Razor Bumps or Ingrown Hair

Updated on October 20, 2011

Razor bumps or ingrown hair are very painful and especially affect Afro Caribbean men. The reason for this is the wiry and curly nature of the hair which causes it to curl around and enter the skin. Whilst there are remedies to cure razor bumps the best possible method is to learn how to prevent razor bumps or ingrown hair altogether.

Now, whilst this may be impossible to eliminate entirely, there are certainly a number of things that can be done to prevent razor bumps to a large degree.

If you use some or all of the following methods to prevent razor bumps, you should have some noticeable success.

Tips to Prevent Razor Bumps

1. Do NOT use after shave products or any other facial product which contains alcohol as this will dry out the skin and irritate it. Razor bumps may become infected and become red and itchy and alcohol will exaggerate this. Try instead to find one which uses salicylic acid as this has been shown to help the skin by moisturising and cleansing the skin, thereby reducing chances of infection

2. Prepare your skin well before shaving by using a gently facial cleanser with exfoliation properties. It may well be worth also considering a return to a soft brush and soap to create the lather as this will create a creamier foam and will also not contain the chemicals often found in most shaving cream. Make sure also that your skin is kept warm and soft with water prior to shaving.

3. Use the razor lightly against the grain of the hair and don’t dig in as this is a sure way to cause razor bumps. Instead, use short light strokes and do make sure that you rinse the razor regularly under hot water to keep it clean and to prevent dragging short and sharp hairs across your face. Also make sure that you change your blades frequently between shaves.

4. Once you have finished shaving, use as cold a water as possible to splash onto your face. This will have the effect of closing up your pores reducing the risk of an ingrown hair. You can also use a natural moisturiser such as tea tree oil at this stage to prevent skin irritation

If you follow these golden rules on how to prevent razor bumps and ingrown hair you should be able to avoid these painful bumps to a much larger degree than before and avoid the soreness, irritation and unsightliness of razor bumps on your face.


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