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How To Get Rid Of Embarrassing Razor Bumps

Updated on August 23, 2007

If you're like me and have ever suffered from RAZOR BUMPS (also called ingrown hairs, razor burn) then you'll know how Ugly, Painful, Irritating and EMBARRASSING they can be!

They're caused when the shaved hair gets trapped inside the follicle or grows back into the skin. Ouch! This then leads to scarring, redness, swelling and itchiness (its medical term is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae or PFB for short).

I have come up with this simple 5 step article that has really helped to cure my issue with Razor Bumps, ingrown hairs and Razor Burn. By following my tips below over several weeks it should do the same for you!

Step 1:- Use active ingredients

There are loads of skin care products out there that claim to reduce ingrown hairs and cure razor bumps but very few actually really work! What you need to look for is skincare products that contain the active ingredient called Salicyclic Acid. This ingredient has been clinically proven to moisturise, exfoliate and clear your pores thereby preventing further infections.

Do: use an after shave product that contains Salicyclic Acid - that way it will stay on your skin all day long giving you added protection.

Don't: use products that contain alcohol! It will dry out your skin and increase irritation.

Step 2: - Skin preparation:

Make sure you exfoliate (removing the upper layers of dead skin) first. Daily use of a gentle face scrub with Glycolic and Salicylic Acid is particularly effective.

Do: Use a soft-bristle face brush and liquid cleanser in a circular motion on your beard to dislodge the tips of ingrown hairs, eliminate dead skin cells and clear follicles to allow hairs to surface unimpeded.

Do: Trade in your shaving cream or gel for some old-fashioned shaving soap, a mug and a badger brush. These soaps are cheap and provide superior lubrication, and the use of the brush makes hairs stand up and easier to shave. You can find them at your local supermarket.

Do: Try to shave in the shower as the warm/hot spray will make your hairs soft and opens pores, allowing you to shave effectively and comfortably and reduce outbreaks of razor bumps.

Step 3: - Change the way you shave:

One of the main causes of razor bump is by shaving too close. By shaving too close the hair stubs will end up getting stuck in the hair follicle and bam you have the start of an ingrown hair! Shave in slow, small strokes tapping the razor under hot water to clean it between each stroke as a blade full of hair won't sit evenly against the skin.

Do: make sure your razor blade is clean and sharp.

Don't: Apply too much pressure on the razor blade and shave against the grain of your hair.

It is crucial you keep this in mind while shaving because if you forget and shave too close the razor bumps will come back to torment you and it will take a while before you get rid of them again!

Step 4: - Post-Shave Care:

Splash cold water over your freshly shaven skin to close up your pores. You can also use ice if you're feeling brave! Ice works just as well as alcohol and will not dry out your skin. .

Do: Apply Aloe Vera or Tea Tree oil balm to moisturize, soothe and cool your skin.

Step 5:- How to get rid of existing ingrown hairs

To get rid of your ingrown hairs you just simple but carefully lift the ingrown end out with tweezers. I sometimes also use a sterilised needle to gentle prise the hair out if it's too deeply ingrown. Resist the urge to pull the hair out!

Do: Use products that contain Azulen and Allantoin as they will keep you comfortable and stop the itching, redness and swelling.

Don't: Do not pluck your ingrown hair out. Just lift them out of the skin otherwise the ingrown hair will only re-grow deeper and increase the problem.

There you have it! For easy to follow tips to get rid of your razor bumps all you have to do is take a couple of more minutes of shaving time and remember to keep these tips in mind.

I also suffered from razor bumps and aside from it being embarrassing and drawing attention to myself, it was painful. However, thanks to these steps I was able to get in control and improve my skin. You can do it too! You can keep on irritating your skin or you can put these steps into practice and have the smooth skin you deserve!


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      skincarequeen 2 years ago

      exfoliate with an ingrown hair brush

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      Jerome 3 years ago

      The Alpha Mane razor bump kit is the way to go. Bumps were gone in a week.

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      Marcus 3 years ago

      Jake, I also used the Alpha Mane razor bump products to get rid of my razor bumps. They work as advertised. To everyone else, I suggest using their treatment kit and following their razor bump regimen.

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      Jake 3 years ago

      Alpha mane's razor bump cream works pretty well. Helped my roommate with his razor bumps.

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      Trimmer 3 years ago

      Best is to dump your electric shaver, and use a good professional trimmer that leaves stubs.

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      Patient.AKN.UK 3 years ago

      I had this condition at the back of my head which turned into 'Acne Keloidas Nuchae'. After nearly 2 and a half decades of embarrasing scar, I got it removed. Follow my healing process (an honest, no holds-barred account) of what happens over the next year:




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      Samuel Adams 4 years ago

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      How to get rid of razor bumps 4 years ago

      I HATE that! i have a tool that can get rid of them FAST coming out soon.

      Razor bumps occur when a newly shorn hairs grows back to re-enter the skin. As it continues to pierce and embed itself into the skin, a bump will appear as a sign of injury.

      To get rid of razor bumps rapidly, save the part free of sweat and germs. Wash the regarded area with antibacterial cleanser. Development of bacterium can exacerbate the precondition and prevents skin’s power to reclaim the bumps.

      I have find a very helpful information in

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      Moore Unique 4 years ago

      Moore Unique Skin Care is your solution!!!!

      Look no further you have found your solution to bad acne, razor bumps, and just bad skin in general!!!

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      iLove 4 years ago

      Use Razor Burn Freedom from Swedish Skin Care ... I use it after shaving and waxing, even on my face.

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      mahesh prajapati 5 years ago

      I like it.

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      Leyla 5 years ago

      What if its on your legs?

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      Bigboss2 5 years ago

      Love it !

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      Bomdz 5 years ago


      Very usefull tips

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      Jon Hart 5 years ago

      Put grease on the pubic area. I know it sounds weird or wrong but the grease goes inside the pores and pushes the razor bumbs or "pimples" away. Also if it begins to get irritated or itchy DO NOT SCRATCH..! Scrarching will rip them open causing the puss to go on skin crwating more bumps

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      Oogly boogly 5 years ago

      What about red bumps from hair removal cream? I have a swimming carnival in two days and I'm so embarrassed but I can't get anything from a pharmacist. I need home remedies!!! Please!!!!

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      Sean 5 years ago

      Guys help,I thought I will look very good with a skin head, now I can't go out without a bandana, my head is full of bumps and very unsighty. Help me please.

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      5 years ago

      just buy the razor called bump fighter.. works like a charm

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      Jeremiah 5 years ago

      What if you have one of the fancy razors.that clean you still need to use shaving cream?

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      marcus 5 years ago

      bump stoppers works fine too

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      kool 5 years ago

      Thankz for d tip now I knw wat to do

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      Acne hater 5 years ago

      But what if it's in between your eyebrow? Does that change anything?

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      Sienna 5 years ago

      There is a product called Stop Bump moisturizing Lotion sold on website. This product does contain salicyclic acid and other extracts that help with preventing and reducing bumps. It is alos great for acne in teenagers and adults.

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      luke 5 years ago

      skin *

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      luke 5 years ago

      im alittle scared to pull them over the skiing. does it hurt ?

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      Ace Brooks 6 years ago

      These sound really help. hopefully they will work. THANKS

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      Mandie 6 years ago


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      Sarah 6 years ago

      i dont get them none of them and i wa just lookin for other tips not this one

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      gogusce 6 years ago

      If its on your thighs it is most probably jock itch. ;)

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      jamesz 6 years ago

      It's really not very nice when ingrown hairs appear after shaving ... Thanks for the hub.

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      tüy dökücü 6 years ago

      Like you ;)

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      leland 6 years ago

      Let your facial hair grow out row a while. Use clippers to keep it short. After the bumps have gone away, use the shortest guards or just the clippers and buss the hair off. Follow after with a shave. Shave gently each day afterwards to avoid another set of bumps. Hope this was helpful.

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      Zella 6 years ago

      What if they are at the back of your head :(? I want to get rid of them before they turn to keloids!!!

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      Jack 6 years ago

      There not razor bumps they are pimples

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      gafgdg 7 years ago

      what if you have razor bumps between your eybrows?

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      posiedon 7 years ago

      how do i get rid of the bumps after shaving.. i have shaved and they appeared 2 days after i shaved with a razor..i had switched to an electric trimmer but the bumps are not going away and it has been almost a week now. what can make them go away?

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      Ima Tool 7 years ago

      Your mom!

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      zackarytm 7 years ago

      do you know of any products that contain Azulen and Allantoin?

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      wet shaving 7 years ago

      Great information

      Most of the looking I’ve done indicates that razor burn is a skin irritation caused by allergic reactions to chemicals, excessive tugging while shaving or the result of a dull blade or blades. They usually can be prevented by changing creams or soaps, changing blades and/or using a pre shave oil. Oils aren’t terribly expensive and are well worth a look if you have a problem.

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      Dave 7 years ago

      If its on your thighs it is most probably jock itch.

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      Izzy 8 years ago

      What if the Ravor Bumps are on your Thighs??

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      t-dogg 8 years ago

      use a pair of beard trimmers for no irrtation andis makes a good pair saves money on razors on razors and creams too

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      maya13 8 years ago

      Like you I also get irritations and ingrown hairs, specially if I shave. However, I am using now a very good hair removal cream that gets rid of hairs in minutes without pain or irritations. Most hair removal creams have strong chemicals so I would get irritations but this cream is a low irritation formula, That I can also use on the bikini area, with natural plant extracts and moisturizers.I don´t experience razor burns, red bumps and ingrown hairs anymore. I hope this is useful for you, you can take a look at this cream at this link:

      I would also like to say that everything you mentioned in your article is useful, but you can also get ingrown hairs from waxing or tweezing, at least i did. I just find using a hair removal cream being a better way of removing unwanted hair, at least the one I'm using now lasts me longer then shaving.

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      mark velez 8 years ago

      these actually are good tips good job!

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      mark velez 8 years ago

      these actually are good tips good job!

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from North America

      Good tips and information!