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The Best Ways to Prevent Razor Bumps

Updated on September 5, 2013
How do I get rid of pesky razor bumps of my neck?
How do I get rid of pesky razor bumps of my neck? | Source

The Problem

We’ve all experienced razor bumps on our face, underarms, and well, lower places too!

These irritating bumps are caused by shaving. When strands of curly hair curl back on themselves, they grow into the skin. Scarring and even pimples can occur.

We all ask ourselves how to prevent razor bumps because let’s face it, they can be painful and itchy! If you already have them, it is possible to get rid of razor bumps in a few simple ways.

How to Prevent Razor Bumps

The best way to get rid of razor bumps is to never get them in the first place. You can stop shaving, I suppose. But, the all-natural look is not for everyone.

Just like some men don't want a giant beard, some women don't want dark body hair all over them.

So, if you must remove the hair, you have to skip the blade if you want to avoid shaving.

To shave, or to wax? At least he won't have razor bumps.
To shave, or to wax? At least he won't have razor bumps. | Source

Prevent Razor Bumps: Wax and Chemicals

Take your pick: Hot Wax or a Chemical Concoction. Neither sounds all that appetizing. But, used correctly, waxing and chemical removal will prevent razor bumps.

If shaving goes wrong, you get razor bumps. If waxing or chemical removal goes wrong you get second degree burns in some sensetive areas.

So, pick your poison. No pressure.

Don't have sharp blades? You could always go see him. I hear he's quite good.
Don't have sharp blades? You could always go see him. I hear he's quite good. | Source

Prevent Razor Bumps: Fresh Blades

In case I may have terrified you of ever getting a wax or chemical removal, your next option is to be brave and shave.

But, in order to prevent razor burn, you will need to change your razor blades early and often.

The main cause of razor bumps is a dull blade.

So, don't be shy--or cheap for that matter. Buy refill blades and use them.

Only Foolproof Way to Avoid Razor Bumps

Prevent Razor Bumps: Never Shave Dry

Even just a splash of water is better than shaving dry skin.

Ideally, you want a nice smooth shaving gel. If you have sensitive skin, they make a gel for that.

Rub that thick, creamy shave gel all over and let it sit for a while.

You'll thank me for it.

(Pro Tip: Shave like the guy in the video)

Map out your facial hair like ocean currents. It will help.
Map out your facial hair like ocean currents. It will help. | Source

Prevent Razor Bumps: Against the Grain

Socially, it may be very Post-Hipster to go against the grain. But, it is definitely not cool to do it while shaving.

It's like petting a snake from back to front--you're just asking to get bit right in the face.

Also, don't pull your skin tight while shaving. Just relax and act natural. Nothing to see here.

(Pro Tip: Shaving the same spot over and over again will not make the shave closer. Don't believe me? Try mowing the same spot in your yard over and over and see if the grass gets any shorter.)

All or nothing.
All or nothing. | Source

Prevent Razor Bumps: Keep Your Cool

Consider rinsing the areas you just shaved with cold water. If you shave in the shower, you are probably taking a hot shower.

Well, that steam is opening up your pores and making you much more susceptible to razor bumps. Try rinsing with cold water to prevent razor bumps.

How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps

So, you didn't follow any of my advice above and you went ahead and got razor bumps. Congratulations.

But, now that you have them, how do you get rid of them?

I'm Glad you asked.

You don't have to get creepy about it.
You don't have to get creepy about it. | Source

Get Rid of Razor Bumps: Lube Up

One of the first things you can do is slather some soothing lotion on them.

You'll want to use something with aloe vera or an anti-itch element.

Also, use a lotion or cleanser with benzoyl peroxide. Acne medicated lotions can help razor bumps if applied a couple times a week.

Be careful, though. If you have cut or open sores, this will sting a little. Avoid scented lotions.

You don't have to get carried away.
You don't have to get carried away. | Source

Get Rid of Razor Bumps: Get Hairy

Avoid shaving the area for a few days, maybe even a week, to allow for time to heal.

Who knows, maybe you'll look good with a beard.

If you're shaving every day, you are never giving your skin and pores time to heal.

So, if you get razor bumps, boycott the razor for a while and heal up. Get a little hairy.

Get Rid of Razor Bumps: Quick Tips

  • Keep the area clean. When in the shower, clean the skin gently. It would be beneficial to use a body scrub to really exfoliate the affected area but be sure to be gentle.

  • If you go to your local drugstore, there are products that are specifically made for treating razor bumps. See which one works best for you.

  • You will never get rid of razor bumps if you continue to rub or pick at them!

  • Applying a cold compress might make the area feel instantly better.

  • If you want to try a home remedy, mix pureed cucumber and milk together and put in the refrigerator. Then apply to the affected area and rinse off. It feels amazing!

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