How to Prevent Razor Bumps
Is shaving a cause of skin irritation? Do you want to know how to prevent razor bumps or that annoying rash that seems to appear every time you shave?
Men and women alike want a nice smooth shave, but cutting the hair too close to the skin is one of the main causes of razor bumps.
Shaven hair often has a sharp or pointed tip that can sometimes curve back toward the skin as it grows out, and may actually penetrate the skin or re-enter the follicle.
Since this is not supposed to happen, your immune system will consider the "ingrown hair" an intruder and will try to find ways to fight it. This reaction by your body usually causes red, inflamed bumps to form on the surface of the skin.
These pimple-like spots can be tender, painful, or itchy, and in some cases, may become infected or pus-filled. If not treated, razor bumps can sometimes spread to become an irritating rash and, in severe cases, may even cause scarring.
Although anyone can be affected, razor bumps are most common in people with thick curly hair, and are more prevalent among African Americans and Hispanics. Typically, it is a bigger issue for men than women, since men usually have coarse facial hair that is shaved daily.