We have all experienced some flaw or blemish when it comes to shaving, whether it’s an allergic reaction, irritation, razor burn or Bumps, or even ingrown hairs. Some individuals may even be more acquainted than just a once of with at least one or two of these shaving perils.
In the end, with every shave, we meticulously try to avoid such incidents and consequences by enhancing our technique, changing our products and shaving tools, and even trying a few internet hacks or remedies.
One concern that mostly stand out when shaving, in both men and women, is RAZOR Bumps, those awful little protruding red blemishes that are painful and unsightly, to say the least.
What Are Razor Bumps and What Causes Them
First and foremost, you need to be using the correct razor not to get any Razor Bumps in the first place.
Razor Bumps, in short, are the result of hairs becoming ingrown and infected, much like acne, but with ingrown hair.
These Bumps may become filled with puss just like a pimple, and the ingrown hair will grow further into your skin.
Pretty unpleasant and disturbing, right? Well, here are some reasons why this happens;
- Razor Bumps are caused by waxing, tweezing, and shaving alike.
- Not using a lubricant when your wax or shave, such as shaving cream or foam, is the top cause of Razor Bumps.
- When you shave against the grain, you are similarly very likely to develop Razor Bumps.
- An old, dirty, or blunt razor is one of the main physical culprits to Razor Bumps.
- Anything that gets clogged in your razor blades, such as soap, hair, foam, or skin particles, can cause Razor Bumps.
- When you shave over a single area on your face too often, it gets irritated, resulting in, you guessed right, Razor Bumps.
- You are shaving too quickly or using the wrong technique may also irritate, resulting in Razor Bumps and burn.
- Your product, such as your cleanser, aftershave, or shaving cream, can likewise be the cause.
How to Treat a Razor Bump
If you already have Razor Bumps, you may need to treat them first; you must physically remove ingrown hairs unless they are just on the skin’s surface, then exfoliation may help.
Here are some methods of treating Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hairs
- You can exfoliate with a good scrub or use an exfoliation brush or glove to remove the top layer of skin build-up, which may release some of the ingrown hairs.
- For a deeper ingrown hair, a disinfected needle to open up each bump and remove the hair gently with tweezers, being careful not to break it, but remove the root as well.
- With Razor Bumps, you may need to squeeze out the puss before you remove the hair gently; make sure your fingers are clean, and not use your nails to squeeze.
- Once the ingrown hair is removed, and the Razor Bump is open, use an astringent to wipe your face and a good moisturizer that is not greasy.
- You may need to give your face some time to heal before shaving again.
- Use the given shaving tips to Prevent Razor Bumps from developing again.
- Only use properly cleaned and disinfected tools such as blades and tweezers on your face if you are prone to irritation.
- Dry skin is likewise much more prone to developing Razor Bumps, so keep your skin well moisturized and well hydrated before shaving.
Tips and Tricks to Prevent Razor Bumps
Here are a few Tried and Tested tips and tricks to help you prevent Razor Bumps altogether:
- Make sure to regularly exfoliate your skin with a good quality product for your skin type.
- Cleanse your face thoroughly with a cleanser and warm, not hot, water before shaving to clean and soften the skin.
- Shaving after taking a bath or shower is always best.
- Avoid pulling your skin tight when you shave.
- Use short and gentle strokes when you shave rather than long hard ones.
- Always apply ample lubricant or shaving cream before shaving.
- Make sure to rinse your blade after every stroke.
- After shaving, rinse your face carefully with clean and cold water; never use dirty water.
- Take care of your razor blade, clean it thoroughly, leaving no foam, soap or stubble behind, rinse and dry of completely, you may even use rubbing alcohol to dry and sterilize the blade.
- When your blade starts to feel dull and worn, replace it immediately or sharpen the blade if you can.
Anti-Friction Gliding Strips
Anti-Friction Gliding is one of the latest revolutions in shaving when it comes to high technology blades. As shown in the video, the Defender razor features Cartridge Blades that have four anti-friction gliding strips to reduce friction, which prevents irritation that could lead to Razor Bumps.
As you can see, the Micro fins that precede the blade help smooth out the skin before the first blade starts cutting the first hairs, So in the end, you get a close and comfortable shave, along with the lubrication of the thin lubricating strips.
Choosing Your Blade
Choose Your Weapon against Razor Bumps, Wisely;
First of all, three or more blades spaced well apart are vital, then you need to consider whether you have normal, sensitive, or highly irritable and sensitive skin.
A Normal Blade offers you the smoothest and most comfortable shave, while a Sensitive Blade causes less irritation and likewise performs equally well. When you choose the
Extra Sensitive option you may not get the smoothest and closest shave, but it will still offer you a very similar result, with no irritation.
Last but not Least
It is essential to remember that your razor blades and your razor themselves are tools that need to be cleaned, maintained, and handled properly for them to work effectively. Nothing causes irritation and Razor Bumps faster than a blunt and dirty or unhygienic blade.
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