Razor Bumps

Razor Bumps and Razor Burn


Razor bumps are caused when, after shaving, waxing, or tweezing, the hair begins to grow back and it doubles over and grows into the skin. Aside from irritation and the bumps themselves, this process can occasionally cause scarring. Razor burn is caused when shaved, waxed, or tweezed skin becomes irritated.


Who is most likely to experience razor bumps and razor burn?

Both men and women suffer from razor bumps after shaving their face, neck, legs, or bikini areas. People with curled or spiral hair strands are most susceptible to razor bumps, but anyone can get them.


How can I avoid getting razor bumps or razor burn?

If you suffer from razor bumps or burn, there are a number of things you can do to reduce their outbreaks. First of all, properly cleanse and exfoliate your skin regularly. Use a pre-shave oil that will help soften your hair. Using an after-shave treatment will also help. When selecting a razor, opt for single blades.


I’ve got razor bumps / razor burn. What should I do?

There are a number of home remedies to prevent and treat razor bumps and razor burn. To reduce redness and inflammation, use things like aloe vera, witch hazel, hydrocortisone cream, lemon juice, or tea tree oil. Apply directly to the affected area. Applying a hot compress to the affected area will also help soften hairs and allow them to uncurl and free themselves. However, hot compresses can cause dry skin so always moisturize thoroughly after using hot compresses.


However, if you find yourself suffering from razor bumps or razor burn, a board-certified dermatologist, like those at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, can offer you assistance. Our doctors can examine your skin and hair type and prescribe topical lotions that will help prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs, such as hydrocortisone, antibiotics, or tretinoin cream.

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