6 tips on how to get rid of razor bumps - know from dermatologist

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 03/10/18

Razor bumps are dermatologically termed as Pseudofolliculitis barbae. They are common among people with curly and thick beard hair. The thick beard hair tends to curl back in the reverse direction into the skin while shaving. This inturned hair might trigger inflammation, leading to mildly itchy and red colored razor bumps (sometimes filled with pus).


What can be done to stop razor bumps? 

The most effective prevention is to avoid shaving for three to four weeks till the razor bumps have subsided. But this might not be practical for all; so you can prefer electric razors over the manual one.

However if you use manual razors, please take following precautions to get rid of razor bumps:

  • Use the single blade or special wire-wrapped blade.  
  • Avoid shaving too closely.  
  • Use new blade for each shave.  
  • Do not stretch the skin.  
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth (avoid reverse shaving).  
  • Shave every second day, rather than daily. 

Don’t let such minute bumpy hurdles ruin your skin. By some simple yet crucial preventions, one can get away with them!

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