Written and updated by U.N Sampson (RM, Youth Educator/ Public Speaker) on 24th April, 2020.
Bumps(either razor or clipper) are ingrown hairs that form after shaving or using other hair removal measures, such as waxing or plucking. Medically, razor bumps is called pseudofolliculitis barbae.
Ingrown hairs form or develop when hair begins to grow backward into the skin, rather than upward and out. When the hairs were removed by shaving, waxing, or plucking few days ago, the hair may curl and turn inward. When the new skin cells begin to grow over the hair, it becomes trapped and causes a bump to form.
Clipper bumps can form on any area of the body where a person shaves or removes hair, including the face, head(even bumps at the back of the neck), legs, underarms, and pubic area.
Razor bumps and razor burn
Remember, razor bumps are different from razor burn:
Razor burn is a kind of skin irritation caused by the friction of the razor. It causes redness of area and irritation immediately after shaving.
Razor burn can occur when a person does not properly lubricate their skin with shaving gel or cream before shaving. Also it may occur if the person uses a dull razor or has skin that is sensitive to friction.
While razor bumps can develop several days after hair removal, once the hair has had time to grow into the skin and create a blockaded
Calm down and read this article for you will learn how to treat razor bumps quickly and how to prevent them from forming in the future.
Bumps are not an ailment or something that has be cure permanently. You need to understand your skin. Look for a method that suits yours as I have discussed herein.
Razor bumps can vary in size from small to large. They can either be red or have a white, pus-filled bump.
Although nothing can make them go away instantly, there are several measures that can assist remove them faster and let the skin to heal. Here are the measures:.
1.Use salicylic acid
Using products containing salicylic acid can help heal the skin around clipper or razor bumps.
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that assists exfoliate, or peel, skin cells. It has the power to penetrate oil glands in the skin to unclog pores as well as fight inflammation.
Salicylic acid works by alleviating razor bumps and slough off dead skin cells. This lets the ingrown hair to find its way out of the pore. It also decreases the bump’s appearance.
Similarly, salicylic acid can help treat acne, as confirmed by American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). That is, salicylic acid may be a good option for people who experience both acne and razor bumps.
There are many products that contain salicylic acid, including cleansers, toners, and lotions.
Alternatively, salicylic acid is one of the active ingredients in aspirin.
Just buy aspirin tablet over-the-counter; put about 5 to 8 tablets in drops of water to dissolve, make a paste and rub it on that area. Allow to dry then rinse. Repeat that daily! It cures bumps.
2.Check out for glycolic acid
Similar to salicylic acid, glycolic acid makes the skin peel by removing old cells from the surface of the skin. Glycolic acid is called an alpha-hydroxy acid.
Razor bumps form when excess skin cells clog the pores and trap the hair inside. Glycolic acid can help get those cells off the way and let the hair to come to the surface.
As it accelerates the skin’s natural sloughing process, a glycolic acid product can help razor bumps clear up more quickly and give the skin a smoother appearance.
When ingrown hair is visible, it may be helpful to use sterile, pointed tweezers to pull it out.
Know that removing the trapped hair could get rid of the razor bump quickly. You should sterilize the tweezers with alcohol and cleanse the skin and hands with soap and water before tweezing.
But when the hair is not visible on the surface of the skin, using tweezers could make the problem worse. Tweezers could injure the skin, leading to more irritation and infection.
Don’t ever attempt to pick or squeeze the bumps, as they could get worse or cause scarring.
4. Cautiously use scrubs
If you have sensitive skin, you should use scrubs with caution.
A mechanical or physical scrub sometimes can remove dead skin cells that plug the pores and keep hairs trapped inside. These skin care scrubs may contain sugar, salt, ground up fruit pits, or tiny beads.
Scrubs do remove debris and free ingrown hairs by physically sloughing off dead skin cells.
A skin reaction may occur in some people due to the rough texture of scrubs, especially those with sensitive or inflamed skin. When the skin is red, irritated, or sensitive, use scrubs with caution.
5.Gently brush the skin
Using a soft brush in the areas a person shaves is another option for removing dead skin cells and debris clogging the pores.
You can use a skin care brush or a soft toothbrush for this.
Using brush can help guide the hair out of the clogged pore so that it does not become trapped underneath.
Daily brushing the area may help remove current razor bumps and prevent new ones from forming.
6.Use a warm washcloth
Just applying a warm, wet washcloth to the skin can help soften the skin and draw the ingrown hair out, especially when you join this technique with one of the other treatments above. You may also wish to steam the area in a hot shower.
7.Use natural product like aloe Vera gel
Aloe vera gel can cure bumps. You only need to wash that area very well with warm water and soap –brushing off the bumps and then apply the gel twice daily consistently for one to two weeks,the bumps get off. And for the black spots that is left after bumps healing use anti-spot gel to remove it.
To help prevent razor bumps from forming,there are various things a person can do,there are several things a person can do. And if none of these measures help, however, you have to see a doctor so they can evaluate the bumps.
Here some of the prevention measures:
Shave less often
If possible, you should try to shave less frequently. This will minimize the risk of hairs being too short to grow out of the skin, and in turn decreasing the risk of ingrown hairs. And try using oil while shaving and shave in the direction the hair is growing.
Use of an electric razor/clipper
Closely shaving the skin cuts the hair very short. This predisposes the hair to become ingrown as it starts to grow back.
You can use an electric razor on a low setting to keep the hair slightly longer. This helps to make it less likely that it will turn back into the skin.
Using a retinoid product
As it takes several weeks for a retinoid product to reach its full results, it is not a quick fix. But it can prevent razor bumps as well as acne.
Retinoids are available as the over-the-counter creams, serums, and cleansers. You can also get stronger retinoids with a prescription. Retinoids under prescription include adapalene (Differin), tazarotene (Tazorac) and tretinoin (Retin-A).
You can use a shaving cream to lower their risk of razor bumps.
Before plucking or shaving, you can lower their risk of razor bumps by getting the skin ready. The these steps can help:
—Cleanse the skin with a product containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
This helps clear pores and remove excess skin cells from the surface.
—Always shave only when the skin is very wet, either during or immediately after a shower. Or you can place a warm, wet towel on the area for 5 to 10 minutes before shaving.
Consider using a shaving cream or gel appropriate for your skin type.
Some people who experience acne may wish to opt for a shaving gel that is safe for acne-prone skin. And those with dry skin should select a product that contains moisturizer.
Don’t ever use skin care products that contain irritating ingredients, which could make inflammation worse.
Use a fresh, sharp razor.
Clean the razor very well with alcohol before and after each use to keep it free of bacteria.
Consider another hair removal technique
Some persons may wish to use hair removal creams, or depilatories, which dissolve the hair and reduce the risk of razor bumps.
But some hair removal creams contain chemicals that can irritate some people’s skin. Do not use these products if your skin is already red, inflamed, or sensitive.
Laser hair removal is another option
Healthcare providers such as Dermatologists can perform this procedure. Although it is stated that laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to produce results, the hair tends to grow back finer and lighter than before.
Razor bumps do not generally
cause serious health problems but their appearance can be bothersome and can affect a person’s image and confidence.
If these home remedies do not work, then seek the help of a doctor or dermatologist to discuss other options, such as a prescription skin cream or laser hair removal.