How to Manage Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hair
While many men can experience skin irritation after shaving, some men are likely to develop a chronic type of razor bumps called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, or PFB. This condition results in bumps after shaving that can be painful. To manage razor bumps, Gillette® has the tips needed to help minimise irritation and get a comfortable shave.
For tips on managing non-PFB (razor bumps) irritation from shaving, see our article on shaving rash and irritation.
Razor bumps: here's the deal
Razor bumps and ingrown hair start with a genetic tendency toward extremely curly hair. The irregular shape of curly hair shafts and the curls themselves make hairs prone to pushing back into the surface of the skin as they regrow after being cut. This genetic factor makes ingrown hair and razor bumps very common in men of African or Indo-European descent. It is important to note that not all razor bumps are PFB, so if you believe you are experiencing this condition, a good first step is always to consult your dermatologist for diagnosis and management of symptoms of ingrown hair.
In addition to genetic factors, there are a few things that can happen during shaving that make you more likely to have an outbreak of razor bumps. When the hair shaft is dry, it’s much harder for your razor to cut, leading to more tugging and pulling. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it also can cause the hair tips to be cut at an angle, making it even easier for the hair to penetrate back into the skin as it grows and increase your risk of a razor bump outbreak.
Tips for minimising razor bumps while shaving:
Set up for success.
Soften to reduce tugs.
Let the razor do the work.
Restore the moisture.
Cleanse, hydrate, shave and maintain – these four steps, combined with Gillette’s line-up of shave care products will give you the power to help manage your razor bumps.
Following right beard growth tips and shaving steps is the key to get the desired look! To get answers to more specific questions about razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or PFB, talk to your dermatologist.
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