SUNDAY October 9, 2022 (HealthDay News)
Here’s some hope for men who struggle with razor bumps after shaving: irritated, sore skin isn’t inevitable.
You can prevent razor bumps by changing up your shaving routine, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, which offered some handy tips.
“If you’ve ever shaved, you probably know what razor bumps feel like,” says New York-based dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar.
“These painful or itchy bumps are caused when shaving irritates the skin. The good news is that changing your habits when you shave can help prevent razor bumps from occurring or lead to less painful bumps,” says Rokhsar said in an academy press release.
On the one hand, you can retrain your hair to grow in a different direction, which would avoid irritation caused by “against the flow” shaving. To do this, firmly pull the skin where your hair grows while looking at yourself in a mirror. Your hair can grow in different directions. Train him to grow one way by gently brushing him with a toothbrush every day.
Here are some other things you can do:
- Shave when your hair is soft, at the end of your shower or after holding a warm, damp washcloth to your skin. This loosens the hairs and causes them to puff up. Then they are less likely to curl into your skin.
- Use a cleanser that won’t clog pores before you shave, then use a moisturizing shaving cream. Apply a soothing aftershave and you’ll reduce the risk of bumps.
- It may also help to rinse off the shaving cream with warm water and place a cool, damp washcloth over your freshly shaved skin.
- Clean your electric razor after five to seven shaves. Replace your disposable razor after the same number of shaves and store it in a dry place.
- Shaving every day, or at least every two or three days, can help because the hair has less time to grow and curl.
- You can also simply stop shaving and grow your facial hair.
“Razor bumps can create permanent changes to your skin when left untreated, such as deep furrows and raised scars,” Rokhsar said. “If you still have razor bumps after changing your shaving habits, see a board-certified dermatologist for relief.”
The United States Department of Agriculture offers this body care product fact sheet.
SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, press release, October 4, 2022
By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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