Whether you are going at that interview for the job you have been waiting for your whole life or going on that special first date with that person you already have a hunch might be The One, the last thing you want is razor bumps. They can ruin your self-confidence and make you appear sloppy and unhygienic. They can utterly ruin that sharp and clean-cut look you were going for. Fear not, friends. I am going to tell you what razor bumps are, how to get rid of razor bumps, and how to avoid ever getting them again. Read on and I will have you looking your best in no time!
Razor bumps are actually ingrown hairs that occur after shaving. The tiny stubs of your shaven hairs begin to double back onto themselves and attempt to re-enter the skin. This causes the dreaded razor bumps, as well as acne and scarring. Known officially as ” pseudofolliculitis barbae”, razor bumps are an unsightly plague upon the skin. Fortunately, there are a variety of remedies that will help you get rid of these ugly blemishes. Some may be even hiding in your home right now.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that contains naturally occurring antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil can be used to treat existing razor bumps effectively, but is important to note that with any essential oil caution must be used. Tea tree oil is extremely strong, both in it’s astringent and antibacterial properties as well as it’s odor. You must dilute this oil with water to keep it from being too harsh on the skin, and you must use it sparingly unless you enjoy a strong scent that might remind you of kerosene or a raging tire fire.
What CAN’T lemon juice do? Besides being a decent cleaning agent as well as a food preserver, lemon juice can also help treat razor bumps. Lemon juice is naturally acidic, which will help destroy any bacteria threatening to turn your razor bumps into a nasty breakout of acne. Relatively safe and much cheaper than tea tree oil, it may prove to be your go-to in treating your razor bumps. You will, however, want to be sure not to use it around your eyes. This begs the question: why would you be shaving your eyes?
By far the safest, and possibly most effective treatment for razor bumps is a good old hot towel. Get a wash rag wet with the warmest water you can tolerate, squeeze, and slap that towel down wherever your razor bumps have occurred. Let it rest there for awhile, ten minutes or so. The idea is that the warm moisture will naturally open up your follicles and allow the inverted hair to release from the skin. It will also draw blood cells nearer to the surface of the skin, where they will attack any bacteria that may try to sneak. A hot towel is the method I use and the only one I whole-heartedly recommend.
The best way to avoid razor bumps is to use a clean, sharp razor every time. If you can find one of those old-timey straight razors like your grandfather used to use, and you can keep it properly sharp, this would be the best method in keeping razor bumps at bay. Also, never shave a cold face. Cold temperatures causes the skin to prickle (think goose bumps) and you end up shaving a small layer of skin along with the hair, leaving a welcome mat for bacteria and infection. Shave WITH the grain. If your hair is growing downward, shave with a downward stroke. The opposite will cause you to lift and cut the hair along with a small amount of skin, as mentioned above. We don’t want that.
Use an aftershave. They are not there to simply smell good. The alcohol contained within will first destroy any lingering bacteria looking for a way into your pores. Simultaneously, it will cause your pores to shrink. This will keep any pesky hairs that want to be ingrown from finding easy purchase, as well as prevent any bacteria STILL lingering from entering as well.
Razor bumps are a condition that affect many people across the planet. This is perplexing. Avoiding razor bumps is not nearly so hard as it may seem. If you follow the advice in this article, you will be looking great and ready to start your day.