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You have heard us say this before Summer is for Fun and laying in the sun - as it should be, but if you are dealing with razor bumps, the last thing you want to do is take your buns out or go for an impromptu swim. Because razor bumps can be uncomfortable, painful, and even embarrassing for some of us.
If razor bumps are getting in the way of your summer fun, keep reading because this article is your ultimate guide to preventing and treating razor bumps down there and everywhere for Good!
What are razor bumps?
Razor bumps, or pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), are small red bumps or ingrown hairs that appear on the skin after shaving; they can sting, burn, itch, or hurt with touch. Razor bumps happen because the hair follicles curl back or grow back unevenly into the skin, which causes inflammation and irritation.
What causes razor bumps?
The most common causes of razor bumps are:
- Not shaving properly: using a dull blade, applying too much pressure while shaving, or shaving against how your hair grows naturally can irritate your skin and cause razor bumps.
- Sensitive skin: those with sensitive skin are more prone to skin irritation and inflammation.
- Dry shaving: dry shaving dries out your skin and increases the chance of irritation and razor bumps.
- Not taking care of your skin after shaving: shaving can cause razor burns, dry skin, and irritation, especially if you do not have a proper after-shave routine.
- Hair texture: those with coarse or curly hair textures are more likely to suffer from razor bumps.
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How to prevent razor bumps
- Exfoliate: exfoliation is your first line of defense against razor bumps and ingrown hair, so always exfoliate before you shave. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores, to prepare your skin for a smooth and closer shave. The Kushae Premiere Exfoliating Scrub is an excellent exfoliator; infused with Jojoba oil, it leaves your skin naturally moisturized and fresh while combatting ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
- Prepare your skin before shaving: open up your pores with a hot steamy shower or warm water; if you do not have access to a shower, use a hot wet clean towel. Use the 2-N-1 gentle feminine foaming wash to wash and clean the area and prepare your skin for shaving.
- Use the right shaving products: just like using the right razor or shaver is essential, so is using the right products to shave with. Avoid shaving products with harsh ingredients such as fragrances, ethylene glycome, sulfate, and more! Instead, choose a product like the Kushae feminine soothing cream - formulated with non-toxic ingredients and designed to tighten pores and prevent ingrown hairs.
- Use a sharp blade: invest in a good quality razor or shaver like the Kushae 3-N-1 razor kit to help you get a close shave and prevent razor bumps.
- Shave in the direction your hair grows: shaving against the direction of hair growth is one of the leading causes of razor bumps. To minimize irritation and razor bumps, always shave in the direction of hair growth (shaving with the grain.)
- Take your time: when shaving, make sure to not rush to avoid getting nicked, cut, or getting razor bumps. Use short, gentle strokes, and rinse the razor frequently to remove hair buildup.
- Create an after-shave routine: after shaving, your skin needs some extra TLC, so clean and rinse your skin thoroughly with cool water to close your pores. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel and then hydrate and moisturize your skin with a soothing cream, balm, or oil.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes: avoid wearing tight clothing after you shave; tight clothing can rub against your skin and create friction. This will further irritate your skin and lead to inflammation.
How to treat razor bumps
- Moisturize your skin: use a soothing cream like the Kushae feminine natural 'soothing' cream to deeply hydrate and moisturize your skin and calm irritation.
- Use a warm compress: use a warm compress to soothe inflammation and reduce redness. A warm compress helps open your pores, softens your pubic hair, and releases trapped ingrown hairs.
- Let your skin breathe: stop shaving until your skin heals; shaving will only irritate your skin more and cause inflammation. To avoid infection and scarring, you should also avoid picking, scratching, or squeezing your razor bumps.
- Consider alternative hair removal methods: if razor bumps persist, consider using alternative hair removals methods like depilatory creams, waxing, or laser hair removal. Please consult a dermatologist or licensed professional to determine the best option for your skin.
When to see a doctor
If the bumps become increasingly painful, inflamed, infected, or filled with pus, please consult your doctor immediately. A healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or OB/GYN, can provide the right course of treatment, including prescription medications if necessary.