Razor Bumps: A Rough Road You Can Steer Clear Of

Posted by Michael Ogbebor on


For anyone that has ever suffered from Razor Bumps, then you know how frustrating and painful it can be. It can be an embarrassing condition for those affected by it, and this is especially the case for men.

Razor bump or pseudofolliculitis barbae as it’s clinically called is a condition of the hair follicle curling back into the skin causing irritation. They are not only irritating but can lead to infections as well.

The good news is that with proper care, and by following a few tips, you can steer clear of this rough road and even go on to avoid future razor burn.

Let’s take a look at some of the key factors of razor bumps and how to avoid them.

What Causes Razor Bumps?

Research attributes razor bumps to ingrown hairs. It can occur when the curly hair is trapped under your skin when growing back into the follicle then causing irritation and inflammation.

If you have sensitive skin, you may also be more prone to ingrown hairs than someone with normal skin. Other causes of razor bumps include:

  • Using an incorrect blade (such as a cartridge)
  • Shaving with an electric shaver or manual razor
  • Using a dull razor blade
  • Shaving in the same area multiple times in a row

How To Avoid Razor Bumps?

Razor bumps are a common and pesky problem, especially for those who shave frequently. But how do you avoid razor bumps?

It's simple; just follow these four steps: 

  • Moisturize the skin before and after shaving. This will help to lubricate the razor and reduce friction. This can be done by either using shaving cream or gel.
  • Use a sharp razor. A dull blade will cause more irritation. 
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth. This will help to prevent ingrown hairs. 
  • Rinse your razor after each stroke. This will remove any build-up of shaving cream or hair that could clog the blades and cause irritation.

  • How to Treat and Get Rid of Razor Bumps

    Razor bumps can be extremely painful and embarrassing. They can even lead to scarring and permanent skin discolouration. This is why it’s important to treat razor bumps early on before they get worse.

    So how do you treat razor bumps? Here are some steps to follow:

    According to Medical News Today, here are some smart tips that work:

    • Use a washcloth to soften the hairs on your face and let them slide out more easily.
    • Tweezers are useful for removing any stubborn hairs that spring up unexpectedly.
    • Using a soft beard brush will help brush out the trapped hair.
    • The use of skin scrubs also exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
    • If you have sensitive skin, go gently.
    • In the case of severe acne, a dermatologist may recommend using a salicylic or glycolic acid lotion to help with exfoliating.


    Prevention is always better than cure. Although there are generally many ways to treat razor bumps, you should still keep in mind and strive for preventive measures.

    Razor bumps can cover a large area of the face, neck, chest and even back. In other words, it can affect almost anyone and can be very embarrassing to deal with.

    It's not only uncomfortable to live with but razor bumps can also cause other skin conditions which if not treated well may leave you with scars and discolouration on your skin.

    However, the remedies in this article will help you achieve the clear skin you have always wanted so that you can be confident and enjoy life again.

    Take Our Survey:

    ← Older Post Newer Post →

    Leave a comment



    Beard Wash vs Shampoo

    By Udrea Russell

    Beard wash and shampoo are both used to clean the beard, but they are formulated differently to meet the specific needs of the beard. Shampoo...

    Read more

    These Things Are Causing The Bald Spots in Your Beard

    By Udrea Russell

    Bald spots in the beard can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal imbalances, and certain medical conditions. Here are a few...

    Read more