Sorting Out Shaving Bumps
Anyone who has shaved for a while has experienced these angry-red, painful little bumps. They look awful and they do have an ‘ouch-factor’. Unless you shaved dry (shame on you!), you might not know why you get them. The truth is, there are as many ways to get rid of these bumps as there are causes to the annoying little eye-sores. If you are not sure what causes your shaving bumps, try a remedy or two until you find one that works for you!
What causes shaving bumps and how can I remedy them?
- Some of these bumps are caused by shaving over closed pores, so be sure to shave only after soaking in very warm water, which opens pores. This will also prevent you from having goose bumps, which can produce a red rash if you shave over them.
- Other bumps are caused by bits of skin that get run over by the razor. Be sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving by rubbing with a loofah or washcloth. This will give your skin a smoothness that will allow the razor to glide right over your skin – creating no bumps.
- Sometimes, ingrown hairs (caused by shaving) cause an inflammation that results in red bumps. This is most likely in areas where your hair is coarser or curly (such as the bikini line and upper thighs). Ingrown hairs are often caused by shaving below the surface of the skin. To prevent these red bumps, consider switching to a single blade razor on areas where these bumps crop up, and shave with the direction of hair growth in these areas. Exfoliate your skin before shaving and in between shavings (once a day). Run over affected areas with toner or with aftershave (but do not use these products near the bikini line) to disinfect the skin after shaving. Avoid putting lotion on right after you shave (when you could clog pores). Instead, wait an hour or two and then apply a very light, scent-free lotion to combat dryness and to soothe the bumps.
- Many of these red bumps are caused by irritation. Shaving slowly and using plenty of shaving foam can help offset the problem.
- There are many products on the market that claim to eliminate these bumps. Some are little more than astringents. Try these products only if someone you trust recommends them.
Shall I avoid shaving any area that has shaving bumps?
Yes. Trying to get rid of hair while your skin is irritated will just irritate the skin more. You could even get a nasty infection, so just let the hair grow a bit. If the little red bumps become really bothersome, consider talking to a dermatologist, who may recommend a product.
What if the bumps still won’t go away?
If you get these bumps no matter how scrupulously you follow the proper shaving technique, consider switching to another method of hair removal.