If you have curly or very thick hair and shave your face and or body, you can sometimes end up with razor bumps. This can make shaving and grooming a very uncomfortable experience. Razor bumps are hairs that have curled back into the skin as opposed to growing out of the hair follicle. Razor bumps are very painful, they can also become infected and require antibiotics or lancing for drainage. One away to avoid getting razor bumps is to let the hair grow. This might be an acceptable choice for men if they don’t mind growing a beard. Even if you grow a beard and you have curly or thick hair, you can still get hair bumps.
If you choose to continue removing your facial and or body hair you will have to take precautions in order to avoid getting razor bumps.The most important preventative to avoid getting razor bumps is patience while removing the hair. To prepare an area for any type of hair removal you should first use a toothbrush to the lift the hairs. This is very important. Just brush the problem area before hair removal. Then inspect the area, if you notice any raised follicles or ingrown hairs, you will have to tweeze those hairs. Tweezing ingrown hairs can be painful.
If you want to use a razor, shave in the same direction that the hair grows. Do not press hard. Do not stretch the skin. These two methods will allow the hairs to slip beneath the skin. Do not shave the area again until the hair grows out of the follicles. When it does, brush the area with a toothbrush to lift the hair in preparation for your next shave. A great alternative to using razors are small electric beard or hair trimmers. They will give you a smooth shave without cutting the hair below the surface of the skin. Never use a rotary razor, they will definitely give people with curly or thick hair razor bumps. Ladies, beard trimmers will also work great for legs, underarms and your private area. You might have to shave more frequently but it’s worth it to avoid hair bumps.