patients ask about razor bumps and what causes them.
razor bumps are a condition where the hair curls back or grows sideways into
the skin. The condition is seen primarily among people who have curly hair and
is prevalent among African-American men. It may or may not be accompanied by an
infection of the hair follicle. Anything that causes the hair to be broken off
short with a sharp tip can cause an ingrown hair. Razor bumps occur because of
several reasons. Shaving habits, razor blades, curly hairs. The one thing they
have in common is that the hair gets trapped under the skin, and can't grow
the leading cause, followed by waxing and even laser treatment.
Treatments that work
several products that claim to help treat ingrown hairs, but the reality is
Glycolic acid are the only active substances that can visibly improve razor
bumps. It is a
ingredient that exfoliates, moisturizes, clears pores and can help prevent
Use a post-shave product with glycolic acid so it remains on your skin the
Use only a
non-acnegenic shaving cream specially formulated for sensitive skin, with lots
agents (foam-based shaving creams can often dry and irritate your skin).
ItÕs important to avoid any product that contains alcohol, despite common belief.
Alcohol could seriously worsen ingrown hairs by drying out the skin and cause
pores to clog.
many over the counter products on the market. IÕve tried many of them myself
and have discussed many of them with patients. Of all IÕve tried over the past
12 years, the one I most recommend is Bump Down by Barc. ItÕs the only product
IÕm aware of that contains Glycolic acid and is free of skin irritating
ingredients such as alcohol, fragrance and soap. Bump Down also can prevents
razor bumps from occurring in the first place as many of my patients limit the
frequency with which they shave due to the pain and irritation that occurs when
their beard starts to grow back in.
razor bump treatment, itÕs important to use everyday for best results. Just because
the visibility of the bumps may disappear in a few days, doesnÕt mean they wonÕt reappear.
Add this this to your daily regimen and youÕll see noticeable improvement.