Say good-bye to razor bumps by learning a few tricks.

What Can Help With Razor Bumps?

by Pamela Simmons

Razor bumps are a stumbling block on the quest to hairless skin. They're unsightly and annoying, and they completely mar your perfect shave. If razor bumps are plaguing you, don't get discouraged. There are a few ways to deal with razor bumps that will leave your skin hair-free, smooth and gorgeous.

1. Exfoliants

Glycolic and salicylic acids can both be used to banish razor bumps. These products gently exfoliate the skin and produce results in about a week if used twice daily. Gentle exfoliants also do the trick. Exfoliating pulls the hair out from under your skin, which in turn, removes bumps. If your razor bumps are severe, contact a doctor for prescribed retinoids. Like salicylic acid, retinoids also work to exfoliate the skin. Added bonus – retinoids combat hyperpigmentation, which can be a result of razor bump scarring.

2. Corticosteroid and Antibiotic Ointments

Apply these ointments directly after shaving to prevent razor bumps before they start. Corticosteroid and antibiotic ointments also work to eliminate razor bumps that have already formed. Corticosteroid ointments treat inflammation, reducing the size of razor bumps, while antibiotic ointments work to prevent infection.

3. Visit Your Doctor

Razor bumps are caused by tiny ingrown hairs that don't break through the surface of the skin. Your dermatologist can create small incisions on the surface of your razor bumps which will free the hair and deflate the razor bump altogether. If you have a big event or plans for a beach trip, spending a little extra cash on a dermatologist may be worth your while. Visit the doctor if your bump feels painful or grows larger.

4. Prevention

Avoid razor bumps by not pressing down on the razor. Instead, opt for depilatories which will remove hair without causing pesky bumps. Depilatories can only be used once per week. Permanent hair removal by electrolysis or laser is also an option. It takes a number of sessions to see full results, but once these sessions are complete you'll be left permanently hair-free. These processes are typically done in a doctor's office, though there are a few at-home treatments available as well. If you decide to shave, treat your skin with care. Apply hot water to your skin first. Follow with an anti-bacterial soap. Using shave gel, glide the razor in the direction your hair grows, and rinse with cold water. Don't keep your razor around too long -- the duller the blade, the more likely you are to get razor bumps.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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