The question we often get is ‘Can Razor Bumps or Ingrown Hairs be avoided?’
To get straight to the point, yes, razor bumps can be prevented. The problem of razor bumps or ingrown hair is one faced by many, if not all black men who shave. It occurs when the hair curls back on itself and essentially grows back into the skin. The consequence is an inflammatory response that causes bumps, pus and in some cases discolouration.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk of developing painful and itchy razor bumps.
Things to do before, during and directly after shaving:
- Exfoliate before hand to get rid of dead skin cells and product build up etc.
- Avoid shaving too closely to the skin. You can look clean shaven without necessarily feeling “silky smooth”. About a millimetre in length is enough to look clean and professional while avoiding razor bumps.
- If you choose to use a razor, try to make sure its a single blade razor as this helps reduce the chances of you shaving too close to the skin
- Do not go over the same area of skin repeatedly and do not stretch or pull your skin while shaving
- Shave with the grain and not against it. Cutting your hair this way changes the way it grows back, potentially leading to razor bumps
- When you do shave, do so while the hair is still wet and use a moisturising shaving cream or gel. Soft and hydrated hair allows for the razor to cut cleanly and with less force.
- If you can, avoid shaving daily. Try instead to shave every 3 days or if you hair does not grow as fast. every 4 days
- Always ake sure you moisturise after
Of course, with all the measures you may take to avoid getting ingrown hair, there may be the odd occasion that it still happen. The most important thing to do is to make sure you are following a good skincare routine on a consistent basis.