Admittedly, shaving is the best hair removal method known to mankind. It is quick, convenient, painless, and helps remove dead skin along with hair in a single stroke of a razor. But sometimes, the aftermath of shaving can be a tad bit unpleasant. You can end up with ingrown hair and bumps if you don’t follow a proper shaving routine. Let’s skip to the good part now. These shaving troubles can easily be prevented and treated for a flawless, hairless skin of your dreams. Read on to find out how to get rid of razor bumps like a boss:
What Are Razor Bumps
Razor bumps or pseudofolliculitis, is a common skin condition that may occur as a result of shaving. It usually causes inflammation, bumps, and ingrown hair on the skin. It is characterised by clusters of small, red or dark bumps around hair follicles with the surrounding skin becoming red and inflamed.
What Causes Razor Bumps?
From your face to your legs and intimate area, razor bumps can develop on any part of your skin that’s subjected to hair removal. It occurs when the hair starts to grow back into the skin, rather than up and out. After shaving, waxing, or plucking the hair may curl them inwards. As the new skin cells grow over the hair, it becomes trapped and causes a bump to form. Additionally, factors such as dry skin, shaving against the direction of the hair growth, or shaving with a blunt/old razor can also lead to razor bumps.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps
Razor bumps are treatable and you can follow these home remedies to get rid of them quickly:
Sometimes, a homemade scrub is all you need to get rid of the dead skin cells that clog the pores and keep hair trapped inside. You can make a gentle scrub on your own by mixing a teaspoon of coffee or sugar with a tablespoon of milk or curd. The idea is to obtain a beady scrub to remove debris and free ingrown hair by physically sloughing off dead skin cells. However, do a patch test first on your leg because sometimes scrubs can irritate sensitive skin and cause inflammation and redness.
Tomatoes are rich in salicylic acid which is known for helping the skin to shed dead cells. You can grate or grind the tomatoes, extract the juice, and apply it on the affected area like a pack. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before you rinse it off with warm water. Pat your skin dry and apply a hydrating moisturiser. Do this once or twice a week for best results.
Gently brushing the skin with a soft bristle brush can help remove dead skin cells and debris that clog the pores and free the hair out of the pores. This technique can also help train the hair to grow in the same direction, preventing ingrown hair in the future. Remember not to go overboard with this and be gentle on your skin. Avoid doing this on your face or other areas where the skin is more sensitive.
Subjecting the area with razor bumps to heat through a warm washcloth, steam or a hot shower can help you a great deal. It can soften the skin and draw the ingrown hair out. You can also follow this up with gentle scrubbing or brushing for visible results.
Always use a clean, sharp razor and shave in the direction of the hair growth. Avoid dry shaving and make sure that your razor strokes are gentle. Make sure to apply a hydrating moisturiser post shaving your skin. Taking these steps will surely help prevent ingrowns and razor bumps.
Sirona Recommends Best Products To Prevent Razor Bumps
Sirona Aloe Boost Twin Blade Disposable Razor
This disposable razor is perfect for hair removal. You can discard it after each use to keep any skin infections and razor bumps at bay. It comes with stainless steel blades for a close shave and an aloe vera strip for that extra-smooth finish.
Sirona Aloe Boost 4 Blade Reusable Razor
This reusable Razor has four sharp stainless steel blades that give you a close shave effortlessly. Its moisturising aloe vera strip helps it glide smoothly on the skin, nourishes it simultaneously, and keeps razor bumps at bay. You can clean the razor thoroughly, pat it dry and store it after each use and continue doing so three-four times.
Sirona Blink & Glow Facial Razor
This single-blade razor makes facial hair removal at home an easy-breezy process. Its sharp, stainless steel blade glides through the sensitive areas of the face smoothly. Additionally, its ergonomic, anti-slip handle design keeps cuts and bumps at bay. All you need to do is to hold your skin taut, tilt the razor at a 45 degree angle, and stroke it gently. It’s superb for the tricky, smaller area above the lips, eyebrows, side burns, and chin.
Sirona Electric Facial Razor
Sirona’s Electric Facial Razor is a portable, battery-operated device that’s convenient and safe to use on the face. The pen-sized tool has a built-in light and an ergonomic design to help you remove facial hair without pain, redness, cuts, or bumps. You can count on it to remove your facial hair any time, anywhere.
Sirona Post Wax & Shave Gel
Sirona’s Post Wax & Shave Gel is the perfect product to soothe your sensitive skin post hair removal. Packed with the goodness of aloe-vera, the gel calms down redness and irritation, nourishes the skin, and keeps ingrowns and bumps at bay.
With these products in your kitty and these home remedies in mind, razor bumps will never keep you from enjoying a smooth, flawless shave.
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