How Men Can Avoid Razor Bumps
Dermatologist Corey Hartman, M.D., says coarse, tightly coiled hair
of the beard region retracts into the skin when cut too closely.
"The hair continues growing, trying to re-exit the skin, but
often curves back and is recognized as a foreign body, setting off an
Repeated razor bumps episodes cause fibrosis, resulting in thickened, darkened bumps and scarring.
To decrease razor bumps:
- Dislodge problem hairs with a sterile pin, but don't dig deeply;
- Use razors with less than three blades;
- Never shave against the grain;
- Avoid alcohol-based aftershave;
- Finish the shave with a hot, moist towel, then a cold moist towel.