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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 inflammatory reaction."

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.