Razor bumps are a common problem for both men and women. Though their medical name is “pseudofolliculitis barbae,” many refer to them as razor bumps as they typically occur after a patient shaves. These small bumps appear on the skin due to irritation, and they may be caused by hair curling back into the skin. It can also result in pimples and can scar the skin.
Patients who are experiencing razor bumps should stop shaving. This gives the skin time to heal and the hair time to grow out properly. The condition often improves when shaving is stopped altogether. Treating razor bumps is relatively simple. Between shaving, patients are encouraged to use over-the-counter topicals applied to the skin, such as antibiotics or hydrocortisone. This can relieve itching and keep the skin moisturized to aid in healing.
Razor bumps may be preventable through a number of methods. Proper shaving techniques can help. Patients should take a warm shower or apply a warm, damp cloth before shaving to soften the hair and open the pores. A shaving gel that is thick and creamy should be used, and shaving the same direction the hair grows is helpful. This should be done carefully with as few razor strokes as possible. Cold water should be applied to the area afterwards via rinsing or the application of a cold, wet towel for at least five minutes to soothe the area.
Patients who constantly struggle with razor bumps may want to consider the benefits of laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can permanently reduce or eliminate unwanted hair so patients can avoid shaving, depilatory creams, and waxing. This can eliminate the possibility of razor bumps and ingrown hairs, and provide long-term results. Laser hair removal is safe, effective, and eliminates the need for timely, expensive grooming. It is the ultimate way to eliminate razor bumps without the itching, soreness, and appearance.
If you are a patient in the Orlando area who is dealing with razor bumps, contact Dr. Grayman of Pure Skin Dermatology today to schedule a consultation appointment and learn more about the benefits laser hair removal can provide.