WHAT ARE RAZOR BUMPS?
What are Razor Bumps? They are small bumps on the skin which usually develop after shaving. After the face is shaved a hair strand grows then curls back and re-enters the skin. A strand may also fail to stick out from the skin and instead grow sideways.
People with coarse or curly hair are more prone to this condition.
WHAT CAUSES RAZOR BUMPS?
Razor Bumps and ingrown hairs occur when the hair follicle is clogged with dead skin and sebum. Infected hair follicles can also cause ingrown hair. I learned that almost every man suffers from this at one point or the other.
The pimple-like swelling is because your skin perceives this hair strand as an intruder. This is harmless and usually disappears after some time.
Although it is common for men to suffer from razor bumps or ingrown hair at some point in their life, observing the following can help alleviate its chances:-
- Use a clean, close cut shaver
- Wet your skin before shaving and use a shaving cream or gel
- Shaving in little strokes reduces the chances of the hair growing back and poking at the skin
- Shave in the same direction as the facial hair is growing
- Rinse off the blade after each stroke
- Wipe your face with a wet bath cloth. This takes care of any skin irritation
- Let the beard grow out.
Common Facial Hair Problems in Men and How to Deal with Them
I always wanted to have a beard…complete with well-shaped sideburns and moustache. I would sometime sneak up on my dad to watch him shaving and trimming his beard when I was younger. In my late teens I was beginning to wonder whether I was going to suffer from lack of facial hair for the rest of my life.
I was elated at the sign of a moustache – itchy as it was. I wanted to begin to shave it almost immediately. At last, I was going to have some manly rites to observe in the early mornings. I went ahead and bought my first set of razors, clippers, shaving cream and all. I had scoured the internet and checked on my dad’s supplies enough times to know all that I needed. Over the next few months, I couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror to see if the beard was grown enough for my first shave.
Dealing with Razor Bumps or Ingrown Facial Hair
The fact that I had pimple-like protrusions that were almost constantly itchy did not take away the excitement. ‘Usual acne,’ I thought to myself. I used shaving cream and razors the first time I shaved, which was my first undoing. These are meant for a very close shave and tend to irritate the skin. Within a few days, the protrusions had increased. I was becoming extremely embarrassed about the condition of my face. I found out that I could be suffering from razor bumps, otherwise known as an ingrown hair condition.
How to deal with thin facial hair and a patchy beard
I tried to apply recommended oils and groom my beard, it never really filled in. However, I still wanted to look masculine.
Patchy facial hair, besides being genetic, can be caused by weak blood flow to the chin. The transfer of fewer nutrients to this area causes thin facial hair and beard patches. Things that might help are:
- Using essential oils to stimulate the skin and promote the growth of a healthy beard
- Washing and grooming the beard every day
- Growing it out
How to deal with Dry Skin and Beard Itch
It can be quite irritating and painful to get dry skin or beard itch. Firstly, look at what products you are using on your face. Do they contain alcohol? This dries the skin out and can cause itchiness. Instead use products that are natural and more sensitive to your face. Clean your face morning and night with a gentle facial cleanser. Using scrubs too often will cause more problems so try to avoid these. After cleansing use a gentle, natural mositurizer and coat the face and neck. If you are growing a beard you can use an essential oil beard cream to help.