Razor burn and razor bumps often get confused. A razor burn is a rash that appears directly after shaving as a result of skin irritation. Pseudofolliculitis barbae, commonly known as razor bumps, appears as inflammation surrounding the hair follicle.
Those can cause equal annoyance as a result of beard grooming. And they usually heal just as it’s time to shave again. Creating a continuous cycle of irritation, healing, irritation, healing, and back to irritation again.
Red bumps aren’t just repetitive, they can also cause permanent damage to the skin. Learn how can they be prevented and how to treat with our top 5 remedies.
Pseudofolliculitis barbae is the scientific name for razor bumps. It’s a common occurrence for men when shaving the beard area because beard hair is formed from androgenic hair.
This means that the hair growth is related to the testosterone hormone – therefore, the more testosterone, the more growth and thickness. As a result of this, you need to care for your beard hair differently to the rest of the hair on your body.
A razor burn is very irritating and can cause persistent discomfort. It’s caused when the surface of the skin becomes damaged during shaving. The damaged skin then burns as a result of the skin irritation. This includes tenderness, itchiness and the skin becomes hot to touch. A high price to pay for a few days of smooth skin.
The increase in blood flow to the shaved area is the body’s response to skin irritation. It’s tempting to itch it, but this will just cause the irritation to worsen and prolong the healing process.
As the hairs grow, they can get trapped and curl within the pore. This is known as ingrown hair which is concurrent with razor bumps. This is a very common occurrence for black men who have tight, curly beard hair. However, it can happen even when the hair is straight.
Ingrown hairs look like red, inflamed bumps on the surface of the skin where you recently shaved. In some cases, you may be able to see the hair growing inwards under the skin. If an infection has occurred you may also experience skin darkening and perhaps scarring.
They typically take a week to clear up on their own. But It depends on how far the hair has grown into the skin, and if an infection has occurred.
It can disappear overnight. However, razor bumps can last for 2-3 days while the hair grows further from the surface of the skin. After which irritation will be reduced. Prompt treatment as soon as the razor burn or razor bumps occur will quickly reduce the symptoms.
The best way to prevent razor burn is to stop shaving. But of course, this isn’t a fair solution. You shouldn’t have to restrict your grooming routine to that extent.
There are methods of reducing the chances of skin irritation during shaving, in order to prevent razor burn and subsequently razor bumps. But this isn’t always a solution, as it depends on the individual and the specific hair type.
Directly after shaving, try applying a soothing product. This will help to prevent inflammation and will work to nourish the skin and repair any damage. If you shave before bed and apply a soothing remedy afterwards, the razor burn will be soothed overnight.
The best remedies for razor burn include:
Aloe vera and coconut oil are known across the world for their soothing benefits and ability to heal burns. You can harvest aloe vera gel directly from the plant and apply a thin layer onto the shaved area. Coconut oil is renowned for its health benefits, alongside its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial (kills microorganisms). However, it shouldn’t be applied directly to the face. It should be diluted within a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil.
Witch hazel has tannin as one of its main elements. This causes tannin to be a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory. It can be applied directly to the razor burn to relieve pain and soothe the irritation.
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Razor burn is a painful and irritating occurrence that happens as a result of shaving. The surface of the skin becomes irritated causing blood to rush to the face, resulting in inflammation and a burning sensation.
It’s best to treat the skin directly after shaving to help prevent the burning sensation from occurring. The best remedies for this are Aloe Vera, Coconut oil, Almond Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel.
The soothing properties of these products are beneficial for the symptoms of razor burn as they work by cooling down the skin through a moisturising, anti-inflammatory layer.
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