Have you ever wondered what causes razor bumps? Razor burn can occur after shaving and typically appears as little red bumps that look like a rash. You may also find razor burn causes itchiness, skin sensitivity and a hot sensation around the area of your body that you have just shaved.
Whilst razor burn can be uncomfortable and look a little unsightly, the good news is that it is temporary and you can do something to prevent getting those pesky bumps. Keep on reading to find out what causes razor bumps, how to avoid them and how to quickly soothe an uncomfortable razor burn.
What Causes Razor Bumps?
Razor bumps are ingrown hairs and occur when the short freshly shaved hair curls back on itself and grows back into the skin around it. Your skin is then irritated and begins to feel uncomfortable. Likewise, when your skin is simply just irritated from shaving due to the products you’ve used, or you haven’t effectively prepped your skin for shaving, it can become inflamed and hot to touch.
How To Avoid Getting Razor Bumps
It goes without saying that everyone’s skin reacts differently and it may take some trial and error to discover what works for your skin type and its sensitivity level when it comes to avoiding razor burn. To help, we asked the brand experts from some of our favourite skincare brands to share their tips on how to beat razor bumps.
Step 1 Exfoliate Your Skin
“Before shaving, gently exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating your skin helps loosen the skin’s top layer while also decongesting pores which otherwise may become blocked. This will also remove dead skin cells from this skin for a smoother, closer, less irritating shave.” Jenna recommends using the KP Bump Eraser body scrub.
Jenna Haley, First Aid Beauty
“On days that you aren’t shaving, start preparing the skin for the next time by hydrating and smoothing. The smoother your skin is, the less chance of irritation next time around! The SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator Hyaluronic Acid Serum is an oil-free, dual-action hydrating and exfoliating serum that is formulated to provide resurfacing and replenishing benefits. This daily treatment helps promote the skin’s natural exfoliation process to visibly improve the appearance of surface lines and wrinkles while dramatically smoothing and softening surface texture.”
Charlotte Pitts, SkinCeuticals Education Manager.