Razor bumps are pesky, embarrassing and painful side effects from shaving. Even waxing can result in what we commonly refer to as “razor burn” – leading to ingrown hairs and potentially scarring or infected cysts.
To best eliminate these unfortunate skin ailments, consider the following shaving must-dos:
Shaving helps exfoliate dead cells from skin’s epidermis, but taking this step before you use your razor can help you achieve closer, smoother results. With a loofah or mild skin exfoliator, gently scrub the areas you plan to remove hair from and rinse with warm water. This provides your razor a clean slate to target the hairs directly instead of letting loose particles get in the way and clog your blades. Never exfoliate after shaving because the skin is highly sensitive and susceptible to irritation.
Create a Barrier
In order to help the razor gently glide over hairs, you must cover your skin with a gel or cream. Shaving gels and creams limit friction between your skin and the razor, while creating a cushion to avoid painful cuts around bumpy areas like the knees and ankles. Many high-end creams also provide moisturizing benefits even after you wash them off (with cool water).
To avoid dehydrating skin, avoid overly hot showers and opt for a comfortable warm temperature instead. After you dry off, apply an alcohol-free lotion or toner, such as all-natural witch hazel, to sooth pores – especially if your skin is prone to unsightly bumps and burns. Then, moisturize with aloe vera or a heavier cream, depending on your dryness needs.
These practices may help calm razor burns and minimize ingrown hairs, but there’s always a risk for these conditions when shaving, waxing or epilating. The no. 1 way to prevent razor bumps is by eliminating unwanted body hair via laser hair removal. Whether you’re looking to avoid razor burn, or simply want to free yourself from the confines of shaving daily, laser hair removal can keep skin baby smooth for years to come. Typically, patients see almost total removal after four to six treatments. Clinical studies show that 10 years later, 77 percent of the treated hairs were still absent.
Miami’s top dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso uses a state-of-the-art Ellipse Laser for all of his patients’ hair removal treatments. To schedule an appointment and discuss long-term hair removal, call us today at 305-857-0144.