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Razor Bumps
What are razor bumps?
Why do I get razor bumps?
What do razor bumps look like?
How can I treat razor bumps?
Other quick tips on how to help prevent Razor Bumps
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What are razor bumps?


Razor bumps, scientifically known as Pseudofolliculitis barbae, is a common condition experienced by people with coarse or curly hair. It’s most noticeable in African-American men who shave and appears on the neck, chin and beard regions. Women can also experience razor bumps due to waxing, tweezing or shaving and can experience razor bumps in such regions as the bikini area, neck, legs and other areas.

Why do I get razor bumps?

The condition of razor bumps is caused by a curved follicle (hair) tip curving back and penetrating the skin. The curved hair grows in an arch rather than a straight line. Curving back towards the skin, the follicle pierces the dermal layer and becomes ingrown. The newly ingrown hair becomes trapped within the skin, creating inflammation. Your skin is designed to allow hair to grow out of it, but never made plans for that same hair to come back! Freshly shaven skin is especially prone to razor bumps because the hair has been cut at a sharp spear angle, priming it for re-entry. Waxing and tweezing also can create razor bumps as hair is plucked deeply below the skin, thus increasing the probability of the hair getting trapped as it attempts to grow back out of the skin.

What do razor bumps look like?

Bumps, scientifically referred to as ‘Perifollicular Papules’ occur on the skin as swollen, puss-filled, dark “bumps” along the shaved regions.  Some people only suffer a mild itching as others can suffer from a severe burning pain.  Some more serious cases of untreated razor bumps can even lead to keloidal scarring.

How can I treat razor bumps?

If an individual suffers from severe razor bumps, the best thing for them to do is to stop shaving! However, this is not always an available solution. Because of this, I developed the Dr. Earles Razor Bump Treatment. Killing the bacteria present on the skin, my Treatment relieves the pain of inflammation and sooths irritated skin. The Treatment is applied in daily, whether you shave that morning or not.

Other quick tips on how to help prevent Razor Bumps:

  • Before shaving: Wet your hair with warm water and apply a good shaving cream prior to shaving. Let the shaving cream sit for about a minute and a half as it will reduce friction and prevent irritation. This will soften the hair making it easier to cut evenly.
  • While shaving: Use a single-blade or an electric shaver instead of a double or triple blade razor.  Double and triple blades tend to shave too close to the skin, thus increasing the probably of razor bumps resulting.
  • Routinely replace your razor blade to prevent infection and to allow the blade to remain sharp.
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth.
  • Do not pull or stretch your skin while shaving; let is stay natural to prevent the likelihood of hair curving back into the skin

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