There comes a time in every man’s life when they have to shave. For those of us who like shaving the old-fashioned way, straight razors are the go-to tool of choice especially for men who like a clean shave daily.
However, you may have noticed some red bumps appearing on your neck after every shave.
They may not be painful but nobody wants to walk around every day looking like they live a secret life as a UFC fighter; plus they itch like crazy!
If you are familiar with such razor bumps, you are not alone. Known medically as pseudofolliculitis barbae, the red bumps are common with many men especially those who shave frequently.
They may be caused by a number of reasons such as low-quality razors, poor shaving techniques, or lack of proper shaving supplies.
The following are 10 proven ways to help you handle the red bumps:
This is one of the easiest remedies that you can try at home. You will need a towel and some hot water.
The water should be extremely hot for best results but not too hot that it hurts you. Run the hot water over the towel and try to squeeze out as much of it as you can.
Apply the steaming hot towel on your area with the red bumps and give it a minute for the magic to happen. The towel not only has a soothing effect, it also helps open up the pores to free any ingrown hairs that may be causing the red bumps.
If you ask me, everyone should have an aloe vera plant somewhere in their backyard or at least a fresh piece of it in the fridge.
This magical plant has a hoard of medical and cosmetic applications, one of them being its ability to soothe irritated skin and provide a nice cooling effect.
Rubbing some aloe vera sap on the area with the red bumps helps relieve you of scratchiness which helps get rid of the redness.
No, it’s not for drinking while you shave! White tea is one of the tea types that not too many people pay much attention to. However, in addition to its great taste, you can also get some health benefits from white tea.
If you don’t have some white tea bags in your kitchen, you can easily get some in your local store.
To help get rid of red bumps, all you need to do is dip the white tea bag in some water and apply it to the area to relieve swelling and redness.
White tea contains tannic acid which is known to lessen inflammation.
Some lemon juice may be perfect to drink on a hot afternoon, but I bet you didn’t know it could also help you treat razor bumps.
This is how it works; since a lemon is acidic, it helps prevent bacteria from invading your ingrown hair follicles which calms the redness while relieving the affected area from any potential infections.
Just rub some lemon juice on the affected area and give it a minute to work.
Believe it or not, even men need to show their skin some love once in a while. You don’t need to get fancy. Grab a washcloth and some soap and scrub the area you are shaving.
A scrub does multiple things to help prevent razor bumps. It helps remove dead skin, thick oils, and dirt that may be sitting on the top layer of your skin.
If you fail to get rid of these things, some of your hairs may get trapped leading to red bumps from the ingrown hairs.
Pre-shave oil adds a lubricating layer over your skin during a shave. This helps the razor glide right across the skin reducing any signs of scratching and redness on the shaved area.
For best results, apply the oil then let it sit for about a minute before applying the shaving cream.
While you can replace the shaving cream entirely with the pre-shave oil, it all comes down to your preference. For men with sensitive skin, it’s best to use both products in combination.
The best time to shave is right after taking a hot shower. Since you’ve been surrounded by steam, your skin gets relaxed which softens your facial hair setting the stage for a smooth clean shave.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when shaving is going against the grain. This means shaving against the direction your hair is growing in.
I know it can be tempting to shave against the grain especially if you want to get all the hairs. However, it will do you more harm than good as it is a major contributor to getting razor bumps.
You need to take care of your shaving tools and supplies before, during, and after every shave. First, you need your own razor. Never share a razor.
Second, you need to always clean your razor with alcohol before and after every shave.
This helps kill any bacteria on the razor. Third, you need to rinse your razor after every pass. Remember each pass you make across the skin collects hairs, skin cells, and any bacteria on the skin.
Remember to always rinse your face with cold water after every shave. You want to get rid of any shaving cream, dirt, bacteria, or hair residues that may be on the skin.
More importantly, cold water helps close up your pores and tightens your skin preventing razor bumps.
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