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Razor Bumps, Solutions and Prevention

July 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 191

Although razor bumps are seen in all races and both genders, they are more commonly seen in men of color. This is a common condition of the beard and nape area of the neck occurring in approximately 80% of African American men and other people with curly hair.

Also, when curly hairs grows back and curls into the skin, it causes inflammation, and a reaction resulting in razor bumps is experienced. When shaving, the ends of the hair become sharp like a spear and they then curve back into the skin causing ingrown hairs, as shown above.

Because African American men ordinarily have curlier hair than white men, their hair has the propensity to react this way as opposed to white men whose hair grows straight away from their face.

The same is true for African American women who shave their bikini lines. We often experience the same problem at times because unlike white women, our hair has a tendency to grow back inward toward our skin also. Like white men, white women's hair has a tendency to grow straight rather than curved therefore growing away from their skin.

It is for this reason, it has been established, that ingrown hairs are the leading cause of razor bumps for ethnic people with curlier hair. Often times, men of color stretch their skin when shaving and when they do this, they permit the newly cut hair to retract in the epidermis. When this happens, inflammation, razor bumps, and even skin infection can develop.

Some shaving tips you can employ in your battle against ingrown hairs:

  • Avoid shaving with double edged razors as they cut too close to the skin. Use single edged razors or electric shavers as they don't cut as close.
  • Always leave approximately 1 mm of hair after shaving, never give yourself too close of a shave. If you do, your skin will be smooth for a short time and when your hair starts to grow back, you will experience the development of razor bumps.
  • When shaving, do not go over an area more than twice. You will again start the irritation process within your skin and you will also begin to cut too close.
  • Do not stretch the skin when shaving.
  • If this doesn't pose a problem in your profession, allow the beard to grow out fully for maybe 2-4 weeks so the hairs won't grow back into the skin.
  • To keep the beard neat looking, simply trim and shape it with special grooming shears.
  • You are beginning the healing of your razor bumps by fully growing your beard out before beginning to shave again.
  • If you are prone to razor bumps, do not shave every day. Give your skin a rest for 2-3 days in between shaves.
  • Never shave against the grain, on the contrary, always shave in the direction of your hair growth.
  • Prior to shaving, use a gentle, natural, exfoliating scrub to more effectively lift the whiskers while softening the beard with moisture at the same time to both stand the hairs up from the skin, and make the hair more pliable during the shave.
  • Also, for the sake of convenience, prior to shaving once your beard has grown out, trim the beard with scissors to make it easier for you to shave the hair.

Following the above tips along with the herbal recipes you'll get on our site, will effectively prevent and/or address your existing ingrown hairs. provides online skin care tips, advice, information and easy to make organic and natural skin care recipes, as solutions to address the unique needs of ethnic skin. My name is Tara Logan-Hearn and I am the researcher, writer and herbalist behind For more information and solutions to meet your skin's unique needs visit us at

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