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    How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps

    1.20 min read
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    Seasonal changes can take a toll on sensitive skin and aggravate shaving issues, like razor burn, razor bumps and ingrown hairs

     

    The most common skin irritations commonly arise from shaving too closely and using too much pressure on the face. This is the case with ingrown hairs and razor bumps, where the hair grows into (not out of) the skin. Redness and razor burn are brought on by friction from shaving too long or too hard.

     

    Medically known as ‘pseudofolliculitis barbae’, razor bumps can be an unsightly and irritating effect of shaving but there are ways to reduce the risk of developing them. Read on to find out what you can do to change your routine and learn how to shave without getting razor bumps.

    How to get rid of razor bumps and prevent them from returning

    1. Go for a clean shave, not a close shave
    Aim to achieve a clean-shaven look. By using a sharp, clean blade you can achieve a clean shave. Using a blunt razor can give you a close shave but not a clean one and can make you press harder on your skin. This can make the hairs so short that they grow back into or under the skin – which is one of the causes of razor burn. Try to shave every other day if your grooming needs allow.

     

    Remember: sharp blades will move over your skin easily, blunt ones will tug.

    2. Shave when and where it’s cooler

    Shaving in a hot bathroom or during the heat of the day can make razor burn worse. Try shaving in the evening to give irritable skin a chance to recover overnight. You can also pat down your skin with cool water after a shave to close the pores back up and soothe your skin. Water is your friend here. You can use warm (not hot) water before your shave to relax your skin and open the pores. This can also keep your skin clean before your shave which leads to less chance of infection or irritation. Then use cool water at the end of your shave.

     

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    What you need

    Shaver series 6000

    Wet and dry electric shaver

    S6650/48

    Shaver series 6000 Wet and dry electric shaver

    S6650/48

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    Suggested retail price: $299.00

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    Suggested retail price: $299.00

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    3. Apply moisturizer with SPF protection

    Sunburn is the last thing you need when you’re dealing with razor burn, razor bumps or ingrown hairs. Use moisturizer with SPF to protect against the sun. Moisturiser helps keep your skin soft and soothed which reduces your risk of irritation that can lead to razor bumps. You should always moisturize after shaving. Use a good, quality moisturiser that is gentle on skin and lets it breathe. You don’t want one that is too heavily scented or filled with a long list of chemicals. Using a gentle aftershave product doesn’t go astray either!

    4. Use a soft face brush
    To clean and exfoliate, try using a soft-bristled face brush to eliminate dead skin cells and clear follicles to allow hairs to surface unimpeded. It also prepares the skin for shaving and raises stubble to help prevent razor bumps. If you have ingrown hairs, it helps dislodge them. Try using the face brush every day to keep your skin clean and unclogged – this will help reduce your risk of getting razor bumps.

    Shaving is a hot bathroom or during the heat of the day can make razor burn worse. Try shaving in the evening to give irritable skin a chance to recover overnight.
    Bar chart with recommended SPF range to avoid skin irritation
    5. Dry shave with a rotary shaver
    Believe it or not, a dry shave is the kindest shaving method for sensitive skin. Foams & gels contain chemicals that can cause irritation. If you’re switching from a razor to a rotary shaver, use a wet & dry shaver and start by wet shaving without foam, before making the switch to fully dry. Make sure to keep the blades sharp and clean. Always clean the blades after every use and inspect them for any signs of dullness. A dull razor increases your risk of developing razor burn so using the right tools is important.

    How to use a rotary shaver to prevent razor burn, bumps & ingrown hairs
     

    • Be gentle. Don’t press hard on your skin.
    • Use small, fast circular motions even around the jawline and mouth.
    • Spend no longer than 3 minutes on each shave.
    • Shave every other day, if possible.

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