What are razor bumps?
Razor bumps, also called pseudofolliculitis barbae, are small, irritated bumps on the skin. They develop after shaving, when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin. Razor bumps cause irritation and pimples. They also may cause scarring.
How are razor bumps treated?
The best way to treat razor bumps is to stop shaving. If you cannot stop shaving, use a clean needle to release the embedded hair shaft. This usually stops razor bumps from developing, depending on how bad they are.
But if shaving is restarted, razor bumps typically return.
Do shaving alternatives stop the development of razor bumps?
Razor bumps will typically go away if shaving is stopped. Hair removal products (depilatories) can be used instead of shaving. But these products can irritate the skin and should be used only once or twice a week.
Or you can prevent irritation from shaving by having beard hair removed permanently with laser treatments or electrolysis.
Can razor bumps be prevented?
Following these shaving instructions can help prevent razor bumps from forming:
Who is at risk for razor bumps?
Razor bumps are common among African Americans and people with tightly coiled hair.
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