Not Sold on Laser Hair Removal? How to Avoid Razor Bumps When Shaving

LegsIf you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should get laser hair removal done, but you suffer from the annoyance of chronic razor bumps, then it might be time to take matters into your own hands and try a few remedies to calm your razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Read on to learn more.

Exfoliate

One of the easiest ways for you to receive an ingrown hair and get razor bumps while shaving is if your skin isn’t exfoliated. Before you shave your face, legs, or bikini area, try exfoliating with an all-natural scrub. The scrub will not only help to rid your body of any dead skin, but it will also help to get rid of any trapped hair follicles that could potentially lead to a nasty dose of discomfort.

Use a Moisturizing Shave Cream

If you’re accustomed to using just basic bar soap to shave with, you might want to consider changing your habits and opting for a moisturizing shave cream. Unlike soaps, shave creams are designed to protect the skin from any damaging effects of a razor. And a moisturizing shave cream will add an additional protective layer to help ensure your skin stays hydrated.

Use a Clean Razor

Another leading culprit to razor bumps and ingrown hairs? Old razors. When was the last time you changed your razor? If you can’t remember, make sure to replace your razor as soon as your get home. Not only can old razors trap and harvest bacteria, but their sharpness can wear down and actually cause damage to your skin. Depending on how often you shave, you should switch your razor out every 4-6 weeks.

Avoid Alcohol-Based Products

Although it might seem like a good idea at the time, putting alcohol based products on your razor burn or ingrown hairs will only irritate your skin further— essentially you’re just adding fuel to the fire. Make sure to read all skin product labels before applying them to your razor burned skin.

To learn more about how you can treat your razor burns or to schedule an appointment for laser hair removal, contact our office today!

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