One thing that can be very difficult about maintaining a good beard or a completely clean-shaven look is razor bumps. If you shave your beard, you have probably experienced razor bumps before. But what are razor bumps? How do they occur? And, what can be done to prevent razor bumps?
What causes razor bumps?
Before we take a look at some of the ways you can prevent razor bumps, it is first important to understand how they are caused. Razor bumps are called Pseudofollicultis Barbae. They can happen to any area where the hair is removed through shaving, tweezing, or waxing. These pustules and bumps can be painful and they happen when the hairs curl back into the skin, i.e. an ingrown hair, which your body perceives as a foreign article, much like a splinter, and this is how an inflammatory response happens.
Why are razor bumps more prevalent in black men?
Men of all ethnicities can experience razor bumps after they have shaved. However, it seems that black men seem to get them more when compared to others. Statistics show that up to 80 percent of males who suffer from razor bumps are black. Since black men’s hair tends to be more coarse and curly, it is also more likely to curl back into the skin. As a consequence, black men need to be extra careful when they are shaving in order to stop ingrown hairs developing.
What steps can you take to prevent razor bumps?
There are a number of different steps that can be taken in order to prevent razor bumps. Firstly, you need to concern yourself with the products that you use. Aside from this, you should shave with short and light strokes and in the direction that your hair grows. You should also make sure you avoid the temptation to pull your skin tightly while you are shaving. You should also exfoliate your skin on a regular basis so that dead skin cells are removed. You also need to apply a lubricant before you shave, for example, shaving cream or soap.
Why are natural products better for preventing razor bumps?
When it comes to any sort of product you are going to put on your skin, natural is the way to go. This is especially the case when it comes to products for the prevention of razor bumps. This is because these products do not contain chemicals, which can be harmful and cause irritation to the skin, which is only going to make razor bumps worse. The worst things you can do to a razor bump is irritate it with artificial products.