Everyone hates dealing with pesky razor bumps. They look unsightly, and they itch, but what can you do? First, let’s take a look at the causes of razor bumps, and then we can examine potential solutions!
Why Do You Get Razor Bumps?
Razor bumps are caused by shaving. When we are shaving our facial or body hair, it gets cut very short and sometimes curves back into the skin, causing ingrown hairs. These ingrown hairs are the source of razor bumps. Unwanted ingrown hairs can occur on any part of your body or face that you regularly shave, so you can get facial razor bumps and leg or armpit razor bumps.
Razor bumps are unpleasant and are often characterized by itchiness and redness of the affected area. However, it is not a serious medical condition and can be treated at home. There are a variety of at-home remedies for razor bumps, many of which are cost-effective and do not take up much time. But Body Details True Laser® Centers offers a permanent solution to razor bumps. Read on to find out more.
How to Prevent Razor Bumps
There are several strategies you can use to mitigate the occurrence of razor bumps.
1. Brush and Shave Your Hair in a Single Direction
Razor bumps form when your hairs curve back and get ingrown, so shaving in one direction is a simple way to have each hair’s relative positions synchronized to avoid them curling back into your body when shaved.
2. Use a Body or Facial Cleanser
Using a facial scrub or body cleaner will help remove dead skin cells from your body and potentially help prevent the hair from curling back into your skin.
3. Shave After Showering
The warmth and moisture of a shower can cause the hair all over your body to swell, making it far less likely that they will curve back into your skin. Showering with warm water before shaving can be particularly helpful.
4. Shave With a Sharp Razor
A dull blade can lead to razor bumps. A new or finely honed razor will ensure that each hair is cut cleanly and completely, decreasing the likelihood that hairs will curve back into your skin afterward, causing irritation. Always use a high-quality razor when shaving.
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps
There are a number of at-home remedies for razor bumps, so have no fear!
Moisturize The Area You Shaved
Moisturizing the affected area will help hydrate and soften the skin. This reduces the itching and inflammation from ingrown hairs/razor bumps. Good moisturizers to use often have aloe vera as an ingredient, as it is particularly helpful with razor bumps. You can also use plain aloe gel.
Apply a Cold Compress
After you shave, cool your skin with cool water or a wet washcloth. The cold water will soothe your skin and stop the itchiness and redness from razor bumps.
Apply Tea Tree Oil to the Affected Area
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory ingredients that will soothe your skin from the redness and pain of razor burn and it can also decrease the occurrence of razor bumps. Just spread some tea tree oil on the affected area and gently rub it in, and then allow the oil to soak in.
Why Laser Hair Removal (LHR) is a Better Option Over Shaving
There are a number of reasons that laser hair removal is better than shaving. First and foremost, laser hair removal is a permanent solution. When compared to shaving, which must be done regularly and indefinitely, it is much more convenient and cost-effective. With laser hair removal, the need for constant shaving of the treated area is gone.
Also, your time is valuable. Think of your typical morning routine. How much time do you spend shaving? With laser hair removal, consider that time saved in the timebank. You can use the time saved to be more productive or just to get more sleep in the mornings.
Finally, laser hair removal will leave your skin softer than before. Since there will be no stubble left over from hair that has been shaved, there will be no hair on your skin making it coarse and rough. You will have soft, smooth skin every time once you’re done with laser hair removal!
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal
If you’re considering permanent laser hair removal at Body Details True Laser® Centers, you’re bound to have questions about the process. Schedule a free, no obligations consultation to discuss your expectations and questions. In the meantime, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our laser hair removal process along with answers provided by our medical staff.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by a process called “selective photothermolysis,” more commonly referred to as laser hair removal. With LHR the operator directs the laser at the hair shafts. The light travels down the hair shaft and destroys the entire follicle at the root. After a period of time, the connected hair shaft falls out, and the follicle will not produce hair.
This is a permanent solution, eliminating hair that grows in the treated area. Most patients see full results after five to ten treatments. Once the treatments are complete, the area will be hair-free and no more razor bumps!
What Kind of Laser Does Body Details Use?
For laser hair removal, Body Details uses the GentleMax Pro True Laser, which combines a 1062 nm Nd:YAG laser with a 755 nm alexandrite laser. This ensures that we can use the laser on multiple skin and hair types safely and effectively. This is the most powerful medical laser in its class that’s been approved by the FDA.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Laser hair removal is a safe, FDA-approved process. There is the potential for mild side effects, such as burns or minor blisters, but they generally go away after a few days and can be prevented by strict adherence to the pre and post treatment instructions. This is usually no worse than a light sunburn.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Laser hair removal is a permanent solution. However, if you should experience minor hair growth in the treated area after pregnancy or due to a medical condition, Body Details’ the Devil’s in the Details™ policy allows free laser hair touchups for life under the written terms and conditions of the Free Lifetime Guarantee.
Laser Hair Removal in Florida
Body Details offers free consultations for all services. We have evening and weekend hours for your convenience. If you’re interested in permanent hair removal or one of our other signature treatments, there are over a dozen Body Details True Laser® Centers throughout Florida. Stop in for a free consultation at your convenience. Find a time and location that works for you by clicking the link!