Razor bumps are small bumps on the skin that appear after shaving. These bumps are often red and irritated. Also known as ingrown hairs, they grow straight through the epidermis and curl back into the skin as they grow. This condition will only occur after using a razor to remove the hair. Razor bumps are most commonly found on sensitive areas of the skin, such as the genitals, underarms, and face. Often, these skin irritations can lead to acne and scarring.
The only way to prevent razor bumps is to stop shaving. To reduce irritation and redness, a person could use a higher quality razor, better shaving cream, or exfoliate the area with a washcloth or scrub after shaving to encourage the hairs to reach the surface of the skin. This will only prevent bumps from occurring if the hair is exposed, however. Taking a pair of tweezers to the razor bump might seem like a good idea, especially if hairs can be seen beneath the skin, but this method often leads to further irritation, scabbing, and scarring.
Creams and powders can be used to soothe irritated skin, but the only way to prevent razor bumps from forming is to find an alternative hair removal method. Laser hair removal is the only method that has been proven to prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn and make skin look smooth and flawless.