You may have your morning shaving routine down pat, but if you’re still getting razor bumps, you could be skipping a few important steps. “When trauma occurs to your skin, it reacts by becoming inflamed and bumpy,” explains dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara, MD. And certain bad shaving habits â€” for example, shaving dry or going against the way your hair grows â€” can lead to even more irritation.
So how do you make them go away? Here’s how:
How to Make Razor Bumps Disappear
If you already have them on your legs or elsewhere, Gohara recommends using a topical antibiotic or over-the-counter cortisone cream. And definitely avoid picking at them: Irritating your skin or potentially opening wounds will do nothing but make the problem worse â€” and make it more difficult to shave later on.
How to Avoid Them Altogether
You’ve heard it once and you’ll hear it again: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. According to Gohara, using an exfoliating wash while shaving will do the trick. Marta Camkiran, senior esthetician at New York City’s Haven Spa, also recommends always shaving in the direction of hair growth to avoid irritating the follicles.
The temperature of your shower can also affect your shave, so always use warm water to shave to ensure your follicles are open and the hairs are softer. Tool-wise, Gohara advises against using multiple-blade razors, as they can be much more traumatizing to the skin. Instead, stick with single- or double-blade razors.
But if you’re still getting them after taking all these precautions, Camkiran suggests seeking alternative methods, such as waxing or laser hair removal.