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Many en suffer from razor bumps on their face and neck. It’s more common in African American men, in fact, 80% will experience razor bumps at some point in their lifetime. African American’s are more prone to razor bumps because they typically have wiry and curly racial hair which is more prone to coiling back under the skin after shaving. Razor bumps occur when the hairs on the face and neck curl back into the skin which then inflames and causes the bumps. There are ways to prevent it by following this skin care for men.

Before Shaving

Before you even start to shave, apply a moisturizing shave cream. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes before shaving to ensure that evenly coats all your hairs. This softens the hair and allows for cleaning shaving with less irritation.

The Right Razor and Technique

Having the right razor is crucial to a bump-free shave. Use a razor with only one blade, anymore than that sits the hairs to close which increases the hair’s chances of curling back into the skin. When shaving, shave in the direction of the hair and don’t stretch or pull the skin while shaving. Don’t go over the same area repeatedly, only shave each area once. After 4 to 5 shaves throw the razor away. Dull blades cause you to go over the same spot over and over which only causes more irritation.

Exfoliate

Now you may think exfoliating is only for women, but it helps men too, especially those that get razor bumps. Use a brush or washcloth and massage the face and neck to loosen dead skin and hairs. This helps to keep the hairs from curling and growing into skin.

Post-Shave Care

After shaving, applying a moisturizer or solution with witch hazel, aloe or tea tree to help shaved skin and assist the hairs to grow in straight. Don’t go more than 3 days without shaving, this reduces the amount of time the hair has to grow and coil into skin.

Banish the Razor Bumps

There are days when you want to do the quick 1 minute shave and be on your way. Avoid this to minimize facial bumps. Take your time and shave slowly to reduce nicks that can aggravate the skin and cause bumps. Get on a consistent shave schedule and take care when shaving. Taking care of your skin before, during and after shaving will eliminate razor bumps. Following simple skin care for men will give you a smooth, soft face.