Health & Fitness
8 Great Shaving Tips For Black Men
These razor bumps appear when beard hairs, most likely around the neck area, curl as they grow and burrow into the skin adjacent to the hair follicle. Shaving sharpens the hair ends, making it easier for them to penetrate the skin.
Razor bumps itch, burn, can cause scarring, and make shaving virtually impossible. Many Black men have resorted to depilatory creams which seem to work significantly better than blades. However, some depilatories, if not used correctly, may irritate the skin.
Cortisone-based creams have also been available for some time, but many cannot be used long-term due to blood stream absorption and other side effects.
How Ingrown Hairs Start
Both men and women suffer from ingrown hairs. But men tend to suffer the most because of the coarseness, or thickness of the hair follicles on the face and neck. Ingrown hairs form after the hair has been cut or otherwise removed below the skin surface. As the hairs grow, they curl over within the follicle and fail to exit to the surface. The result is an unsightly, "bump" on the skin.
Some razor bumps also form when a growing hair exits the follicle and bends back towards the skin surface. When these sharp, shaved edges of coarse hair touch the skin surface, they burrow back into the skin causing puffy, pimple-like bumps to appear.
Fighting Ingrown Hairs
Many men have found that the only way to remove these irritating bumps is by tweezing their faces. While this isn't very comfortable, most Black men haven't discovered a better solution.
Below are 8 shaving tips that may help ease some of the pain and more importantly, save your face:
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