Dealing With In-Grown Hair and Razor Burn? These Products Will Help
Much like short shorts and itsy-bitsy bikinis, razor burn inevitably makes a summer appearance each and every year. What gives? Believe it or not, the cause of those dreaded red bumps is much more simple than you might think — it all comes down to shaving more often. “Ingrown hairs AKA razor bumps are created when a hair that is shaved just below the skin surface starts to regrow in a direction other than the pore or hair follicle opening,” explains founder of Miami Skin Institute, S. Manjula Jegasothy M.D. “And when trapped under the skin, an ingrown hair starts becoming inflamed, creating a red bump, which often resembles a pimple.” Before you go trying to pop these pimple-esque bumps, read on. Unlike zits, ingrown hairs don’t contain fluid and therefore can’t be popped — not that you should even if it were possible. That’s a big no-no in the world of healthy skincare.
While factors such as the way you shave (always go in the direction of the hair growth, not against) and how much you exfoliate and moisturize (do both often… well-hydrated hair is less likely to cause ingrowns) come into play, there are still plenty of products out there to help. Here are dermatologist-approved Brit + Co picks for the ones that do it best.
<span class="m_2010746426082703148MsoHyperlink"><span class="il">Oui</span> <span class="il">Shave</span> </span>Rose Gold Safety RazorAfter dealing with one too many razor burns, Oui Shave founder Karen Young invented this smart razor designed specifically for women. It has one stainless steel blade instead of a combo of dull and sharp blades, which increase the likelihood for razor burn.
5. Topical Prescription: “If your symptoms last for more than 2 to 3 weeks, you should see a board-certified dermatologist for prescription topical antibiotics such as Clindamycin, Mupirocin, Biafine or even oral antibiotics if necessary,” says Jegasothy. After all, by that point you could be cured and back on the beach already.