Dealing with shaving bumps

 Pseudofolliculitis Barbae... Also known as barber's itch, razor burn, shaving bumps etc.... Whatever you call it, it's an absolute pain to deal with and when left untreated can lead to a great deal of irritation! In this post, we're going to give you top tips on how to treat and most importantly PREVENT shaving bumps!

The three main body parts people struggle with when it comes to shaving bumps are the face, back of the neck and the bikini line/pubic area. The steps taken to prevent shaving bumps and skin irritation are largely similar no matter what area of the body you're shaving.

First things first...

Here at Genus we recommend shaving after you've had a bath or shower. We recommend this for two reasons. The first one is quite obvious- cleansing the area that is about to shaved gets rid of dirt and bacteria which will greatly reduce the chances of the skin getting infected and then irritated.

Also, exfoliating your skin prior to shaving will greatly reduce the chances of ingrown hairs which are one of the biggest reasons for skin irritation and shaving bumps. It goes without saying to make sure that the razor, electric shaver or clipper you're using is also clean!

The second reason for shaving after a shower or a bath is so that your pores are open allowing for a smoother shave and greatly reducing the risk of ingrown hairs!

Keep it sharp!

If you are shaving with a razor, make sure that the razor is sharp! Here at Genus we recommend using a blade between 2-3 times before throwing it out. A blunt blade will tug at the hair you're trying to shave, instead of cutting straight through. This will lead to the skin becoming irritated and increase the likelihood of a rash or shaving bumps. So keep those blades fresh! 

Lather and oil up!

When shaving your face, lather up with a generous amount of shaving cream. This will provide a barrier of protection between your skin and the blade which will reduce the likelihood of skin irritation. Here at Genus, we recommend using a gentle shaving cream that is fragrance-free as it will be kinder to your skin and reduce the chances of inflammation!

Shave in the direction of growth!

Whatever body part that you are shaving, try to shave in the direction that the hair is growing. You may have heard shaving against the grain will allow for a closer shave. However, this will also greatly increase your chances of irritating your skin and giving yourself razor  bumps! So keep it simple and shave with the direction of growth!

Moisturise, moisturise moisturise!

It is imperative that you moisturise after shaving! Here at Genus, we recommend that you use a moisturiser that is fragrance free in order to avoid skin irritation. For example, after shaving your face, steer clear of after shave balms! They may smell incredible, but all that perfume is highly likely to get the freshly shaved area fired up- ESPECIALLY if you have sensitive skin. We recommend something gentle on your face like tea tree oil.

There's a lot of talk on using products such as baby oil and coconut oil on your bikini line/pubic area after shaving. Whist this might work for some, we would caution against oils as they can block your pores and can lead to inflammation and rashes! Instead, we recommend a moisturiser that is fragrance AND oil free!

Already got shaving bumps and/or shaving rash? Well not to to worry! Here's how to get your skin back into tip-top condition!

The last thing you should be doing is shaving across the irritated area. Shaving across ingrown hairs and/or shaving bumps will only make things worse! This also means no waxing or plucking!

Applying aloe vera gel or tea tree oil will help soothe the affected area suffering from shaving rash and/or bumps. Make sure that you only use an aloe vera gel with no artificial colours or fragrances! Also, be mindful when using pure or concentrated tea tree oil- make sure you dilute it with a little water before applying it to the afflicted area. 

Exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation

Yep, exfoliation again. Good for prevention of of shaving bumps and also good for the treatment of shaving bumps! Exfoliating will help get rid of dead skin cells and bacteria that has formed around the pores and bumps helping to combat in-grown hairs.

Get some acid! 

Products that contain salicylic or glycolic acid can be very effective in dealing with shaving bumps and/or shaving rash. Applied twice a day, they work wonders in eliminating ingrown hairs and soothing the irritated skin area. A product we recommend here at Genus is the Jack Black Bump Fix Razor & Ingrown Hair Solution. This product is fast acting and works a treat on bumps and shaving irritation.

Doctors and dermatologists

If all else fails when treating your shaving bumps or shaving rash, do not hesitate to contact your doctor or a certified dermatologist. We also recommend this course of action if you are repeatedly having your shaving bumps and shaving rash return.

Good luck!