Few days after shaving or getting that nice haircut, you wake up to notice these annoying rashes on or around your shaved skin area.
Some popular local names for aftershave bumps in Nigeria include:
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What are aftershave bumps
Aftershave bumps are also called Pseudofolliculitis barbae or razor bumps, and they develop when old or dead skin cells block your hair pores and prevent new hair from growing out.
So instead of out of your skin, your new hair grows inward and creates an irritation effect in the form of bumps that can be painful to have or even look at.
Signs of aftershave bumps
Red, dark, or white bumps
It may contain pus
Causes of aftershave bumps
Not shaving in the same direction that your hair grows
Pulling on your skin while shaving
Shaving too hard
Shaving with a dull blade or shaving stick
Where aftershave bumps appear
Confirmed treatments for aftershave bumps
Although aftershave bumps are of no serious health risks, they can hurt your appearance and make you look less presentable.
Some men make the mistake of pinching, squeezing, or scratching their aftershave bumps to clear the skin area, but these only increases the irritation, exposes your skin to external infections, and leave obvious scars.
There are medically confirmed treatments available in Nigeria that removes these razor bumps and help your skin heal faster without exposing your inside to infections.
Many skin care scrubs can remove the debris of dead or old skin cell, unclog your hair pores, and free the trapped hair to clear your razor bump.
Facial scrubs can contain sugar, salt, or tiny crystals which gives it the rough texture that may be sensitive to some skins. So if your skin is sensitive, use scrubs with caution.
Since aftershave bumps happen when dead or old skin cells block the passage for new hairs to grow out, glycolic acid helps to get these blockages out of the way and clear your razor bumps for good.
Glycolic acid simply works by speeding up the natural shedding process of your skin, therefore, freeing the trapped hair(s), clearing off your aftershave bumps to give your skin a smoother appearance.
Salicylic acid is another powerful treatment option that also works like glycolic acid to improve the appearance of your razor bumps. It removes dead and old skin layers to allow the ingrown hair to make its way out of the pore.
According to the American Association of Dermatology (AAD), salicylic acid is also effective for treating acne because it can penetrate the oil glands in your skin to remove blockages and fight inflammation.
Some beauty products contain this essential component and are available in local stores or online.
If the trapped hair is visible, you can use a sterilized pointy object to pull out the hair from under your skin in front of a mirror.
However, if the hair is not visible, manually pulling it out can cause more irritation or even infect you.
Last updated: December 2019
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