How to Prevent Razor Bumps

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Whether or not you're successful at preventing razor bumps has a lot to do with the products you use and when you shave. Also, using a dull razor tends to zap moisture from the skin and cuts hair blunt, both creating breeding grounds for the hair to grow back into the skin.

With a little help, you can expect less redness, irritation, and itchiness, plus fewer bumps and ingrown hairs.

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Use a Shaving Oil

This easy and quick step applied under your shaving cream or gel protects skin working as a barrier so the razor will glide easier instead of dragging, for a more comfortable shave. Made up of oils, it replenishes moisture lost from shaving and wards off irritation. Skin that is soft and pliable makes ingrown hair harder to break into.
Only a small amount is needed so it isn't necessarily expensive. To save money, you only need to use it where you struggle with the bump. Vegetable glycerin is also an inexpensive alternative. See more ways to cut money off shaving expenses.

02 of 07

Try a Shaving Brush

This isn't just for men, a lot of women are seeing the benefits. This tool actually helps lifts hair up, so you get a closer shave and the razor cuts hair more bluntly, instead of at an angle.

We want to avoid the sharp tips of angles, which makes hair piercing and growing into skin a lot easier. And here you thought a shaving brush was only to make you look hot.

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Use a Clarisonic to Apply Cream or Gel


 Made for cleansing, this tool also helps point hair up giving you a closer shave if you use it to apply your shaving cream or gel. Because of its powerful, yet gentle cleansing and exfoliation, many men report it wards off razor bumps and ingrown hair.

Use it to cleanse your entire face, and you'll probably see brighter, clearer skin while noticing less fine lines or wrinkles like most users. (I'm one, I love my Clarisonic.) You don't have to get the full-sized version, the Clarisonic Mia shown, is the smaller less-expensive model with the same great qualities.

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Pick the Right Shave Cream

Many shaving creams and gels are made inexpensively with ingredients that can dry out the skin like sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and alcohol. So read labels and stay clear, because dry skin makes a happy ground for bumps and ingrown hairs. Not to mention dull and dry skin.

The Art of Shaving makes the most wonderful shaving creams that leave skin extremely moisturized and actually work fighting off ingrown hairs. For women, I recommend their unscented.

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Get Help From MiN Solution2 Rollerball

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Applied just before shaving it deeply exfoliates allowing for a closer shave while helping hair to stand more upright, creating blunter ends, preventing hair from growing into ​​the skin. 

Solution2 also helps to prevent razor bumps with organic spearmint to clear congested skin, aspirin to exfoliate, and propolyene glycol to help fight infection.

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Use an Aftershave

Shaving in itself exfoliates the skin, so it needs to be nourished and protected afterwards to keep it looking soft and ward off redness and bumps. But many aftershave products for men are loaded with alcohol, which may help kill bacteria, but do nothing to moisturize.

Find an aftershave that has soothing both soothing and bacteria-fighting ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea, witch hazel and calendula.

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Get a Good Razor

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Never use a dull blade. Change them out frequently, rinse thoroughly after use, and stay away from disposable razors.

Some people find that using a razor with multiple blades aggravates their ingrown hair issues.The same goes for electric razors. But if you have tried other measures besides switching up your blade without great improvement, it might be just the trick that works for you.

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