If you are male and you shave your face – you might find that you experience a bumpy rash after trimming your beard. Shaving bumps can be common in men & we see this rashy reaction a lot at Skintherapy Skincare and Acne Clinic of Utah. If you suffer from Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, shaving bumps or acne on a regular basis – we can help you! Give us a call and schedule an appointment to talk with a trained acne specialist about the best methods to keep your skin clear at all times.
Pseudofolliculitis Barbae is caused by inflammation in the hair follicles. Specifically, shaving bumps happen when hair gets trapped in the follicle. While working with you on treating your breakouts we would suggest some of the following habits.
1. Never use electric razors: All brands and all models tend to be ultra-irritating no matter how strongly they are advertised to be “gentle” or “made for the neck.” Instead use a single blade razor.
2. Always prep with warm water: If you prepare your face (or any area you’re shaving) with warm water, your skin will become more manageable due to hydration. The heat will also soften the hair, making the shaving process easier in the first place.
3. Use the right products: The right shaving cream will help immensely to ensure that your razor will glide over your skin safely. It is also important to use safe, non pore-clogging face washes to keep your entire face clean before and after you shave. As specialists, we can suggest the best shaving creams as well as provide you with the correct face washes to reduce the potential for irritation.
4. Go with the grain: You’re more likely to get bumps if you tend to shave close. Try to get into the habit of shaving with the grain – this usually means shaving down rather than up.
5. Use a toner: Toners are post-cleansing products that are designed to get rid of any extra cleanser or dead skin cells that may linger after you wash your face. Our Skintherapy Acne Clinic tonersare great to use as after-shaves. We also have moisturizers, mandellic serums and other products formulated with benzoyl peroxide-which can start killing acne-causing bacteria before it gets into your open follicles.
6. Use Ice: Always ice your face after you shave. Icing is a huge help with inflammation and redness. Ice the area you previously shaved for about 2 minutes.
To learn more about clearing your skin and treating your shaving bumps visit us at Skintherapy Skincare and Acne Clinic in Utah.