The technical term for this condition is pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) and the primary cause is shaving with a blade. Men with curly, coarse or even fine hair often experience razor burn or razor bumps after shaving because the hair curls back, punctures the skin and becomes ingrown. You could eliminate the problem by simply growing a beard or rarely shaving. But of course you many not want to do this and unfortunately, for many professional men this is not an option. Here are some tips to help you recover from razor burn:
- Prep your skin before shaving by using a face scrub to exfoliate and help lift the hairs from under your skin.
- Liberally wet your face and apply shaving cream. Wait 2-3 minutes before shaving. The use of a shaving cream that contains vitamins and Aloe Vera is preferable over brands which may contain skin irritants such as sodium laurel sulphate.
- Use a high quality razor and change the blade often. Dull blades are often the cause of skin irritations and shaving nicks.
- Shave in the direction the hair grows on your face.
- Do not pick at the bumps, as this tends to make them worse.
- If possible, take the weekend off from shaving to give the irritation time to improve