What are some of the first things that people notice when striking up a conversation with someone they’ve just met? Is it the rash of acne that appeared out of nowhere before interviewing with the largest firm in the city? How about the scar on your chin from the high school hockey championship game? The condition of your skin can really make or break a first impression and any blemish on the face, including pseudofolliculitis barbae (or ‘razor bumps’) can play an important role.
Becoming familiar with common treatments for razor bumps can help lessen the time you have to suffer bumpy facial features. Consider the following:
a) Use Salicylic Acid:
Salicylic acid has a reputation for treating acne and can also help you if when you’re battling razor bumps on the bikini line. Products containing this ingredient will moisturize, exfoliate, and clear your pores, which will also fight against further irritation and inflammation.
b) Watch What You Eat:
Did you know that what you eat could affect your skin’s vulnerability to irritation? Some people can simply avoid common skin irritations by avoiding fatty and oily foods, cholesterol, and sodium – proven to make the face more susceptible to shaving damage.
After washing your face, apply an over-the-counter astringent to treat razor bumps. A popular brand is Phisoderm. You should also consider the many different after-shave products on the market that contain astringent properties.
d) Use Cortisone:
To increase the healing process, apply a product containing cortisone to your razor bumps. This ingredient will also promote skin relief from irritation.
e) Consider Using a Styptic Pencil or Powder:
There is no need to resort to a corner of toilet paper to stop the bleeding of irritated razor bumps. Simply bring home a styptic pencil or styptic powder, known to draw up the skin to seal wounds after application. This effective after-shaving product contains alum – a natural mineral known to cease bleeding and fight infection.
f) Don’t Pick at Bumps:
Approach razor bumps on the face in the same manner you would with any other blemish (like acne) – refrain from picking or squeezing infected bumps.
Sometimes, a case of razor bumps calls for a prescription treatment to lessen your chances of suffering the condition in the first place. Remove unwanted facial hair with Vaniqa – proven successful in eliminating hairs on the upper lip, cheeks, and chin.
h) Request Tetracycline:
Severe pseudofolliculitis barbae has been known to respond to tetracycline, which is also used to treat acne and fight bacterial infections. You will have to speak to your doctor for a prescription. When using tetracycline, keep in mind that it shouldn’t be taken with milk or yogurt; indigestion remedies; aluminum; iron; zinc; common antacids; and over-the-counter heartburn medicines. Keep in mind that the medication may also cause skin photosensitivity, which creates a weakness to sun exposure or intense light.
i) Doctor-Approved Medications:
To fight stubborn razor bumps, ask your doctor what prescription medications will best treat your symptoms. Some people have used doctor-approved antibiotic gels and oral antibiotics to clear up skin irritation associated with razor bumps.