Great Tips for Eliminating Ingrown Hairs and Razor Bumps -- ShavingHouse.com

Published: 07th March 2006
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Many people suffer from razor bumps and ingrown hairs that result from shaving. We at the ShavingHouse.com (www.shavinghouse.com) are committed to eliminating this problem for our customers. Since 1999, the ShavingHouse.com has been a premier supplier and distributor of quality ingrown hair and razor bump products throughout the world.

To aide in understanding this problem, we hope this fact finding article will shed some much needed light on the subject of ingrown hair and razor bump prevention.

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, the official name for Razor Bumps, is an inflammatory reaction surrounding ingrown hairs which result from shaving. This problem occurs more frequently in people who have curly hair.

Razor Bumps are created when the growing beard hairs exit the skin, curl over, and grow into the adjacent skin. This creates a foreign body reaction resulting in an unsightly bump. These "bumps" are very difficult to treat in one day and therefore make it real easy to aggravate the situation when you wake up the next day to shave.

Obviously, the problem can be dealt with by just allowing the hair to grow. As the hair grows longer, it will grow out of the follicular opening itself. This option is not always feasible especially professionals who need to keep groomed for their job.

Causes Of Razor Burn:

Razor burn is the general skin redness, abrasion and irritation that result from shaving. The nicks and cuts that are caused by shaving are also often referred to as "razor burn". One of the most common causes of razor burn is using too much pressure when shaving. This creates excess friction that leads to razor burn. Other common causes include lack of sufficient skin lubrication and shaving against the "grain" of hair growth. Using after-shaves and colognes can also

contribute to the problem by drying and irritating the freshly shaven skin.

What are Ingrown Hairs?

Ingrown hairs form when "sharpened" hairs curl back and re-enter the same hair follicle. They cause a "foreign body reaction" – meaning they are not "recognized" by the body – and are attacked, causing inflammation, itching, infection and other unpleasant Ingrown Hair Symptoms. The medical term for this condition is "pseudofolliculitis barbae" or in its abbreviated form – "PFB".

What are Razor Bumps?

Razor bumps are very similar to ingrown hairs and are also considered "pseudofolliculitis barbae". Small tender pimples, commonly known as razor bumps, can appear on the skin surface when closely cut hairs grow out and pierce back into the skin at a neighboring hair follicle. Again the "foreign body reaction" occurs causing the follicle to become irritated and inflamed. If left untreated, razor bump infections may result which may require a doctor's attention.

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Here are some GREAT tips from ShavingHouse.com to minimizing ingrown hairs and the unsightly razor bumps they leave.

1. Use an exfoliating scrub before shaving. This helps raise the hairs from under the skin and prevents them from growing back into the skin.
2. Do not pull the skin taut when shaving.
3. Always allow your skin to expand under hot water for at least 2 minutes before shaving. A good move is to shave at the end of your shower.
4. Always shave with downward strokes in the direction of beard growth.
5. Avoid repeating strokes. If you must, re-apply a Shaving Lubricating Agent (http://www.shavinghouse.com/shavinggels.htm).
6. Avoid disposable razors and change razors at the very least every five shaves. We recommend the use of Electric Shavers (http://www.shavinghouse.com/shavers.htm).
7. Shave every other day, if your employer or partner will allow you.

We offer several Skin Care Products(http://www.shavinghouse.com/skincaresolutions.htm) which will help in the fight against razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

Thank you for reading our article. Feel free to visit us on line at: www.shavinghouse.com for additional information and to request a FREE SAMPLE of our product selections, while supplies last!

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