Facial hair bumps, also known as razor bumps, appear on your skin shortly after shaving and are caused by shaving in the opposite direction of the facial hair's growth and the hair being trapped in the skin. Unprepared skin is often susceptible to irritation, as facial hair may curl back into the skin and create a bump. In order to eliminate razor bumps it is necessary to have a strict shaving regimen and the right products that do not contain alcohol, as alcohol tightens your pores and increases the chance of facial hair bumps.
Avoid shaving your face until your hair has grown out, as shaving over a facial hair bump can cause it to bleed and become infected. Once your hair has grown out, apply a damp, warm towel to your face for five minutes to soften your facial hair.
Splash your face with warm water and apply a quarter-size amount of face wash into your hands. Rub the face wash over your face in a circular motion and rinse it off. Face wash removes dirt and bacteria from your face and reduces the possibility of bumps reappearing on your face. Pour two to three drops of pre-shave oil into your palms and massage it into your skin.
Apply the shaving cream to your face and gently shave your face in the direction the hair grows. To avoid razor burn, do not shave over the same area more than once, as you're removing a thin layer of skin each time.
Rinse any remaining shaving cream off of your face after shaving and massage a quarter-size amount of aftershave lotion into your skin to keep your pores open.
Dispense a dime-size amount of ingrown hair cream into your palms and massage the cream into your face.
- Mayo Clinic: Folliculitis - Lifestyle and Home Remedies
- "The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face"; Allan Peterkin; 2010