How to treat Shaving bumps in Nigeria
A good, clean shave leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft at first — but then come to some annoying little buggers known as shaving bumps. These bumps are more than just an annoyance. Let’s talk about how to treat shaving bumps in Nigeria
Medically it is called pseudofolliculitis barbae. (anytime you see pseudo in front of a word, that means it is an imitation. Not a real one.
So pseudofolliculitis barbae is not a true folliculitis (folliculitis refers to inflammation of the hair follicle) Pseudofolliculitis barbae occurs because of a combination of genetic factors and shaving practices used. Occurs more often in black men. Also occurs in women too.
Other Names for Shaving Bumps Include:
- pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB)
- pseudofolliculitis pubis (specifically when the bumps occur in the pubic area)
- barber’s itch
- Ingrown hairs
- Razor rashes
- Razor Bumps
- Razor Burn
What Are the Causes and Risks of Shaving Bumps
Because of the curly nature of hair in blacks, it tends to grow back inwards at times to irritate the follicles, This manifests in form of these shaving bumps. That is why one of the ways to treat shaving bumps in Nigeria is by giving a way for the hair to grow out. There may also be a superimposed infection by that organism called Staph (that you people like to blame all the time)
When this occurs…the pseudofolliculitis is now transformed into a real one called folliculitis barbae. Shaving bumps occur more often in the beard area in men, it also occurs in most hair-bearing areas like armpits or groin that is frequently shaved.
There are some people (because of genetic factors) who are a bit more likely to have shaving bumps. If you’re one of those (like me) and you then have bad shaving practices, you keep getting more bumps and it becomes a chronic cycle.
While the primary symptom is raised, bumps that are most times red bumps, others may include:
- darkening of the skin
- small papules (solid, rounded bumps)
- pustules (pus-filled, blister-like lesions)
Razor bumps can occur anywhere that’s been shaved. Waxing, plucking, and removal by chemical depilatory may cause the condition in some cases, too. They’re most likely to occur in the following areas when shaved with a razor
- face (particularly the chin, neck, and lower cheeks)
Myths about Shaving Bumps in Nigeria
- It only occurs in ‘dirty’ people. Very wrong. It can occur in anyone especially if you’re predisposed
- It only occurs in the beard area. Wrong again as I’ve mentioned earlier
How to treat shaving bumps in Nigeria
1. Get Zeezah Soap: Zeezah soap is a herbal soap made for eliminating Shaving bumps, it also comes with a skin scrub that scrubs dead skin cells off your skin, These dead cells are one of the reasons for ingrown hairs by blocking the hair pores, by scrubbing them off, it allows the ingrown hair to make its way out of the pore. You can Order for Zeezah soap here
2) Reduce the frequency of time between shaving if you can. Especially for the men (some shave every day; make it once in two weeks if the bumps are so much but if not, you can reduce it to once in three days)
3) Shave ALONG the line of hair growth not against it
4) Use an electric razor or shaving cream.
5) If you must use a shaving stick…make sure it’s a new blade each time. The blunter the blade, the more the likelihood of trauma and thus irritation of the follicle.
6) There’s a reason why manufacturers put time on shaving cream; stop keeping the cream on for too long
It’s not a relaxer, is it? And even with relaxers…you have to wash it off at a certain time innit?
7) Wash the area shaved with a mild shampoo for about three days after. And moisturize as much as possible. (We’re back to this moisturising again😊)
8) And please when the itching starts, try not to scratch it. Pat it. Apply a moisturizer. Do anything but scratch. Once you start scratching, you’re a goner. It will be just be ‘sweeting you’ lol and the bumps therefore multiply.
9) Try to keep your hair a little if you can.
10) And if you have money…^^^^, Do the LASER hair reduction.
While prevention is the best method to address razor bumps, the following natural remedies may help soothe affected areas:
Aloe vera has an antibacterial, soothing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory effect. It helps to quickly stop itchiness, inflammation, and redness caused by razor bumps.
Remove the aloe gel from inside the plant leaves and apply it to the affected areas. Let it dry and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Repeat a few times a day.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. It opens up the pores, loosens the ingrown hair, and soothes the redness and inflammation of the razor bumps.
Mix 10–15 drops of tea tree oil into a bowl of warm water. Soak a washcloth in the bowl and apply the cloth over the affected area for 30 minutes. Repeat a few times a day, as needed.
Gently exfoliate the affected area to clear away dead skin cells that may be clogging up the pores. You can use a mild store-bought exfoliator or you can mix sugar and olive oil together to form a do-it-yourself paste.
Rub the exfoliator or paste over the affected area in a circular motion for five minutes. Rinse off with warm water. You can get an exfoliating scrub here
The good news is that there are things you can do to stop the bumps from occurring in many cases. Prevention techniques include the following:
- Avoid shaving too closely.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth rather than “against the grain.”
- Use non-irritating shaving cream.
- Use an electric razor.
- Avoid pulling skin while shaving.
- Reduce the frequency of shaving.
- Replace your razor frequently.
- Exfoliate with retinoids, glycolic or salicylic acids, or benzoyl peroxides to help clear the follicle opening.
Moisturize the skin after shaving
Use a sharp blade