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Razor bumps, or ingrown hairs, are small, irritated bumps on the skin. They happen
after you shave, when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the
skin. They cause irritation and pimples. They also may cause
The best way to treat
razor bumps is to stop shaving. If you can't do that, use a clean needle
to release the hair shaft when you see a bump forming. This usually stops a razor bump from
If you start shaving again,
razor bumps usually return.
For severe razor bumps, you may need a special skin cream,
such as hydrocortisone, antibiotic, or tretinoin cream.
Waxing and plucking may cause razor bumps.
Hair removal products called depilatories do not cause razor bumps. But they can irritate the skin and should be used only once or twice a week.
Removing hair permanently with laser treatments, or electrolysis, does not cause razor bumps.
tips can help when you shave:
Anyone can get them. They're most common in people with tightly curled or spiral hair strands.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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