Razor Bumps

Pseudofolliculitis barbae, commonly referred to as "razor bumps" or "ingrown hairs", are the small, often red dots that appear after shaving. The reason for the red is that the skin reacts to ingrown hairs as an inflammation of the skin. They itch and can be experienced as generally irritating, much like a mosquito bite. But with good shaving technique and the right products, you can avoid razor bumps. We have put together eight simple tips to prevent razor bumps.

1. Multi-blade razors shave below skin level.

Multi-blade razors are designed to be able to "lift" the hair before it is cut off. This causes the hair to be cut off under the skin. When the hair then grows back, it gets stuck under the skin, leading to razor bumps. And the more razor blades your razor has, the worse this gets. The hair must be cut evenly with the skin to prevent this from happening. Our safety razor, with only one razor blade, cuts flush with the skin.

2. Coarse hair growth sticks more easily.

Coarse hairs get stuck more easily between the blades in a multi-blade razor. This causes the hair to be pulled out of the skin causing irritation and ingrown hairs. If you use a sharp safety razor with only one razor blade, this is avoided.

3. Don't press on skin.

Multi-blade razors are often made of plastic, which makes them very light. Therefore, unnecessary pressure must be applied to the skin when shaving. Users of multi-blade razors often experience this as the razor tearing off the hair instead of cutting it. Vali safety razor is made of steel and has a comfortable weight which means that you only need to apply minimal pressure and instead let the razor "do the job".

4. Use fresh blades.

We recommend that you do not use the same razor blade more than 3-5 times. After this, they lose sharpness and instead start pulling and tugging, instead of cutting clean. A "refill" for multi-blade systems can cost as much as 4-5 euro per razor blade. Due to the high price, many choose to wait significantly longer to switch to a fresher razor blade. In comparison, Vali razor blades in the trade cost about €0.5 per razor blade. Almost 90% cheaper than a regular multi-blade razor! It allows you to change razor blades much more often. Better for both your skin and wallet because our razor blades can be recycled.

5. Electric shaving trimmers.

Electric shavers can also cause skin irritation and razor bumps. Plus it is almost impossible to get a close shave with shaving trimmers because the skin is not moisturized and softened before shaving. Also keep in mind that the clippers must be thoroughly cleaned after each shave so that bacteria that can infect the skin do not accumulate.

6. Never shave against the grain.

Admittedly, you get a closer shave, but at the same time, the risk of razor bumps and irritation increases as the hairs are cut off below the skin. Always shave with the grain. You may also want to try shaving across (after shaving your with the grain first) the grain if you do not have overly sensitive skin.

7. Preparation is key.

We recommend that you shower (warm) before shaving. It softens the skin and hair and opens up the pores. Also preferably use a shaving brush when lathering up. The shaving brush exfoliates the skin and cleanses away dead skin cells that can cause ingrown hairs. Also, apply an emollient shaving oil before shaving to improve the glide between the razor blade and skin.

8. Use good shaving products.

Look for shaving creams and after-shaves that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients. The skin and body react to a razor bump as an inflammation. For example, if you use shaving cream with anti-inflammatory ingredients, the cream will help counteract skin inflammations. The razor bump becomes less visible than if you were to get a razor bump without using anti-inflammatory shaving cream and aftershave. Completely skip using canned shaving foam. They contain chemical propellants that are dehydrating the skin.

Tired of razor bumps?

Read our shaving guide and start shaving with a safety razor.

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