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Q: How do I prevent from getting razor bumps and razor burns?
One of the best forms of prevention is allowing hairs to grow well above the skin surface. The follicle opening may prevent the hair tip from growing into the skin. However, not many people are willing or able to grow their hairs long enough to prevent their ingrowing. The following are essential key points that will help minimize these shaving problems: Washing the skin before shaving is helpful in exfoliating. Exfoliating (removing the upper layers of dead skin) your skin is indispensable when trying to prevent razor bumps, ingrown hairs or razor burn.
Daily use of a liquid cleanser before shaving not only unclogs pores, it lifts the hair away from the follicle while softening the hair. Shave with downward strokes (going with the grain). Shaving too close is one of the triggers for razor bumps, ingrown hair, and razor burn. The hair stubs are cut too close, get trapped inside the hair follicle and dig inward or sideways.
More info on Shaving Tips:
Use a post-shaving product that contains beta hydroxy acid: Acetylsalicylic acid, the main ingredient in the Imperial Touch Razor Bump Solution. This dermatological-grade ingredient is the active substance producing immediate; visible improvements for razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and razor burns. It disinfects, mildly exfoliates surface skin cells, which keeps hair follicles and adjacent areas of the skin clean and unobstructed.
Q: Can women get razor bumps?
I am a woman of color who suffers from ingrown hairs on the chin and under neck areas of my face as a result I tend to tweeze a lot and I get a lot of dark marks so what could i do to alleviate this problem.
Read the following carefully and consider changing your hair removal method. You must address the cause of the bumping before you can successfully lighten the discoloration. Apply the Imperial Touch Bump Solution to the affected area once or twice a day after cleansing. Rub in well and allow it to dry. Then, follow with a 1% cortisone cream. This should slow down the bumping up process. You will also need a good skin brightener to slow down the over production of melanin in those areas and a full spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen that you wear on a daily basis to protect your skin tone.
Change your hair removal method. Tweezing and waxing trap recently removed hairs deep below the skin line, setting them up to become trapped again and again as they re-grow. Trapped ingrowns cause prolonged inflammation, bumps covered with dead skin cells, soreness, itching and a darkening if the inflamed bumps and surrounding skin. Tweezed areas become "hot spots" of chronic problems.
One method is to shave with a new single-edge blade in the direction of hair growth. Do not repeatedly go over the same area in a back and forth motion in an effort to get a closer shave. If the preferred shaving method involves an electric razor, try a traditional barber’s trimmer, called a T-edger or liner, which gives a closer, more precise shave that larger clippers. Avoid rotary shavers that cut beard hair at different angles, seriously compounding the problem. The skin should never be stretched to obtain a closer shave. When the skin bounces back, newly shaved hair will be situated, and later trapped, below the skin line. The same principal applies to twin, triple and five-blade razors; the first blade stretches the skin, while the second (third, fourth and fifth) blade shave way too close.
Depilatory creams and shaving powders should be discouraged since they cause chemical irritation that can lead to dark hyperpigmentation of the lower face and neck, sometimes called "shadowing".
Blend Method Electrolysis: Those with chronic "trouble spots" (often on the neck, chin or cheeks, usually where tweezing was performed repeatedly) might want to explore the "blend method" of electrolysis for their problem areas. The electrologist should be skilled and experienced in the treatment of black, bump-prone clients with curved, often scarred, hair follicles. The curved follicle, healing process, risk of scarring and hyperpigmentation, as well as inflammatory reaction to the temporary "trauma" of electrolysis can differ radically from other races.
Laser hair removal has become increasingly popular in recent years to gradually and permanently reduce hair on the face and body. It is important that candidates do their homework to steer clear of the risks related to lasers, especially scarring and pigmentation on darker skin tones. Unfortunately, lasers can't "see" gray, white or blond hair.
Laser practitioners should:
(a) Use the most appropriate laser (Cool Glide) for your ethnic skin type
(b) Be very well-trained in the use of that laser
(c) Disclose what that laser can and cannot do for you
(d) Be very experienced working with your ethnic skin type
(e) Be well-versed in pre-laser pain management, the importance of inflammation reduction, melanin suppression (to control discoloration), sun protection/avoidance, and be able to treat your post-laser skin.
© 2007 Kathryn Leverette, Urban Skin Solutions, Oakland, California;
Q: Does the shaving gel really make a big difference?
Imperial Touch Medicated Shave Gel combines softeners and conditioners to formulate the perfect non-aerosol shaving product. Face your shave armed with antioxidant vitamin E and skin-protecting aloe in one advanced shave gel. This illuminating thick low lather gel base refines razor glide as well as moisturizes skin while reducing irritation, razor burn and post-shaving dryness.
Imperial Touch Medicated Shaving Gel is designed for varying skin types. This shave gel is not only easy to use, sensually aromatic, and blissfully effective. It is an ideal shaving product for men or women, allowing the ultimate shaving experience. Imperial Touch Medicated Shave Gel reduces friction, minimizes nicks, cuts and scrapes, permitting a smooth, close, comfortable shave.
Q: What are the reasons people get razor bumps or ingrown hairs?
1. Razor Bumps occur when the hair follicle becomes injured by shaving or waxing. These methods cause razor bumps by damaging the opening of the follicle, so there is no clear opening for the hair to grow.
2. Razor Bumps can also occur when the hair follicle becomes obstructed. Excess oil produced by the Sebaceous Gland can form a plug forcing hair to grow in or out to the sides.
3. People with curlier hair are more likely to produce razor bumps because the hair is less likely to grow straight..
Q: Does exfoliating your skin help?
Imperial Touch Stimulating Facial Scrub energizes dull, tired, lifeless skin. The extra gentle exfoliating action of oat protein draws out impurities, unclog pores, and removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Enriched grape seed oil is a powerful anti-cellulite that fights visible signs of aging while gently buffing away debris; replenishing lost moisture.
Imperial Touch Stimulating Facial Scrub leaves skin feeling cleaner, smoother, and radiantly healthy. Helps the control of blemishes and excess oil. A great treatment for acne, razor bumps and other skin conditions, including eczema. Good for everyday use.
Q: What is the best way to take care of my hair and scalp?
There are some of us who fail in the basics of hair care. Thus ending up with dull, dry, brittle hair. In order to have sleek, shiny , beautiful hair you must be quite dedicated. A shiny head of hair means that the scales of the cuticle, the protective covering of each hair strand, are smooth and flat against the hair shaft. Intact cuticle cells are flat,smooth and glossy. Shine is created when light is reflected across the cuticles. A smooth hair cuticle looks like a roof with all the shingles lying flat, however day-to-day styling, heat processing, and coloring cause those shingles to lift. The best reflection occurs when the cuticles have a healthy coating of sebum, which is natural hair oil. Dull hair that doesn’t shine is usually lacking in the necessary moisture to reflect light. Hair that is deficient in moisture and natural oils will absorb the light rather than reflect it. Sebum can be damaged or completely striped from the hair due to a wide range of internal and external factors including hormonal imbalances, harsh shampoo formulas, chemical processing, improper use of hot styling tools, weather and the environment. A hidden shine stealer can also be located in your faucet. Mineral loaded hard water can build up on the unsuspecting cuticles. Hard water is a fact in 85% of American homes according to the U.S. Geological Survey. If you have tried everything to increase your shine with limited results, consider that your water may be causing your lifeless hair. When in doubt try using bottled water for a few days for your final rinse. Let the results speak for themselves.
You should notice an improvement to your hair by following these basics of hair care tips:
1. Shampoo as often as necessary according to your hair type. Use a moisture enhancing shampoo that strives to maintain your hair’s natural oil mantle; Dr. FeelGood Silk Protein Shampoo.
2. Condition often. Do it every time you shampoo. Choose nutrient-rich conditioner which moisturizes and fill in tiny cracks in the hair shaft; .
3. Gently pat hair dry, never pull or rub with coarse towels. Wet hair is fragile, and any friction will rough up the cuticle.
4. Get glossy. Make sure that your shine serum is water soluble--look for cyclomethicone on the label. Glossiers help restore shine and balance hair. If done regularly these hair care tips will help condition, moisten the hair along with providing a remarkable shine.
Q: How do I prevent razor ingrown hairs?
Razor bumps, also known as PFB (Pseudofolliculitis barbae) refers to a persistent inflammation caused by shaving. Razor bumps are small, irritated bumps on the skin that develop after shaving when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin.
Prevention & Treatment:
To reduce your chance of suffering from razor bumps you may want to take a look at the following steps to prevent razor bumps: - Ensure to get your hair very wet before shaving - Really work the shaving cream into your skin or scalp for at least 2 minutes and save areas that tend to develop razor bumps for last, so that the shaving cream has longer to soften the hair.
Shave with the grain, not against it - Replace your blade regularly - Don't stretch out your skin while shaving - Use moisturizer after shaving. Visit our Blog page for more shaving techniques.