No matter how many years you’ve been shaving, razor bumps can happen to the best of us. To get to the bottom of why the bumps pop up and how to get rid of them, we spoke with Sai Demirovic, esthetician and co-founder of GLO Spa NY, and Lily Talakoub, a dermatologist at McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center.
WHY DO RAZOR BUMPS HAPPEN?
Razor bumps form when hair is either nicked irregularly or when hairs are curled under the skin and become inflamed, explains Talakoub. She says they occur more often in parts of the body that fold, such as the underarms, because of the skin-on-skin contact and the increased moisture that happens in that area.
Demirovic adds that most of us get razor bumps where hair grows the thickest, like the face, neck, bikini area, and underarms because thick hairs cause more irritation and oil production than finer hair. This can lead to inflammation and possibly even infection.