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
How are razor bumps treated?
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.
Do other hair removal methods cause razor bumps?
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.
Can razor bumps be prevented?
tips can help when you shave:
Moisten your skin with water and mild soap first. This will soften
the hair and open the pores.
Use a thick shaving
Don't stretch the skin when you shave. Always shave in the
direction the hair is growing. Use the fewest razor strokes possible. Rinse with
Use an electric razor if you can adjust it to avoid the closest
After you shave, use a moisturizing cream.
Who is likely to get razor bumps?
Anyone can get them. They're most common in people with tightly curled or spiral hair strands.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology