Anybody who shaves — men, women, and even children — can develop razor bumps. No shaved skin is immune, including the face, armpits, legs, and pubic area. Other hair-removal techniques, such as plucking, waxing, and electrolysis, can also cause razor bumps.
Frequent, close shaving — especially with multi-blade razors — increases the risk of razor bumps. Also improper shaving techniques, such as pulling skin tighter to achieve a closer shave, shaving against the grain or direction of hair growth, and applying repeated razor strokes over the same area of skin.
People who have hair that's moderately to tightly curled — particularly African-Americans — are more likely than people with straight hair to develop razor bumps. That's because curly hair tends to coil back into the skin or hair follicles. It's estimated that up to 80 percent of African-American men have problems with razor bumps.
Have you suffered with negative experiences with razor bumps? Tell us about it and we'll be sure to help you out.
- September 21, 2015
- Candace Mitchell