If you sometimes feel a little itchy after shaving, you’re not alone. Folliculitis is one of the most common skin conditions out there and appears as small, bright bumps until the skin. It’s the result of bacterial and fungal invasion of the tissue under the skin and, in some cases, it can be pretty painful.
The main culprit, according to the American Academy of Dermatology is Staphylococcus aureus. This little germ has a nasty habit of being able to take advantage of weakness in the skin following shaving and getting under the pores.
Here are some of the remedies that you can try at home to both prevent and treat cases of folliculitis.
Avoiding Shaving Too Fast
While you might be in a hurry in the morning, it’s critical not to make leg shaving a rushed affair. The faster you swipe, the more potential damage you could be causing to the underlying skin, giving bacteria an opportunity to sweep in and start causing havoc.
Don’t Shave Against The Grain
Hair tends to grow from follicles predominantly in one direction. On the face, for instance, it typically grows downwards. In general, it’s a good idea to shave with the grain, not against it. When you shave against it, you risk forcing hairs up against the walls of the follicles, damaging them, providing more space for opportunistic bacteria to enter.
Stop Shaving Altogether
You can also investigate options that will negate the need for you to shave altogether. For instance, you might try using lasers to get rid of your hair. In the first session of laser hair removal, a clinician will pass a laser device over your skin. This will then heat up the pigment in the hair which will transmit heat to the follicle, stopping it from creating new hairs in the future. After several sessions, you’ll be able to target all hairs in a particular region, preventing them from growing back long-term.
Don’t Shave Too Often
Folliculitis can also occur when people shave too often. For instance, shaving every three days or so is okay because you are giving the skin time to recover from hair removal. However, shaving every day is a big no-no and can lead to lasting damage at the surface. Try if you can to reduce how much you shave in a given week and always apply moisturizer to your skin to prevent chapping.
Use Fresh Razors
Razor blades start out as crisp and clean with no nicks or notches in them. However, after a couple of weeks of use, their sharp edge becomes dulled, and they may even become blunt.
Obviously, a blunt razor can seriously harm your skin. That’s because it doesn’t chop through hairs consistently. Instead, it tugs on them, causing additional trauma to the follicle.
The trick here is to regularly replace your razor. If you notice that it starts to tug, swap it out for a new one. If you’re worried about doing this because of the price, then switch to a high-quality budget brand.