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How to Get Rid of Hair Bumps & Scars
Hair bumps and scar formation go hand in hand due to ingrown hairs and severe inflammation from razor burn 4. When hair follicles become irritated or infected, they swell and become somewhat painful. Constant follicle irritation leads to scarring that is darker than your natural skin tone. Treating scarring and hair bumps takes persistence and patience. Severe cases require a dermatologist's help to determine underlying medical conditions that may prevent proper healing.
Apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone as needed to hair bumps. According to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies," hydrocortisone reduces inflammation and redness and eases discomfort. Do not use hydrocortisone on a daily basis as frequent use could make skin more irritated than before.
Exfoliate your skin daily to remove trapped oils, bacteria and dead skin cells that irritate your hair follicles and to help even skin tone. According to CareFair.com, you should not exfoliate if you have ingrown hairs 4.
Apply moisturizer to your skin after bathing. Keeping your skin properly moisturized will help relieve discomfort and dryness that causes bumps after shaving.
Purchase an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide cream for daily use. According to CareFair.com, benzoyl peroxide used for acne is also an ideal treatment for razor bumps and the scars they cause. Glycolic acid sloughs off top layers of damaged skin and provides oxygen to your hair follicles to effectively remove blockage.
Consult your dermatologist regarding a chemical peel. Your dermatologist uses natural fruit or lactic acids to remove dead, damaged skin, states the American Academy of Dermatology. This smooths the skin and evens your skin tone, reducing scar appearance.
According to CareFair.com, benzoyl peroxide used for acne is also an ideal treatment for razor bumps and the scars they cause. Your dermatologist uses natural fruit or lactic acids to remove dead, damaged skin, states the American Academy of Dermatology. According to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies," hydrocortisone reduces inflammation and redness and eases discomfort.
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