Bumps after shaving and waxing… Conquer ingrown hair once and for all

Bumps after shaving and waxing… Conquer ingrown hair once and for all


If you run a beauty supply business, you’ve probably heard customers complain about ingrown hairs.

It’s a skin condition that’s more prevalent in black men because it’s associated with curly hair, which is why most beauty supply stores have products addressing shaving-related problems in the men’s section. The same thing goes for women who have been waxing their bikini line and legs for the past summer. Learn how to prevent and treat skin problems caused by hair removal so you can recommend products to your customers.



What skin problems can I expect after shaving or waxing?

Razor bumps are inflammatory bumps caused by shaved hairs that come to the surface of the skin and then redirect back into the skin. Shaving creates these bumps because it can disturb the skin, hair follicles, and fat glands.



Ingrown hairs are hairs that grow inwardly on the skin and become trapped often after the skin is irritated by shaving, tweezing, or waxing, causing it to produce more dead skin cells to protect the skin and unable to break through the outer surface of the skin. Facial hair areas (including neck, cheeks, and chin) as well as legs, underarms, and pubic area are prone to ingrown hairs.




Razor burn is a common skin irritation that can be caused by friction between the razor and the skin. It can cause rashes, itching, and burning in addition to developing into ingrown hairs.




Why are black men more susceptible to skin problems related to shaving?

Black men have coarser, more tightly curled beards than White or Asian men. Curly hair is much more likely to develop ingrown hairs or razor bumps because it can be naturally directed toward the skin while growing. A study by the American Osteopathic College Of Dermatology found that 60% of black men experience ingrown hairs, but other studies estimate the number to be closer to 80%.


Ingrown hairs and razor bumps caused by shaving are called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) in medicine. Source: www.aocd.org


10 ways to prevent and treat ingrown hairs and razor bumps

  1. Moisturize skin before shaving and use shaving cream.
  2. Do not reuse a disposable razor more than five times.
  3. Trimmers, single blade, and multi blades are better for skin in the order.
  4. Shave with the grain, not against.
  5. Do not pull skin while shaving.
  6. Do not shave an area multiple times.
  7. Exfoliate regularly even if you have ingrown hairs.
  8. Leave 1 mm of hair after shaving in case of men.
  9. Use tea tree oil shampoos if you have ingrown hair in the head.
  10. Calm your skin after shaving with a cold towel and aftershave.



Hot products for shaving-related trouble care

Shaving powder that went viral on TikTok


SoftSheen-Carson Magic Razorless Shaving powder       
Source: Soft-Sheen Carson

Designed to prevent razor bumps, Magic Powder is an attractive razor-free alternative. Originally created for Black men with coarse hair, it has gone viral on TikTok as a “$3 hair removal without the worry of ingrown hairs” for women. Because of its quick action in melting coarse hairs, it is often used by Black women to remove hairs on underarms and bikini lines. However, it is important to note that people with sensitive skin may experience burns if the product is applied and left on for too long. There are options including normal strength, high strength for coarse hair, and conditioning for sensitive hair. It is available in powder as well as cream form.




Women’s bikini line favorites

B&c SKIN TIGHT is a brand that specializes in ingrown hairs and razor bumps. It can be used by both men and women, and its vegan ingredients make it safe for women to use on their bikini lines. Roll-on models that are easy to apply to the bearded area, bikini line, and underarms are very popular. They also offer face washes and moisturizers.

B&C SKIN TIGHT Roll-on B&C SKIN TIGHT Razor bump ointment Extra Strength




Products to use before shaving

Using a face wash before shaving clears clogged pores and softens hair. In particular, face washes with Benzoyl Peroxide prevent inflammation caused by bacteria. It is a common active ingredient in most face washes for acne. If you don’t have a product with this ingredient in your store, you can recommend an antiviral soap.

Face wash products with Benzoyl Peroxide Source: thebeautyinsideout.com



Shaving gels and creams

Aveeno offers an inexpensive, dermatologist-recommended product that costs around $4 on amazon. It was marketed as a shaving gel to prevent razor bumps and ranked #5 in Shaving Creams, Lotions, and Gels on Amazon. It is highly recommended for dry skin.

Bump Off is one of the popular brands you can find at beauty supplies. Customers with sensitive skin gave especially good reviews due to the aloe ingredient.


Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel
Source: amazon
/Bump Off Invisible Shaving Gel
Source: Walmart



Aftershave products

Bump patrol is a beauty supply brand specializing in ingrown hairs for men, but it recently launched products for women, which were welcomed by many. The original aftershave is also popular with barbers and has sold 12 million bottles in total. As a specialty product brand, it offers a variety of formulas, including sprays, oils, and face washes.

BUMP PATROL Aftershave Treatment  
Source: patrolgrooming.com


Dubbed the miracle for ingrown hairs, Tend Skin Solution is a toner that treats razor burns, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs by gently exfoliating and soothing the skin. It can be used for almost any hair removal area, including underarms, legs, bikini line, and so on. It is ranked #1 in the aftershave lotion category on Amazon. It sells for $25.99, 8 ounces on Amazon, which is a bit more expensive than other brands.

Tend Skin Solution
Source: Tendskin.com


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