Razor bumps are a common problem in individuals who have curly hair. When the hair is shaved closely, an individual strand can grow out following the shape of the follicle eventually contacting the skin surface, and unfortunately, penetrating inside the skin. The hair continues to grow inside and the skin leading to the development of red bumpy areas that can eventually lead to darkness and discoloration. Sometime, the bumps develop pus inside them which is really difficult to cope with. The razor bumps contribute notoriously to complexion problems which lead to lowered self-esteem and a decrease in self confidence in certain social settings. This can be especially problematic for females who develop unwanted facial hair that causes unsightly areas that are hard to cover with makeup.
Razor bumps are caused by shaving, waxing, tweezing and plucking hairs in a variety of areas.. Shaving is the most common of razor bumps and naturally, more common on the facial areas in men since they shave regularly and women, usually don’t need to. However, these bumps can also occur on the legs and the pubic region which can be a quite bothersome problem for females.
Laser Hair Removal is the best treatment possible for treating razor bumps. Laser treatment involves using a device that is programmed to produce specific types of light energy that it targets the pigment in the hair follicle. When the hair follicles absorb the light energy, it generates heat that destroys the hair cells leading to a gradual decrease in the growth of hair as time goes by.
The light energy penetrates down to the hair root area without having any effect on the overlying skin or harming it when certain guidelines are followed. Hence, the skin remains intact but the hair growth stops and these razor bumps resolve completely over the course of treatment.
Here are some of the benefits of laser hair removal treatment for razor bumps:
- Irritation is improved- Razor Bumps are associated with itching, irritation and tenderness. When the laser treatment is done, the hair that is the source of the inflammation and irritation is removed allowing the skin to heal with resolution of the pain, itching, and discomfort,
- Pigmentary Issues- The targeted laser injures the hair follicles leading to a decrease in hair growth. Once the hair is not growing the razor bumps can heal. As part of the recovery process, dark spots and areas of discoloration begin to improve. Prescription medication can be added as well to help speed up the process of getting the spots to go away giving the skin a new and fresh look.
- Freedom from Having to Remove the Hair- Once the area is treated with laser, the growth of hair decreases significantly. So, for ladies it can be possible to go several months at a time without having to pluck, tweeze, or wax. Men can find that the coarse thick hairs that caused bump formation are replaced by finer, lighter hairs that are easier to manage without having to remove the hair or shave as often.
Laser utilizes light engineering for the safe eradication of undesirable hair and in this manner, disposing off ingrown hairs and leaving smooth skin with minimal bumps and discoloration.
If you are affected by these bumps and you want to eradicate them completely, consider laser hair removal as an option. The treatment is done in at intervals of 6-8 weeks and it can take an average of 6 laser treatments to achieve long term removal of the hair that causes razor bumps. There are some exceptions, such as the laser does not work for gray or blonde hair, and red hair is resistant and can require more treatments to see a response.