What Is It?
Technically known as psuedofolliculitis barbae, razor burn is the term for pimples resulting from entrapped, ingrown hairs caused by rough shaving.
What Causes It?
One of the main causes of razor burn and skin irritation from shaving is bacteria on your blade. In addition, those already predisposed to curly facial hair are at more likely to experience razor burn from rogue whiskers.
How Can I Treat It?
By using a magnifying mirror and tweezers, you can gently remove any ingrown hairs. In addition, OTC salicylic acid washes can help exfoliate the skin and unblock pores. Make sure your razor blade is sharp prior to shaving, and clean it after every stroke (with alcohol, if possible) to prevent bacteria buildup.
What Happens If I Don’t?
In the most severe cases, razor burn bumps can result in scars or keloids, which are irregular growths of tissue around scars that have already healed.