Razor bumps are red bumps that you see after shaving. This might be razor bumps or razor burns. Razor bumps, or folliculitis, happens quickly after shaving or when the hair is growing back. It can leave the skin inflammed, red, itchy, or with bumps.
Razor bumps are caused by contact from the razor. They can also be caused by ingrown hairs in the skin, which turn to the skin rather than out. They can cause pimple-like bumps on the skin which are very uncomfortable to the sufferer.
Razor bumps can lead to skin infections when microorganism access cuts into the skin. In this way, the folliculitis that results can only be treated by antibiotics, either oral or applied to the skin.
Razor bumps may also result from friction that is caused by the razor blade especially if a shaving cream or moisturizer is not used while shaving.
Symptoms may include the following:
- Small and red bumps or white bumps that develop around hair follicles
- Pus-filled bumps that may crust and open
- Itchy and burning skin
- Painful and tender skin
- A large swollen bump
Your doctor will diagnose folliculitis by looking at your skin and taking your medical history. He or she may do microscopic examination of the skin, a process known as dermoscopy.
You doctor may also utilize a swab to take an sample of your skin. This is sent to a lab to help figure out what’s causing the infection.
Treatment for folliculitis will vary upon its manifestations and its accompanying signs and symptoms. Choices include medicines or laser hair removal.
Medications that may be given may include the following:
- Antibiotic creams
- Oral antibiotics
- Fungal creams
- Oral antifungals
- Steroid creams
- Oral steroids