Razor bump scars are common for both men and women, particularly those with sensitive skin. They can happen anywhere you use a razor to shave body hair. Often, razor bump scars are mild and disappear within a few weeks to a few months. However, there are some ways you can help speed up the healing time and remove them more quickly.
Exfoliate the affected skin at least three times a week. Either a scrub or exfoliating brush will suffice to slough away dead skin cells and scars. Softly rub area in a circular motion to eliminate the damaged layers. Results take a few weeks to become visible, but frequent exfoliation will reduce the appearance and eventually remove razor bump scars.
Use microdermabrasion to remove razor bump scars. This noninvasive method is one of the mildest forms of treatment and does not require recovery time afterward. Most likely, you will need a series of treatments to see results. Microdermabrasion can be performed in a clinical setting or you can do it yourself with an at-home kit.
Schedule an appointment for chemical peel if razor bump scars are deep. A dermatologist uses phenols for severe scars and glycolic or hydroxy acids for more superficial scars. These work by damaging the outer skin, allowing new skin to emerge. All chemicals work to penetrate the outer skin layers and peel away scar tissue.
Use a laser treatment to remove razor scars. These burn off scar tissue allowing fresher skin underneath to prevail. This treatment is noninvasive and has very few side effects. Mild inflammation and swelling may occur but topical analgesics can alleviate them. Depending on the severity of the scars, you may require a series of laser treatments before results are visible.
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David Friedman began writing professionally in 2004. His work appears in the "Daily Illini" and various websites. Friedman is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and has Bachelor of Science in exercise science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.