Razor bumps? This problem can be rather common in women. They typically develop on the legs or bikini area after shaving. Some cases may be due to a hormonal imbalance causing an increase in male hormone levels in the blood. Some patients also report troublesome acne or irregular periods. Changing the way you shave may help. Try shaving along the direction the hairs grow, rather than “against the grain”. It’s better to shave in the shower, so the hairs can soften and are easier to cut. Use a gentle shaving gel like Aveeno. Bump fighter razors may also help (you can find them using an internet search). If razor bumps are severe or don’t respond to gentle skin care, then prescription medications may prove useful. Sometimes evaluation of hormone levels may also be needed.

 

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