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The Best Ways To Remove Male Pubic Hair Without Shaving

I’ve always had problems with too much body hair. Basically, I’m a wildebeest. All my life I’ve been looking for ways to get rid of my body hair and specifically my pubic hair. There are several good reasons to remove your pubic hair if you’re a guy.

  1. Let’s just say the tree will look taller if there’s less grass around it
  2. You don’t have to worry about getting crabs
  3. It can prevent fungal infections by now holding as much water and oil in your pubic region
  4. Your partner will be more likely to spend time down there with her mouth

How to Remove Male Pubic Hair Without Shaving

The most common way to remove the pubes is through shaving but there are a few downsides to shaving. First, you can cut yourself really badly. Second, it’s awkward to have sharp blades near your balls. Third, it can be tricky to get to all the nooks and crannies with a razor blade.

That’s why the best way to remove male pubes is with a depilatory cream. You apply it, let it set, and the hair washes away. 

Get the Hair Off Your Balls With Cream: Step-by-Step

Step 1: Make sure you shake the bottle thoroughly first (unless it is a spray)

Step 2: Apply a generous layer of cream to what desired area (make sure to stretch your ballsack so it coats everything)

Step 3: Wait for 5-10 minutes and then use a warm wet towel to wipe away the cream and hair

Step 4: Take a shower and wash the area thoroughly with soap to get rid of all the residue of the cream

Step 5: Use an anti-chaffing lotion to prevent chaffing and ingrown hair. I like Tendskin or The Crop Preserver

How do depilatory creams work?

These creams work by denaturing the proteins in the hair causing the hair shafts to lose structural integrity thereby rendering them incapable of withstanding the mechanical insult of a cloth being wiped over them.

In other words, they safely melt the hair away.

(I knew those two years studying biology would come in handy someday!)

I know what you’re thinking. The creams for sensitive skin should be a better choice! 

Not true!

You see the hair around your butt and pubic region is what’s known as terminal hair. This hair tends to be extremely thick as its evolutionary purpose is thought to display sexual maturity to others.

Those ‘light’ hair removal creams just don’t pack the punch that you will need to get rid of the hair down there.

In fact, many users of ‘light’ hair removal creams have higher instances of chemical burns because they leave it on too long to get better removal results.

Veet regular strength left my skin feeling damaged and cracked.  The sensitive light formula didn’t get a lot of the hair off and I had to leave it on way past the recommended time to get any results at all.

Regular Nair worked better but still not as good! It still missed some spots on my thick chest and buttcrack hair.

Other Questions

How do you use it?
You spray the product onto the area(s) where you have unwanted hair. You let it sit on those areas for 4 minutes but no longer than 10 minutes. From there you go into the shower wash it off along with your unwanted hair
How long should I leave it on?
That depends on the thickness of your hair. Probably an average Asian wouldn’t need to leave it on for longer than 3-4 minutes maximum. However, for someone like me with thick coarse hair, I have to leave it one for 10.
Is it dangerous?
No. So long as you follow the instructions the product is not dangerous. It’s important to note as soon as you feel your skin tingling its time to wash it off!

Downsides to Depilatory Creams

Before you jump in the car to go buy some Nair you need to know some downsides to using depilatory creams. First, they don’t smell the best. Second, they can burn your skin if you leave them on too long. Third, you may not get all of the hair off.

The smell isn’t as much of a problem as it was when these creams first came out in the 1970s. They’ve developed some pretty strong perfumes to mask the odors but nonetheless, it’s still not the most pleasant scent.

The biggest risk is the burn factor. Sometimes people will leave the cream on for too long in an effort to make sure they get every strand of hair. That’s not advisable as those creams can burn your skin badly if left on too long. You should never leave a depilatory cream on your skin for longer than 10 minutes unless the instructions explicitly state that it’s okay.

Which leads to the third problem. It doesn’t get off every strand. I’ve been using Nair for Men for years and even with practice it still misses strands. The good news is that it’s not noticeable to most people other than yourself.

Best Alternatives to Depilatory Creams

Waxing

Some people don’t want to use depilatory creams in which case your alternatives are a bit limited. Waxing pubes for men are a lot more difficult than for women. You have to manage to stay hard during the process of ripping the hair out of your skin. That’s a tall order and most guys that do Brazilian waxes have to take a viagra beforehand.  Also, we talked about getting burned with a depilatory cream well imagine getting your balls burned by hot wax. OUCH!

A Manscaper

Not the same thing as a razor these new manscapers are designed to be comfortable and specifically to contour around your balls to get the hair off. You can also set it them to make sure that they don’t cut the hair below the surface to prevent and ingrown hairs.

My personal favorite is The Lawn Mower. I’m sure you’ve seen it advertised on Youtube. The reason being is it has special guards and adjustable heads in order to prevent nicks and cuts.

Manscaping with Tips

There are some basic tips that all manscapers need to do to avoid injury or infection.

  1. If you use a depilatory hair removal cream make sure the area you are about to manscape is clean and dry before applying the cream and make sure you test a small area to make sure the cream agrees with your skin.
  2. Use a good aftershave to prevent chafing and ingrown hairs. My favorites are Fresh Balls because it has anti-bacterial properties.
  3. After that moisturize your skin afterward with an aloe vera based moisturizer.  My personal favorite is Organic Aloe Vera Gel. It just really helps facilitate epidemic regeneration. It also helps to heal sunburns, acne, and even razor bumps! The best part is it’s not expensive.
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Philips Norelco Bodygroomer Series 1100

If you’re a wildebeest like me then you know that manscaping is a must. As you know, I personally am a big fan of using hair removal creams for my manscaping needs. However, today I decided to try something different. This is the Philips Norelco Bodygroomer 1100 Series. I got it off amazon for $20.

It comes with one AA battery, two different skin guards, and a cord to hang it up in the shower if you want. It was easy to put together, taking all of 1 minute to put the battery inside the thing. I began with removing my chest hair. The head wasn’t that big so it took a relatively long time and I did have to go over the same area 3-4 times to get all of the hair.

Here is the finished product. You can see I still have skin flaps from when I lost 100lbs. If you want to know more about that check out my keto diet videos.

Then it was time to go downstairs. It’s been awhile so I switched to the comb for longer hair and went to work. The description said it would be comfortable, however, it was anything but. The thing kept pulling on my hair the whole time. Trust me, and that hurts when you trimming your balls. I also had to make several passes to get it to the proper length. That being said it had been a long time since I mowed my lawn so I can’t blame the device entirely. Also, for $20 I wasn’t expecting that much.

The good news is there were no nics or cuts when I was done. Afterwards I applied some TendSkin and it hardly strung at all.

Overall I would give the Philips Norelco Bodygroomer 1100 series a 6/10 an okay body groomer and not bad for the price. But honestly I would recommend you just bite the bullet and spend a few more dollars to get a better trimmer such as the Bodygroomer 2040. Your skin will thank you later.

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The Best Ways to Get Rid of Hair Between Buttocks

I love getting licked! Its one of my favorite things in sex even though I’m a top. The problem was with my partner he would always hesitate when I asked him to do it even right after a shower.

Finally, he just stopped doing it. He said it was too hairy for him. That’s why I decided to do some research to see how to get rid of hair between buttocks.

The number 1 reason a lot of guys don’t like to toss the salad is because of hair around the guy or gal’s hole! 

Seriously even if you’re into hairy men how many guys just love putting their tongue on a butthole full of hair? It’s extremely unhygienic for one thing.

Hair holds in 1000% more e. Coli bacteria than bare skin.

Because I wanted to continue getting licked I finally decided to do something about my hole hair. I looked into several different options including waxing, shaving, and depilatory creams.

About Buttcrack hair

Butt crack hair is very normal in both men and women as they mature.

Leaving your butt crack hair un-shaven can lead to poor personal hygiene down there, this may also increase your chances of picking up an infection. For some people, though the butt hair is normal, it can be embarrassing to walk with naked in public.

Shaving, removing or getting rid of butt hair safely will have the following advantages:

  • Removing your butt crack hair may boost your self-esteem when walking naked, or in a bikini in public places
  • You are able to maintain high standards of personal hygiene. This means stainless, clean and dry inner pants.
  • Keeping your butt clean and shaved also reduces the chances of picking up an infection. Hair butt, groin or pubic area creates a conducive environment for bacterial and yeast overgrowth.
  • A cleanly shaved butt improves stimulation and ensures safe and hygienic anal sex

Is it normal to have hair in your butt crack?

But is it really normal to have hair in your butt crack? The answer to this is YES. It would be really unusual for a man not to grow any hair in their butt crack. Hair in your butt crack is the same to your pubic hair only that it grows in your butt around the anus.

Human hair is a protein filament that grown from the follicles found in the skin. It is one of the defining characters of a mammal. Your body is covered with follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair.

So yes it is quite normal for adults both males and female to grow hair in some regions such as the butt crack and the anal region. You’ll notice even hairless twinks usually have some fur inside their buttocks.

Let’s talk about laser/electrolysis hair removal for a moment

I do want to point that laser treatment is also possible and provides longer lasting results, however, it’s quite expensive. It can cost anywhere for $350 for a small area up to $600-$900 in a larger area such as the back per session!

In addition to that my sister tried laser hair removal for her lower chin and the results weren’t that great.  In general people of African descent have reported mixed results for laser hair removal.

So overall I didn’t go for laser hair removal because:

  • It’s expensive a complete treatment regimen can cost well over $5000 USD!
  • The effectiveness is limited for people of African descent
  • It can cause blistering and burning. Even its proponents, if they are honest, will tell you that you’ll feel like you’ve been sunburned afterward
  • You may get permanent scarring
  • You may lose sensitivity in your anal region defeating the whole purpose of doing it in the first place! 

Electrolysis is the only hair removal procedure currently allowed by the FDA to be classified as “Permanent”.

This is basically where a technician literally zaps each and every individual hair follicle with electricity to permanently kill the follicle.

My mother had an issue with hair on her lower chin as well and tried electrolysis.

It did work but it was expensive. Electrolysis usually runs about $50-$80 per hour so you can imagine how much that would cost for a relatively large area like your butt.

It’s super time-consuming! The average person must be treated every 6-8 weeks for one year! A session can last 1-2 hours depending upon the amount of hair you want to be removed!

It hurts! I’m sure you’ve been shocked before. Well, imagine tiny pricks of electricity on your most sensitive area (your anus) for over an hour for 6-8 weeks for a year or more!

Things I’ve tried before

Waxing

Manscaping with Waxing
Image used under fair use comment & criticism

Before I used to go to a salon to take care of my manscaping needs. However, when the financial crises back in the early 2000’s I stopped. Plus I never did the inside as well.   It lasts relatively long and it makes your skin feel smooth through exfoliation.

However, there are some serious drawbacks to waxing; these are enough to not make me a fan of it!

Why I’m not a fan of waxing
  1. It’s painful! Especially when they start waxing those thick chest hairs and other sensitive areas!
  2. It takes a long time! My waxing sessions took an hour to one and a half hours to complete depending upon how much I wanted to get waxed. The poor girl would be sweating afterward. As a result, I’d always tip her; which leads me to my next point
  3. It’s expensive! A full body wax can easily top $100usd.  You can try those do-it-yourself kits but it’s unlikely you’ll do a good job plus you risk burning yourself really badly.
  4. Do you really want hot wax in your ass? *shudder!*
  5. It left horrible ingrown hairs and bumps on my skin as it healed from the traumatic experience.  One night with a random hookup he asked ‘oh I see you wax’. He could tell from the blotches the ingrown hairs left on my skin. Even though he was nice about it talk about embarrassing!

Shaving

A lot of guys use shaving as their main manscaping device and with good reason. They’re used to it & it’s quick. I, however, am not a fan of shaving anything other than my face.

Why I’m not a fan of body shaving

  1. You can get some nasty cuts as a result of shaving especially given the awkward positioning necessary to shave between your buttocks.
  2. Razor bumps are not a pretty sight especially in your butt which may get mistaken for anal warts. Yikes! That’s why if you do shave use a good man groomer to help you get a good close shave but not below the surface!
  3. Shaving cuts the hair at an angle causing it to grow back feeling more course and harsh
  4. The effects don’t last long.  You can start to see regrowth in as little as one or two days!

By the way, if you already have a problem with ingrown hairs read my article on how to get rid of ingrown hairs.

Mechanical Epilators

Do you really want this thing in your ass? Well maybe if you’re into BDSM…

In case anyone doesn’t know what an epilator is its a mechanical device that literally rips out each hair with its mechanical teeth. I tried one of these beauties when I was in Chile. Let me tell you these things would make excellent interrogation devices!

If someone put one of those things between your cheeks you’d tell them whatever they wanted to know

Why I’m not a fan of mechanical epilators
  1. They hurt like a motherf****r! I’m not kidding these things could be used as torture devices in the war on terror! They could probably bring the most hardened terrorist to his knees begging for mercy!
  2. You have to go over the area several times to get all the hair out increasing the pain exponentially!
  3. They cause terrible ingrown hairs and it takes a while to get all of the hair off!
  4. It’s hard and you have to squat to get to your buttcrack hair!

Related: How to Get the Hair Off Your Balls Without Shaving

What’s the best hair removal cream for your butt-crack?

Manscaping with Nair for Men

Cheesy photo with me and a can of Nair for men spray

Nair for Men Hair Removal Spray

The best hair removal cream I’ve ever had was Nair Men Hair Removal Spray. The reason I like the spray is that it’s easy to apply without getting your hands all stinky.

Why I’m a *HUGE* fan of Nair 

  1. I love it because it simply does what its supposed to do. It removes my body hair (including my thick chest hair) with one application.
  2. It’s quick! I sprayed it on within 3 minutes the hair began to come off and that’s before I even started rubbing it off
  3. It’s easy! With Nair for Men it’s simply so easy. You spray it on and the hair comes off.
  4. It’s easy to spray on your back to get those difficult to reach hairs (like in your  buttcrack)
  5. The spray makes it so I can completely apply it without getting my hands gunked up with stinky cream
  6. It’s easy to stow away
  7. It is much cheaper than getting waxed by a professional every two weeks

Out of all the things I’ve tried I’ve found the best most effective manscaping method is hair removal creams! Yes, there is a difference between the spray and the cream. For some reason, the spray removes more hair than the cream even if I’ve applied the cream generously.

How does it work?

These creams work by denaturing the proteins in the hair causing the hair shafts to lose structural integrity thereby rendering them incapable of withstanding the mechanical insult of a cloth being wiped over them.

In other words, they safely melt the hair away.

(I knew those two years studying biology would come in handy someday!)

I know what you’re thinking. The creams for sensitive skin should be a better choice! 

Not true!

You see the hair around your butt and pubic region is what’s known as terminal hair. This hair tends to be extremely thick as its evolutionary purpose is thought to display sexual maturity to others.

Those ‘light’ hair removal creams just don’t pack the punch that you will need to get rid of the hair down there.

In fact, many users of ‘light’ hair removal creams have higher instances of chemical burns because they leave it on too long to get better removal results.

Veet regular strength left my skin feeling damaged and cracked.  The sensitive light formula didn’t get a lot of the hair off and I had to leave it on way past the recommended time to get any results at all.

Regular Nair worked better but still not as good! It still missed some spots on my thick chest and buttcrack hair.

Other questions

How do you use it?
You spray the product onto the area(s) where you have unwanted hair. You let it sit on those areas for 4 minutes but no longer than 10 minutes. From there you go into the shower wash it off along with your unwanted hair
How long should I leave it on?
That depends on the thickness of your hair. Probably an average Asian wouldn’t need to leave it on for longer than 3-4 minutes maximum. However, for someone like me with thick coarse hair, I have to leave it one for 10.
Is it dangerous?
No. So long as you follow the instructions the product is not dangerous. It’s important to note as soon as you feel your skin tingling its time to wash it off!

Manscaping with cream tips

There are some basic tips that all cream manscapers need to do to avoid injury or infection.

  1. If you use a depilatory hair removal cream make sure the area you are about to manscape is clean and dry before applying the cream
  2. Make sure you test whatever cream you decide on a small area first! This is just to make sure the stuff jives well with your skin.
  3. If you somehow don’t get all the hairs that’s okay! It won’t kill you. Please wait a couple of days before using the cream again.
  4. Use The Crop Preserver to prevent chafing and ingrown hairs
  5. After that moisturize your skin afterward with an aloe vera based moisturizer.  My personal favorite is Organic Aloe Vera Gel. It just really helps facilitate epidemic regeneration. It also helps to heal sunburns, acne, and even razor bumps! The best part is it’s not expensive.
  6. Use Stop Grow to prevent the hair from ever growing back!

A Possible Downside of Hair Removal with Cream

Some people who manscape with cream say it’s not effective and it burns. If you experience discomfort with using cream it’s usually because you didn’t use enough cream and therefore had to leave it on too long or your body hair might just be too thick to use cream safely.

If that is the case then try a good body groomer. The LawnMower is great because it’s inexpensive and includes attachments for ear, nose, and body hair removal. Clipper technology has greatly improved over the years. Now body hair clippers are skin sensitive and shower proof. A lot of guys also like it because they find it quicker than waiting 10 minutes for the cream to do its thing.

 

Overall

Overall Nair Hair Removal Spray is the right choice for me. It removed my body hair quickly and easily thus making me more presentable to Asian men and more importantly increasing my self-confidence. If you like being smooth as much as I do then Nair Hair For Men is your best bet!

 

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How (Really) to Get Rid of Ingrown Hair

Many of us have them. Those with curly hair are more likely to get them than others. The good news they’re not impossible to get rid of! This article will discuss how to get rid of ingrown hair and how to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

What is the cause of ingrown hair?

Ingrown hair is a condition where hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair.

It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis) or “razor bumps” (pseudofolliculitis barbae), which vary in size.

While ingrown hair most commonly appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed (beard, legs, pubic region), it can appear anywhere.

Anything which causes the hair to be broken off unevenly with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are also caused because of lack of natural exfoliation in the skin.

After a hair has been shaved, it begins to grow back. Curly hair tends to curl into the skin instead of straight out the follicle, leading to an inflammation reaction.

This can make the skin look purple and red, and in some cases, it can even look like pimples. These inflamed papules or pustules can form especially if the area becomes infected.

This is especially problematic for black men who have naturally beautiful, coarse, or tightly curled thick hair. Curly hair increases the likelihood of ingrown hairs by a factor of 50!

Two types of ingrown hairs

There are two types of ingrown hairs transfollicular and extrafollicular.

The extrafollicular hair is a hair that has exited the follicle and reentered the skin.

Extrafollicular Ingrown Hairs

The transfollicular hair never exits the follicle, but because of its naturally curly nature curls back into the follicle causing fluid build-up and irritation.

Transfollicular Ingrown Hairs

Genetic Factors 

There is even a gene that has been linked to razor bumps. There is evidence that those with a keratin gene mutation are more likely to have ingrown hairs. This is because the gene structurally weakens the hair shaft making it more likely the beard will ingrown.

Keloid Scaring

Man with keloid scarring in the beard area

If left untreated over time, razor bumps can turn into keloid or raised scarring in the beard area. This especially happens if the razor bumps become infected.

A keloid scar is a result of an overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. Keloid scars are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to the color of the person’s skin or red to dark brown in color.

A keloid scar is benign (non-cancerous) and not contagious, but sometimes accompanied by severe itchiness, pain, and changes in texture.

In severe cases, it can affect the movement of skin. Keloid scars are seen 15 times more frequently in black people than whites.

Old school ingrown hair removal

The tried and true old-fashioned method to get rid of ingrown hair is with a warm damp washcloth and a pair of tweezers.

Step 1: Sterilize your tweezers by holding the pointed end on a flame for 30-60 seconds

Step 2: Soak a clean washcloth in warm water

Step 3: Press the washcloth against the skin for 3 minutes. They say it will soften the hair to bring it closer to the surface.

Step 4: With your sterilized tweezers gentle grab at the hair and pull out the embedded end

Step 5: Clean the area with Dr. Squatch Men’s Soap Bar. It’s organic and handmade in the USA

Here is a video of this being done with a needle.

As you can see this method is quite time consuming and painful. Luckily for us there are better ways to remove ingrown hairs.

New school ingrown hair removal

1. Exfoliate!

Use an exfoliating brush to help dislodge the hair. This brush has a patented design to easily and painlessly expose ingrown hairs via exfoliation.

Instructions:

Step 1: Clean the area to be treated

Step 2: Soak it with a warm damp washcloth.

Step 3: Move the brush in a circular motion around the affected area.

Most people use it in or after the shower

 

2. Use TendSkin liquid ingrown hair treatment

This animal cruelty-free product is very popular to remove ingrown hairs.  I  actually recommend you use it in combination with the Wizker brush.

This is the best aftershave to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps on the market. Aftershave is really the wrong word since you need to apply it for a few days after you’ve shaved.

It works by using  Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) as its  active ingredient. The ASA unblocks pores and soothes skin.  It then uses Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, and Diglycerin.

These chemicals help deliver the ASA and give a soothing  feel good sensation to the skin.

Yes, it really works!

Instructions: 

Step 1: Dry the skin first! Using it on wet can may cause an adverse reaction

Step 2: Apply a thin coat once in the morning after showing to the affected area

Step 3: Apply a thin coat to the affected after after shaving and drying the skin

 

Before and After Tendskin

3. Use a Good Shave Gel

 

A good shave gel will help to prevent ingrown hair by minimizing the irritation caused by shaving. Bump Patrol Shave Gel is dermatologist approved and proven to prevent and get rid of ingrown hairs.  People have reported positive results within one week.

Instructions

Step 1: Put a warm towel on the area to be shaved and leave it for 2 minutes

Step 2: Shave with the grain

Step 3: Apply warm towel to clean the shaved area

Step 4: Shave again this time using the side stroke across the face from the ear to the mouth

Step 5: Apply Bump Patrol After Shave

Watch a video on the shaving technique here

Before and After Bump Patrol Treatment

4. Use pfb Vanish

PFB is used by women and men to remove ingrown hairs. It contains natural ingredients such as willow bark and camphor oil. These work in tandem with other gentle ingredients to get rid of ingrown hair and keep your skin looking healthy .

Instructions: 

Step 1: Dry the skin first!

Step 2: Roll on the affected area after shaving and again at night

If waxing apply pfb Vanish for two days prior to the waxing treatment.

Before and After PFB Vanish

How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hair? Prevent! Prevent! Prevent!

Option 1 Liquids + Good Razor

As always prevention is the best medicine guys. If you want to prevent ingrown hairs we recommend using a good quality razor.

Now despite what some guys might try and sell you a $500 golden razor is not needed to prevent ingrown hairs from occurring in the first place.

First, you can use Tend Skin or pfb Vanish in the morning prior to shaving.

Then you want a good razor.

As discussed in my How to Prevent Razor Bumps Article I recommend Bump Fighter Razors.

I love these because they’re inexpensive and they get the job done.

Option 2: Philips Norelco Oneblade QP6520/70 Pro Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver

I love the Philips Norelco Oneblade Razor!

It trims close and can shave even closer but not too close to avoid skin irritation. The blade lasts up to 4 months and is replaceable.

It’s wet dry capable and of course, contains a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.  With its 14 length settings, you can choose whatever length is best for you.

I recommend the second to last shortest length to leave 1.5mm of stubble in order to prevent ingrown hairs.

I hope you found this article useful and I value your feedback!

Finally, consider Turmeric and Bioperine to keep your skin radiant and less susceptible to scaring from ingrown hairs.

 

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How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps

Pseudofolliculitis barbae, a scientific term better known as razor bumps, are those horrible scars that appear in the beard areas on the faces of many men. While they can difficult to eliminate, it is not impossible. This article explains how.

The Cause

After a hair has been shaved, it begins to grow back. Curly hair tends to curl into the skin instead of straight out the follicle, leading to an inflammation reaction. This can make  the skin look purple and red, and in some cases, it can even look like pimples. These inflamed papules or pustules can form especially if the area becomes infected.

This is especially problematic for black men who have naturally beautiful ,coarse, or tightly curling, thick hair. Curly hair increases the likelihood of razor bumps by a factor of 50!

Two types of ingrown hairs

There are two types of ingrown hairs transfollicular and extrafollicular.

The extrafollicular hair is a hair that has exited the follicle and reentered the skin.

Extrafollicular Ingrown Hairs

The transfollicular hair never exits the follicle, but because of its naturally curly nature curls back into the follicle causing fluid build-up and irritation.

Transfollicular Ingrown Hairs

Genetic Factors 

There is even a gene that has been linked to razor bumps. There is evidence that those with a keratin gene mutation are more likely to have ingrown hairs. This is because the gene structurally weakens the hair shaft making it more likely the beard will ingrown.

Keloid Scaring

Man with keloid scarring in the beard area

If left untreated over time, razor bumps can turn into keloid or raised scarring in the beard area. This especially happens if the razor bumps become infected. A keloid scar is a result of an overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. Keloid scars are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to the color of the person’s skin or red to dark brown in color. A keloid scar is benign (non cancerous) and not contagious, but sometimes accompanied by severe itchiness, pain, and changes in texture. In severe cases, it can affect movement of skin. Keloid scars are seen 15 times more frequently in black people than whites.

The Solutions

Grow a beard

The easiest solution is for Black men to simply grow a beard. Besides being more natural is prevents any of the aforementioned problems with razor bumps and ingrown hairs. If you do grow a beard please take care of it gracefully. Some dudes get lazy and think because they grow a beard that they don’t have to do anything.

What you need if you decide to grow a beard:

A good beard trimming kit. You can get one from amazon for between 15-30 bucks.

Next you’ll need some beard oil and/or leave in conditioner. This is so you beard stays soft.

Finally you’ll need a beard comb. This is important as you don’t want debris stuck in your beard. Eww!

If you’ve got grey strands you can get Blackbeard FormulaX beard coloring

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Bump Fighter Razors and Tendskin

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Many men don’t want a beard. To them it looks too masculine and detracts from the pretty-boy look they are going for. If that’s you no problem  just shave with bump fighter razors. These razors are designed specifically for black men. They work because the blade never actually touches the skin. Users still, however, report a clean shave. A box of 48 can last over a year.


Next, you can use TendSkin. This is the best aftershave to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps on the market. Aftershave is really the wrong word since you need to apply it for a few days after you’ve shaved. It works by using  Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) as its  active ingredient. The ASA unblocks pores and soothes skin.  It then uses Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, and Diglycerin. These chemicals help deliver the ASA and give a soothing  feel good sensation to the skin.  Yes it really works.

Before and After TendSkin

Whatever you do please don’t use those cheap throw-away razors. They will slice your face up and you will regret having ever used them.  There are many solutions to razor bumps. You don’t have to just accept them! If you do these things chances are good you reduce or even eliminate your razor bumps forever.