If adapting a new shaving technique, exfoliating and trying over-the-counter remedies aren't enough to tackle the problem, it's time to break out the big guns.
If your bumps are more than mildly inflamed, you may benefit from the advice of a medical health professional. Topical treatments such as tretinoin cream or lotions containing glycolic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps improve the skin's overall texture and reduce fine lines) may help the skin cells slough off faster. Prescription-strength hydrocortisone creams can help reduce redness and inflammation. Doctors may also prescribe topical or oral antibiotics to help clear any secondary infections that may have developed in the hair follicle.
Above all else, one foolproof way to get rid of shaving bumps is to shave less often or not at all. If you shave daily, try skipping a day or two, or consider growing your hair out. If you can't or don't want to grow out your hair, consider treatments such as depilatories, electrolysis or laser hair removal.
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