The Cutting Edge: Preventing Razor Bumps

New Treatments for Razor Bumps

I conducted a formal clinical trial in the mid-1990s using an 8 percent glycolic acid lotion on 30 volunteers twice daily over an eight-week period. At the end of the study, all of the volunteers experienced a 60 percent reduction in razor bumps.

Armed with this exciting new discovery, I added alpha lipoic acid, a powerful natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, to the glycolic acid lotion to see if I could get even better results. Alpha lipoic acid is the most potent antioxidant out there for turning off inflammation. It's 400 times stronger than its potent cousins, vitamins C and E!

In a second clinical trial, I instructed a group of 30 volunteers to apply the lipoic acid/alpha-hydroxy mixture twice a day over eight weeks. That group experienced an overall 80 percent reduction in razor bumps, and the results were apparent sooner than were those in the first clinical trial.

Today, I treat my patients suffering from razor burns with a mixture of the two. Glycolic acid is available in most pharmacies. Using that alone will help most people achieve the same results borne out in the first study. The lotion that I used in the trials is available under the brandname Aqua Glycolic Hand and Body Lotion. It's an excellent product and one of the oldest products of its kind on the market.

So, if you suffer with painful and unsightly razor bumps, apply the glycolic lotion immediately after shaving and again in the evening (you may experience some stinging, but that should stop within a minute or two. If a rash develops, see your dermatologist).

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