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Those Damn Razor Bumps
Black men in general and most all men of color have a specific need for tailored skin care because of their naturally curly facial hair, potential for dry skin, and uneven pigmentation. These problems can be remedied. If you are good to your skin others will surely notice.
Let’s discuss facial hair. Yes, really. According to Bnet.com, an article originally published in 1990 by Ebony Magazine, black men have naturally curly facial hair, which presents a problem while shaving. The hair, having been cut at an angle, can curl in on itself and become embedded into the skin. This can result in ingrown hairs or facial bumps. Shaving over these bumps, of course, cuts the skin open and can result in infection. Can you say ouch?!
One solution for millions of brothers is growing a beard. But those who can’t do this because of their profession or other circumstances, lengthening the time between shaves is a good second option. You can also relieve the pain by sterilizing a needle and carefully lifting the embedded hair away from the skin. Do not pull it out; this can cause further bumps as the follicle heals. This option is tedious but can make big difference in appearance where it counts. A great face is definitely worth it!