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Why Do Black Men Get Razor Bumps?

Black men tend to get razor bumps far more easily and more often than men of other ethnicities. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 80% of black men will get razor bumps at some point during their lives. Why is that? And, how do you avoid razor bumps while still getting the best shave? Black men tend to have body hair that is curly and wiry. Curly, wiry hair tends to turn back around and re-enter the skin, causing an inflammatory immune reaction that results in razor bumps, keloid scarring, discoloration, and even infection. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to combat these nasty irritations while maintaining a smooth, clean-shaven look. Why does hair get ingrown? When curly hair is cut short enough that it sits underneath the skin’s surface, it tends to curl back on itself as it’s growing out and re-enters the skin, creating razor bumps.…