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😕🤣🙂 Getting razor bumps on a sensitive and visible area like your neck is the worst—is there anything you can do to get rid of them? Razor bumps happen when your very short, freshly shaved hairs curve back into your skin and become ingrown. Fortunately, there are a variety of simple ways to soothe your skin and unclog your pores to release the hairs and remove the bumps. We’ve put together a helpful list of ways to get rid of and prevent razor bumps on your neck. If you’re ready for a clean, hassle-free shave, keep scrolling!

This article is based on an interview with our board certified dermatologist, Navid Malakouti. Check out the full interview here.

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Wash your neck with an exfoliating scrub.

  1. A gentle exfoliant sloughs away dead skin cells trapping the ingrown hair.Apply the exfoliant to the affected area according to the instructions. Most often, you’ll gently rub the exfoliant in circular motions for a few minutes and then rinse your neck with warm water.[4]
    • Exfoliating cleansers often include sugar, salt, ground up fruit pits, or tiny beads that manually rub and remove dead skin.
    • Instead of an exfoliating cleanser, try using a washcloth or gentle brush to rub away dead skin cells and guide short hairs out of clogged pores.
    • Regular exfoliation is a great way to get rid of and prevent future razor bumps on your neck.

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Use products with salicylic or glycolic acid.

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Try an electric razor on a low setting.

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      • Try not to pick at your razor bumps or ingrown hairs. They’ll take longer to heal and you’ll increase the risk of scarring, infection, or discoloration.
      • If your razor bumps are visible, painful, or infected after treating them at home, visit a dermatologist for stronger treatments like steroid creams, topical retinoids, or prescription medication.
      • In severe cases, electrolysis or laser hair removal might be recommended by a dermatologist to prevent future razor bumps.[14]

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      This article was written by Navid Malakouti, MD, FAAD and by wikiHow staff writer, Dan Hickey. Dr. Navid Malakouti is a Board Certified Dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and medical dermatology. He treats patients of all ages for conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, skin cancer, botox, fillers, lasers, and chemical peel. Dr. Malakouti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Fellow of American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a member of the Skin of Color Society. He holds a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from The University of California, San Diego and an MD from The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He completed his Dermatology residency in Washington D.C. at Howard University, VA Medical Center, Children's National Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health. This article has been viewed 4,471 times.
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