As the summer months approach, do you ever feel like, ” I wish I didn’t have to shave and be hair free for the summer!” or ” I hate those razor bumps and shave rashes we all get!”

So let me tell you why and how to best treat those nasty little hairs. The razor bump, a common and incredibly annoying issue that just won’t go away seemingly no matter what method of shaving you try- people no longer have to live with the pain and embarrassment that ingrown hairs or razor bumps can bring.

So what causes razor bumps?  Razor bumps are quite often confused with razor burn. Both conditions occur after shaving and cause irritation of the skin, but in fact are completely separate. Whereas razor burn is really just an irritation or rash after a dry shave or even with shaving creams, razor bumps are actually ingrown hairs, or in medical terms, pseudofolliculitis barbae.  Ingrown hairs are hairs that are growing underneath the skin, either because the hair never properly grew out of the follicle after shaving or because it eventually curled and grew back into the skin.

The reason why razor bumps occur is pretty straightforward . The point where the hair enters the skin  typically gets infected due to dead skin cells, oil and dirt , all of which leads to the inflamed red spots we all know and despise.

So what can kill three birds with one stone you ask? Wouldn’t it be great never to shave your arm pits, legs or your bikini line? No more shaving, no more razor bumps, no more razor burns? Well ,the best solution is permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal is the most popular and well-known kind of permanent hair removal – but is it the best? You can be sure that laser hair removal is much more effective with less annoying side effects than shaving, plucking, using hair removal cream, or waxing.

Generally, laser works great for pale-skinned patients with dark hair who want to reduce the unwanted hair on their upper lip, arm-pits, bikini line and legs, but can also be used on other areas that you dislike hair growth. It doesn’t work as well on dark-skinned or light-haired people (they may require more sessions ). Laser removal usually takes 4-6 sessions to achieve complete hair eradication but could require more or less. These sessions are recommended to be spaced at a month to six weeks apart. For some people ongoing sessions will be required to keep all hair at bay. So if you feel like hair is not your cup of summer tea. Maybe hair removal is just what the DOCTOR NICOLAIDES ordered . 😉

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