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Dermals: Taking Care of Microdermals

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Microdermals are beautiful pieces of jewelry. I’ve gotten dermals done nine times (I still have six) and I love them to pieces but there is not a lot of information circulating about them. How do they stay in? How do you get them? How much do they cost? Can you change them? What if they start to reject? Are they irritated? Getting a new piercing can be confusing but luckily, I’m here to teach you all about them so you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Microdermals are small, decorative pieces of jewelry that can be placed virtually anywhere. It’s best to get them in low impact areas because they never fully “heal” (they don’t develop a fistula like more traditional piercings) therefore they can reject at any point, especially if they’re snagged or bumped. Dermals are also semi-permanent because they only have a single entry point and must be removed through small incisions, making them harder to remove in the case of an MRI.

So how does it stay in?

Saint Sabrina’s was my go-to guide when I first began to consider dermals. She describes dermals as a leg and a foot, with the foot being the anchor that stays in your skin. The anchor has holes in it to allow the tissue to grow through it and anchor it down. You can change the jewel after 2 – 3 months by simply unscrewing the top.

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How dermals look

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Getting Rid of Razor Bumps

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Razor bumps are very unsightly, not to mention annoyingly itchy. The good news is that I’m going to share with you a few ways to get rid of and prevent them.

Getting Rid of Them

  1. Rub Hydrocortisone cream on the irritated area twice a day, three times a week until the razor bumps are gone.
    1. Don’t do it more than instructed or the area will become more irritated.
  2. Rub on Aloe Vera to soothe the irritation.
  3. Mary Kay Calming Influence soothes the irritation.
  4. Tend Skin is sold at Walgreens or you can buy it on Amazon by clicking the hyperlink.
  5. Dab on Visine then let it air dry.
  6. Rub on Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter to moisturize the area.
  7. Salicylic Acid
    1. If you don’t have salicylic acid, you can crush up Aspirin and mix it with water to create a paste you can rub onto the bumps. Wash it off after it dries.
  8. Don’t rub the bumps as this will increase the irritation.
  9. Keep the skin moisturized. Non-scented, non-oily lotion works well.

Prevention

  1. Soak in warm water for at least five minutes before you shave to open your pores.
  2. Let a shaving cream or shaving gel sit on the area to be shaved for a few minutes.
    1. I personally find shaving cream to irritate my skin so I opt to go without it.
  3. Throw out dull or rusty razors.
    1. Razors are typically only good for about three or four uses before the start to knick you.
  4. Rinse your razor with rubbing alcohol before and after every use to prevent bacteria.
  5. Use razors with moisture strips. Trust me, they feel so much better.
  6. Don’t press down on the razor as you shave. Although it might give you a closer shave, it will also give you razor bumps and irritated skin.
  7. Give the hair time to grow before you shave again. Yep, that means waiting 2-3 days.
  8. Gently exfoliate either right before you shave or on a day that you don’t shave. An exfoliating scrub, loofah, or mitt, works well. If you have very sensitive skin, I wouldn’t suggest the loofah.
  9. Do not go over the same area twice. As much as you want a close shave, you will regret doing this later.
  10. Shave in the shower. Not only is the warm water good for shaving, but the steam will also soften the skin and help you get a closer shave without the razor burn.
  11. Don’t shave against the grain of your hair, meaning shave in the direction your hair is going.
  12. Rinse the area with cold water to close the pores.
  13. Pat dry. Do not rub dry or you will increase the irritation.
  14. Wipe deodorant over the area after shaving and patting dry. Yes, deodorant. It clogs the pores, thereby preventing razor bumps from forming. Baby powder also works.
  15. Don’t wear tight clothing. Tight clothing will rub against the freshly shaved area and increase irritation.

Say good-bye to razor bumps and happy shaving!