If your skin develops red bumps that hurt subsequent to shaving, this may be due to Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB). PFB is an inflammatory condition that primarily affects people with dense, curly hair. It is common in people of African, Eastern and Mediterranean background with coarse hair, for which laser hair removal is becoming a popular alternative to shaving.
This occurs when this kind of hair is shaven very close to the skin. When the hair begins to grow back, it curls into the skin. The sharp end pierces the skin, which causes the inflammation and red bumps which are painful. This condition can be avoided by waiting for the hair to grow out before shaving. Moistening the skin, clipping or trimming the hair before shaving and cooling it with cold water after also helps. If nothing helps, then shaving should be avoided altogether. PFB is a chronic condition. It can be treated with creams and ointments that are applied directly to the affected area.
Alternative hair removal methods like chemical hair removers or laser hair removal are more effective and cause less pain. Laser is done by damaging the hair follicle with a wavelength that is absorbed by the hair. It can be very effective and is administered by dermatologists.