5 Easy Ways to Prevent Ingrown Hairs Once and For All
Ingrown hairs. They’re red, they’re irritated... and they can totally ruin your look and your confidence.
The good news? They’re largely avoidable - and there’s a lot you can do to prevent ingrown hairs and treat them once they appear.
Here’s what you should know.
The Basics: Understanding Ingrown Hairs
So what are ingrown hairs and why do they pop up to begin with?
What Is an Ingrown Hair?
An ingrown hair is one that bends under the skin as it grows, rather than pushing through the skin like it should. As the hair continues to grow, you might notice a red bump, itchiness, discomfort, or a pimple-like sore start to develop.
Common Causes of Ingrown Hairs
- An accumulation of dead skin cells on the face which clog hair follicles and block the hair's proper growth path.
- Hair that is cut too close to the skin; when it regrows the sharp, short end pierces the skin
- Curly hair, which is more likely to re-enter the skin after it has been shaven or cut due to its growth pattern
Five Tips to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Most ingrown hairs resolve on their own and eventually make their way out of the skin. However, you might not want to wait for this process to play out (and you probably want to prevent it from happening to begin with).
Here are five tips to help prevent and treat your ingrown hairs.
Regular, gentle exfoliation can slough off these dead cells, helping to prevent build-up and allowing active ingredients to penetrate the skin more effectively (read: healthier, happier skin).
For the best results, use natural face scrub for men with non-irritating scrub particles like jojoba beads and pumice.
2. Get Out Your Tweezers
Yes, you can tweeze ingrown hairs - but don’t squeeze them. Just like with acne spots, squeezing an ingrown hair will worsen inflammation. And it’s not even guaranteed to actually remove the hair.
Instead, use tweezers to gently break the skin and free up the hair. But try not to pull the hair out! The hair that grows in its place might become ingrown as well.
3. Use Antimicrobial Ingredients
Incorporate antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredients into your men's skincare routine to keep those ingrown hairs under control. Look specifically for ingredients like:
- Tea tree oil, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral
- Vitamin E, an antioxidant that soothes skin and fights inflammation
- Aloe vera to moisturize, calm, and nourish the skin
- Jojoba to soothe, hydrate, and rebuild your skin’s natural barrier
4. Invest in a Good Razor
Use a sharp, high-quality razor - and replace the blades regularly. Some of the biggest ingrown hair issues happen when people shave too closely with blades that are too dull. An old blade can push unwanted debris or bacteria into your skin. Not great.
Make sure, then, that your razor is new and sharp and that you:
- Don’t shave too closely to the skin
- Rinse the blade with water after every stroke
- Don’t shave too frequently - if possible, every other day
- Shave in the direction of hair growth
You can read more about how to get the perfect shave here.
5. Don’t Skimp on the Shave Products
Shave cream and shave oil each soften hair and lift it away from the skin, allowing for a clean, irritation-free shave. The best products also provide key nutrients - like jojoba, aloe vera, and vitamin E - to nourish the skin, moisturize your face, and prevent any dryness or bacteria build-up.
Similarly, an alcohol-free, natural aftershave with soothe your freshly-shaven face to prevent irritation, bumps, redness, and ingrown hairs.
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