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It’s a well-known and unavoidable fact – men get ingrown hairs. They’re unsightly, painful, and take days to get rid of. An ingrown hair occurs when an ordinary facial or body hair takes an unexpected turn… literally. This often happens after shaving, when hairs grow back into the skin instead of out toward the light — creating a nasty red bump.
For the rest of the day, you try to forget about and ignore that itchy, angry, bright red bump everyone keeps staring at. But no matter how hard you try, it’s at the forefront of your consciousness, eating away at your confidence and style.
And it feels hopeless because you think you did everything right! How in the world can you possibly prevent something like this from happening?SHOP ALL INGROWN HAIR TREATMENTS
Ingrown hairs are actually skin wounds.
Ingrown hairs are baby hairs that are trying to break the surface of the skin — but somehow they just don’t make it. Instead, they push just under the skin, curl inward, and begin growing down back into the epidermis (other layers of the skin). This causes inflammation, redness, itchiness... and irritation...on so many levels!
Now, sometimes this “curling back” happens when there is dead skin, oil, or dirt clogging the pores of your skin, creating a blockage to the pore your hair would normally grow from.
Sometimes ingrown hairs occur simply because your body and/or facial hair is curly. If you have curly hair that you shave close to the skin, it actually sharpens the end of the hair. Then when it tries to break through, it pierces the skin. This causes real irritation — even if the hair makes it through the pore, it’s going to be red and sensitive, just like a small wound.
Lastly, you can get ingrown hair if you haven’t exfoliated and moisturized your skin properly. If your skin is dry, your pores will be open, but tight — kind of like tiny, shallow craters. The hair will have a hard time making it through the pore gently and instead can cause irritation when it bursts through.
It’s also hard to get the dirt and blockages out of dry, tight skin. As for oily skin, it’s usually clogged with oil. Even if the hair makes it through, the oil can attract dirt, and cause serious blockages around the root of the hair. Again, more irritation.
So what can you do to make this embarrassing painful situation go away (or prevent it in the first place)?
A well-rounded pre-shave routine is the best way to prevent ingrown hairs from digging in. Start with a hot shower to soften up face and whiskers. Once warm, use a facial cleanser (and a scrub 1-2 times per week) to prime the skin’s surface. Next, check your shave equipment. If your blade is gnarly or rusty, ingrown hairs will be the least of your worries. Changing up the blades may be costly, but they’re worth it for your skin’s health.
After the face is prepped and equipment checked, get started by applying a shave oil and shaving cream. Work them in aggressively and allow them to tenderize the skin before shaving to improve razor glide and skin protection. Get all your pre and post-shave products in one handy kit with Grooming Lounge’s Greatest Shave Ever Kit.SHOP ALL FACE WASHES