Shaving Tips For Preventing Ingrown Hairs

Preventing ingrown hairs and shave bumps, as well as treating them after you get one, is easy if you know what to do.

Hair removal is an option for some, but an essential part of a beauty routine for others. There are various ways to smooth and hairless results, but some result in dermatological problems such as ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are a result of shaving. When the hair begins to grow back, sometimes it will either grow under the skin or curl back under the skin. These result in unsightly and sometimes irritated skin bumps. If you are fair skin, ingrown hairs will cause inflamed and red bumps. If you are darker in skin tone, they will be dark. Either way they are aesthetically challenging, especially in the bikini area. So how does one prevent ingrown hairs, when shaving?

There are several techniques to use, to prevent ingrown hairs. The primary technique is to choose a multi-blade razor. Use a two to four blade razor to get the smoothest results.

After shaving, it is advisable to use an antibiotic topical ointment on the shaved area. The antibiotic properties will discourage infection of the shaved area, in case any nicks were incurred. The other major ingredient in the ointment is an exfollient. The exfollient, when used on a daily basis, will remove a layer of the skin of the shaved area. This prevents ingrown hairs, because as the hair would normally grow, or curl under the skin, a layer of skin is removed, allowing the hair to grow out without obstruction. These exfollients can be found in gel or liquid format. They may sting, when applied after a fresh shave, because they are high in alcohol concentration.

Using a shaving gel is essential in reducing the chance of ingrown hairs. The gel aids in the gliding of the blade over the skin, thus reducing irritation and nicks. It is the irritated and inflamed skin that closes off, and causes blockage of the hair leading to ingrown hairs. One can double your moisture protection by using a razor with a moisturizing strip. The moisture strips are comprised of moisturizers such as aloe, cocoa butter and lanolin.

Shaving the hair on a daily basis is another way to avoid ingrown hairs. Especially the ones the partially grown out, and then curl back under the skin. Regular shaving trims the hair before it has a chance to reverse its growth direction. Regular shaving also aids in exfoliating the skin, to prevent obstruction of the hair strands during growth.

Using warm water along with shaving gel assists in opening up the pores when shaving. Keeping the pores open, allows access to hairs that may be on their way to becoming an ingrown hair. Immediately after the shave, follow up with cold water or an astringent to reclose pores.

If one suffers form ingrown hairs in the underarm section, strict hygiene may remedy the problem. Always make sure to clean away all traces of deodorant. Because deodorant enters the pores to combat odors, it also encourages ingrown hair growth.

Ingrown hairs can be unsightly at the least, or painful at the most. Using moisturizers, and clean multi-blade razors reduces the chance of having ingrown hair. Exfollients also assist in the chance of one having a smooth and flawless shaving experience.

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