Ingrown Hairs

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Causes

What causes these unsightly, painful, pimple-like bumps? An ingrown hair can happen when a hair curls back into the follicle at the skins surface or when it is pushed under the skin after shaving. This irritates the skin and clogs the follicle. Sebum oil produced within the follicle will begin to build up, increasing pollution, leading to the raised red bump you see.

Several issues contribute to these unruly hairs; incorrect shaving techniques, poor quality products, and dull razors are all factors that may lead to ingrown hairs, but do not worry … follow Foreman's advice and you'll have control of your face before you know it.

Prevention

  • Shaving in the shower or right after you get out helps tremendously. The steam from the shower opens your pores and allows for a closer shave.
  • Use a badger hair brush to apply your shaving product. The brush helps lift the beard, allowing the hair to be cut at a better angle.
  • Change blades weekly (every 3 to 5 shaves is recommended).
  • RELAX !!! Tensing up while you shave can cause you to shave too close, shaving off skin instead of hair … also known as razor burn , which increases the likelihood of ingrown hairs.
  • Pat or dab on (rubbing increases irritation an is more likely to push a hair back in) an antiseptic shave balm after shaving to disinfect and reduce inflammation.

Treatment

  • In the unfortunate instance you do get an ingrown hair, you do not want to nick it during shaving, squeeze or pluck it, any one of these actions may re-infect the area, prolonging healing.
  • Ready yourself a good ingrown hair tweezer (very sharp and pointy; also good for splinters), and lift the end of the hair out from the skin (DO NOT PLUCK). Cleanse the area afterward.
  • Apply a treatment specifically made for ingrown hairs. This will expedite the healing process and nourish the skin.

Ingrown hairs are one of life's uncomfortable discomforts, but if you yourself with some knowledge and quality products, you can fight back!

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Source by Jared O'Neal