Prevention first. If not cure.
Everything you need to know about avoiding and/or treating ingrown hairs.
Ingrown hair is a concern where a hair or multiple hairs curl back or grow sideways into the skin after shaving or waxing, instead of rising up and out from the follicle. Ingrown hair is particularly prevalent with people who have thick and or curly hair. They can be itchy, appear as rash-like or a red, raised razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae) and in some cases may infect the hair follicle (folliculitis) and appear as a spot.
It’s important to not pick, squeeze or scratch ingrown hair as this can allow bacteria in to the ‘wound’, increasing risk of infection and potentially a scar. Often ingrown hair disappears on its own accord but a sterile needle or tweezers can be gently used to coax out a trapped hair. If the hair is trapped deep into the skin, you may require a trip to the doctor where he or she can remove the hair with a small incision via a scalpel. There are also prescription medications such as steroid creams, retinoids and antibiotics. These are however the the last resort, and as always prevention is key.
- Shower before shaving to raise hair away from the skin.
- Scrub the skin to remove debris such as dead skin cells which can clog pores.
- Shave with a sharp, single-bladed razor to avoid tug and pull of hair.
- Apply a pre-shave oil and good quality shave cream to prevent as little contact between blade and skin as possible.
- Shave in the same direction your beard hair grows, and not too close with light but firm strokes.
- Rinse the blade often.
- After rinsing any shaving product residue with warm water, splash your face with cold water to seal pores.
- Follow with a good quality after-shave balm (ingrown hair specific, see below) with healing properties to avoid any infection.
If after trying our suggested preventative shaving method you are still unfortunate enough to suffer with ingrown hair, there are solutions available from Niven & Joshua to help speed up eradication them from your skin.
Malin+Goetz Ingrown Hair Cream addresses problems associated with ingrown hair, such as inflammation and irritation. It’s made with soothing chamomile extract, and Vitamins E and B5 to hydrate the skin and support it’s natural replenishment after shaving.
The Cool Fix by Anthony helps release trapped or ingrown hairs from underneath the skin, kills bacteria, and prevents reoccurrence. This is best applied as a preventative measure after shaving, and for a day or so subsequently. They even have a Rollerball for any specific spots on the skin or ingrown hairs.
While the Cool Fix is a great all round solution for post-shaving trauma and preventing ingrown hairs, Anthony’s Ingrown Hair Treatment is much more targeted as a cure; with a combination of Glycolic, Salicylic and Phytic Acids to gently remove dead skin, fight bacteria and free ingrown hair.
To conclude; as always- prevention is king… choose a sensible shaving routine with good products to reduce the risk of infection. If it’s too late, and ingrown hair is apparent, opt for a specific treatment to calm and quickly eradicate the ingrown hair. If you wax regularly and suffer with ingrown hairs, be sure to follow up treatment with one of the products above.
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