How to Avoid Ingrown Hairs

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Avoid Ingrown HairsShaving any part of the body can lead to ingrown hairs, whether it is your face, under arms or legs. Hairs become ingrown when the cut or shaved hair starts to grow back, but instead of growing straight, the hair curls back and underneath the skin. Not only are these razor bumps unattractive, they are also painful. The area reddens and swells up, creating hard little bumps.

The good news is that by taking just a few precautions you can minimize the lifespan of ingrown hairs and possibly avoid them in the future.

Treating: The first step to avoiding razor bumps is to begin treating the ones you already have with a product that will clear and exfoliate the pores. For the body, we suggest KP Duty dermatologist body scrub with chemical + physical exfoliation to gently resurface, retexturize and exfoliate skin while removing dead cells and easing the hair out of the follicle.  For the face, we recommend Physical Chemistry facial microdermabrasion + multiacid chemical peel.

Prevention: Besides treating ingrown hairs, regular exfoliation is key in preventing these bumps from starting. Reach for your KP Duty dermatologist body scrub or Physical Chemistry facial scrub every few days to keep skin in tip-top shape. You could also use a loofah or invest in a brush with soft bristles; both feel great against your skin. With a small amount of gentle soap, rub the loofah or brush against the skin in a circular manner. This helps to dislodge embedded hairs and discard dead skin cells.

Shaving Tips: In order to prevent ingrown hairs from popping up again, avoid shaving creams that are foam-based. Additionally, you want to only use products that are non-acnegenic and intended for sensitive skin. This will help prevent the irritation and dryness that leads to these unsightly bumps.

A surprising cause of ingrown hairs is shaving too close. The use of multiple blades can actual cut the hair below the surface of the skin, leading to the possibility of more ingrown hairs. Save some money by skipping the multi-blade razors and use a single blade. You also want to avoid putting too much pressure on the blade when it is against the skin and work with cool or lukewarm water when shaving.

Speaking of water, make sure to thoroughly wet the skin area before shaving, giving the hair time to soften. Then use a gel shaving cream and shave in the direction of hair growth. While many shave against the grain for maximum smoothness, shaving with the grain of growth cuts the hair straight, making it less likely to grow backwards and under the skin. These tips are especially important if you suffer from ingrown hairs in the underarm area, a location many women find is prone to the unseemly bumps. To keep the underarms smooth, check out the Gorilla Warfare hair minimizing antiperspirant. This multi-tasking product keeps you dry and fresh, while slowing the growth of hair and ultimately aiding in the fight against ingrown hairs. While you may occasionally still find an ingrown hair bump or two, taking these small steps can reduce the likelihood of these painful and unsightly annoyances.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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