Sunday, June 16, 2013

AVOIDING THE BUMPY ROAD


If you happen to stumble upon this article, chances are you've probably endured an extremely frustrating experience marked by skin inflammation, itchiness, and pesky red bumps. Ingrown hairs, medically referred to as pseudofolliculitis barbae or more commonly as razor bumps, occur when the hair shaft is shaved very low, curling into the same hair follicle it grows from. Lucky for you, by following the correct shaving regimen, you can greatly decrease or even eliminate patterns of ingrown hairs.



Prep your hair. Exfoliate before you shave. This will rid of dead skin cells that may be blocking your pores. Then, rinse or soak the area with warm water in order to soften the hairs and open the follicles. You should never shave when your skin is dry or has goosebumps. You should also be using a shaving cream or a gentle lubricant so that your razor can glide over the area with ease. Never shave with just water if you are prone to ingrown hairs.


Shave with the grain. Although you can get a closer shave by shaving against your natural hair growth patterns, getting too close a shave causes the hair to curl back into the same hair follicle it grows in.


Use a sharp razor. You should throw out your razor or replace the head every 3-5 uses. When using a dull blade, you'll have to shave over the area several times, increasing your likelihood of stimulating ingrown hairs. Replacing your blades will also ensure your razor is sanitary, devoid of rust and other harmful agents.  


Use light pressure. Don't press too hard on your skin. Again, pressing too hard will render too close a shave, almost guaranteeing ingrown hairs. 


Treat your skin after you shave. Rinse the area with cold water to tighten the pores. Afterward, apply a gentle lotion {scent free for irritable skin} to avoid irritation. 


Other Pointers
  • Use an electric razor. They create a barrier between your skin and the blade, making it very difficult to cut the hair under the follicle {which is what you don't want}
  • Use permanent means of hair removal. You can't get ingrown hairs if you don't have any hair, can you? Although costly, try laser hair removal treatment or semi-permanent hair removal creams {prescription often necessary for the latter}
  • Use glycolic acid or salicylic acid on your skin. Found in many acne products, these acids exfoliate the skin while unclogging pores, lessening your chances of getting ingrown hairs.
What is your skin regimen while shaving? I'd love to learn a thing or two from the reader!

XO Taylor


4 comments:

  1. I think I've been shaving too close to the skin! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem. Thank you for the post.

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  2. I hope these tips help! I'm plagued with ingrowns!!! :(

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  3. Sometimes ingrown hairs as the side effects of hair removal creams. My skin is sensitive so I avoid using creams for hair removal. I think ingrown hairs can be cured by permanent Laser hair removal treatment.

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  4. Take it literally! You don't have to vary yourself from your usual dietary habits. All you need to Get Rid Of Cellulite do is add plenty of clean fruits and vegetables consuming plan plan.

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