Get Rid of Hair Bumps!

Seven Easy Shaving Tips to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

Hair bumps and ingrown hairs may be two different things, but shaving can be the cause of both of them.

Usually, hair bumps happen when bacteria or some other germs get past our skin, and into our hair follicles. When this happens, we can wind up with hair follicles that are not only irritated, but infected.

Ingrown hairs happen when hairs curl backwards, growing into the hair follicle, instead of coming through the surface of the skin.

While there are different causes of hair bumps, the angry-looking rash that sometimes pops up after shaving can look pretty much the same.

Sometimes, it takes more energy to find ingrown hair treatments that work than it does to avoid causing ingrown hairs in the first place.

One of the best ways to avoid razor rash is to avoid the razor. Fortunately, there are some excellent products available now that can safely remove unwanted hair, without leaving behind a rash of little pimples.

But, if we have to break out the razor, there are ways to reduce our risk of winding up with a batch of hair bumps.

Yes, this requires a little planning and a little extra time. But if the goal is getting smooth, clear skin, isn’t it worth a little effort?

Here are some tips:

1. In between shaving, exfoliate the areas you shave. You can use a loofah, a back brush, or even a soft, clean washcloth.

2. Before shaving, soften the hair. One easy way to do this is by soaking in a tub of warm water or, for facial hair, applying a warm moist washcloth to your face for several minutes before shaving.

3. Use razors with a single blade. The multiple-blade razors might give us a smoother shave, but they can also cut our hair so short that it curls back, and grows into the hair follicle–this is the start of an ingrown hair.

4. Shave in the same direction as the hair is growing. Shaving in the opposite direction–or “against the grain”–can give you a smoother shave, but this also can irritate your skin, and cause ingrown hairs.

5. Use a shaving cream, gel or lotion that softens your skin and your hair. (Check out the products featured in our Recommended Solutions.) This helps reduce the friction between your skin and the razor blade. Plus, softer hair is easier to cut.

6. Don’t pull the skin taut when you’re shaving. I confess; I’m guilty of this one–pulling the skin taut leads to a closer shave, but it can also lead to razor rash. That’s because it lets us cut the hair super-short. We may even cut it so short that it curls backward and grows into the hair follicle. This leads to–you guessed it: an ingrown hair.

7. Use an effective after-shave lotion or cream to soothe your skin after shaving. The best products are non-irritating, have little or no fragrances, and have ingredients that condition and soothe your skin.

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