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Ingrown Hair Bumps – What Increases the Risk?

Whenever you remove hair, you’re at risk for getting ingrown hair.

Ingrown hairs happen when a hair curls backward, and begins growing into the hair follicle.  Just about any type of hair removal can cause this to happen–but shaving, waxing, and tweezing are three really common reasons you wind up with ingrown hairs.

With shaving, if the hair is cut short enough, it can “spring back,” and start growing underneath the skin’s surface. People with curly, coarse hair have the greatest chance of developing ingrown hairs.

With waxing and tweezing, you remove the hair from beneath the skin’s surface. Once the hair begins to re-grow, it should grow straight out, through the opening of the hair follicle. But if it curls backward instead, and grows beneath the skin, you now have an ingrown hair.

There are many causes for hair bumps, but an ingrown hair is different from the others. Look closely at your skin. Usually, if your hair bumps are due to ingrown hairs, you can see the tip of the hair curled just beneath the surface of your skin.

So, what are some things that increase the risk for developing ingrown hair bumps?

Dry skin: If you’re skin is very dry, you’re at higher risk for getting ingrown hairs.

Plugged hair follicles: A build-up of dry or dead skin cells can increase the risk. So can a build-up of oil in your hair follicles.

Coarse, curly hair: In this case, the hair is more prone to curling backward, and growing beneath the skin. This is especially true with beards.

Improper shaving techniques: Shaving against the grain of the hair growth can increase the risk of ingrown hairs. So can shaving too closely, because this cuts off the hair beneath the skin’s surface.

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