As they say, “know your enemy.” An ingrown hair also referred to as razor bumps on the beards or the face is an enemy many guys hold in common, including me. The strange bumps are not comfortable at all.
What is an Ingrown Hair?
An ingrown hair can be defined as a hairpiece that began growing outward on your beards or face but then curled under itself and starts growing inwards, below the top surface of your skin. The inward growth forms a little bump that usually looks like a pimple in an area that doesn’t break out.
Mostly, an ingrown facial hair forms when a hair has been tweezed, waxed, or shaved curls and sprouts sideways into your skin rather than growing towards the surface. Also, when dead skin cells fill up the hair follicles, making the hair develop at a different angle beneath your skin.
Here’s a definitive guide on how to get rid of ingrown hairs in beards and on the face.
Have a Unique Shaving Technique
Generally, bad shaving techniques increase the risks of beard and facial ingrown hair. Shaving against the grain is the best practice for your neck and beard. It’s recommended that you shave in the direction your hair is growing to keep irritated skin to a minimum and avoid cutting the strands too short. Also, avoid pulling your skin taut while you’re shaving. If you notice facial hair sprouting downwards, shave in this direction.
Keep your skin moisturized with oil like Utility Balm or Beard Oil; this prevents beard dandruff and dead skins. The oils play a significant role in preventing growing ingrown hairs’ risk factors.
Always Use a Lubricant
It’s advisable to always use a lubricant cream on your skin before shaving. This enables the blade to cut better by reducing any extra snags.
Clean Your Face Regularly
Cleaning your face with only water may not be enough to avert an ingrown beard or facial hair. To prevent this problem, wash your face daily with a mild cleanser to get rid of oil or any dirt that’s blocking your pores. This is essential because clogged pores heighten the risk of ingrown hairs.
If possible, use cleansers that remove dead skin cells from your skin’s outer layer. When washing, rub your face in a circular motion.
If you are waxing facial hair, apply a warm compress to your face a few minutes before applying the wax. This technique stops ingrown hairs and opens your pores.
Ingrown facial hair can be painful and annoying, but you can reduce your risk for this problem with the correct maintenance and care. If you cannot self-treat, you can use laser hair removal; it offers positive results and stops ingrown hair. Consult your doctor before settling for this option and other options for managing this condition.