Preventing and getting rid of ingrown facial hairs.
Ingrown hairs can be incredibly painful. The red blots that tend to appear around the lower jaw where the razor is brought up towards the chin. The ingrown hair is caused when you shave ‘against the grain’. First of all the hair is relatively long before you shave, by bringing the razor from the base of your neck up to your chin the hair is cut then falls back into the opening of the hair follicle. The tip of the hair is then embedded under the skin and the sharp end which you’ve just cut is forcing its self to grow up into your skin, causing it to become inflamed.
This can also be known as ‘razor burn’ or ‘razor bumps’. The appearance is that of small red bumps on the surface of the skin that feel sore when you touch them. Razor burn or ‘ingrown hairs’ usually occur because having to rush a shave or a bad shaving technique (against the grain for example) and also because of a build up of dry skin on the face.
It’s always easier to prevent ingrown hairs rather than to get rid of them. To get rid of ingrown hairs is a painful process that may take a week or so and requires sterile tweezers and a steady hand. A much simpler way is to use a facial scrub can help get rid of ingrown hairs by removing the dead and dry skin on your face, this will help to keep the skin fresh and supple and allow the hair to appear through the red bump. Tea tree oil, rubbed into the problem area will help soften the skin and alleviate the pressure that the hair is forcing on the skin, apply a small amount to the skin and leave it.
It’s really simple to prevent ingrown hairs;
1. Use a new razor EVERY WEEK.
Using an old razor will pull the hairs out rather than cutting the hairs and modern razors go blunt relatively quickly. Traditional barbers will always sharpen their blade before they shave every customer.
2. Splash the face with warm water first.
This will soften the hair and relax the skin. If you’ve got the time, lay a hot cloth or flannel on the face with some eucalyptus oil on to help soften the skin and bristles, the warm oil will help to open the skins pores.
3. Use a shaving foam or gel. Never soap.
Soap dries the skin out and will tend to make the problem worse rather than better. If gels or foams make your skin dry then try shaving oil instead. Massage the skin softly with your choice of shaving lubricant and never try to rub it in vigorously.
4. Shave ‘with the grain’.
Follow the direction of hair growth with your razor. After you’ve removed the majority of the hair by shaving ‘with the grain’ you can have a final run over ‘against the grain’. This is the only time you should shave ‘against the grain’, after you’ve shaved with the grain, this is how traditional barbers would achieve a super close shave.
5. Dry your face properly
To dry the skin after a shave, ‘pat’ the face with a soft clean towel. Never rub. By patting the skin your allowing the towel to soak up the moisture on your face and this doesn’t interfere with the newly cut hairs. If you rub the skin with a towel you could cause the hairs to go under the skin, this could happen because both the skin and hair bristles have been softened.
You’ve just been running an implement made of sharpened metal all over your face and without a doubt this will make your skin drier. Moisturising your skin isn’t a feminine thing to do, it’s sensible.