What’s The Deal?
Most times, an ingrown hair is a result of dead skin or oil clogging up a hair follicle. When a hair grows it gets blocked under your skin and grows sideways under it, rather than sprouting up like a beautiful flower.
Understand that there are some common causes for an ingrown hair. Tackling these culprits can ward off the situation in the first place.
Guys with curly hair tend to have it worse. When a new hair emerges, the shape of the follicle is ideal to curl under and go back in. Not to say that any type of hair (especially thick hair) can’t become ingrown, but those curly ones are primed to piss you off.
Most dudes see ingrown hairs in their beard area. Shaving often sets the whole thing off. You think you’re getting a nice clean shave, only to wake up the next day with red razor bumps and irritation, and you know ingrown hairs are embedding themselves beneath the surface causing the itching and soreness.
Is it your fault? Could be. Your shaving technique may be aggravating the issue. You can prevent the pain by shaving with a bit more care and caution.
Exfoliating the skin pre-shave is important. Use an exfoliating cream or rub a special washcloth over the area with warm water in a circular motion. This exfoliation preps the skin by removing dead skin cells and dry skin, and the hair is ready for hair removal. Even some hairs that were on their way towards becoming ingrown can be redirected to rise. It really makes a difference.
Use a quality shaving cream and shave with the direction of hair growth, not against the grain as you may be inclined to do to remove hair. Post-shave, clean the skin, apply an aftershave lotion, and you’re good to go.
The same protocol applies for body hair.