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7 Quick Tips to Deal With Ingrown Hairs

Annoying, painful and frustrating are the first words that come to mind when we think of ingrown hairs (also known as razor bumps). They hurt, they bleed and don’t look great. For many of us with curly hair patterns, they’re a fact of life but there are a few things you can do to help alleviate them.

1. Exfoliate. Oil, dirt and dead skin can clog up pores and exfoliating with a facial scrub or loofah (the plant) is a great way to prevent hair follicles from getting trapped under the skin. All skin is different but you should exfoliate once to twice per week, especially after shaving.

2. Moisturize Daily. While it’s important to moisturize immediately after shaving to promote healing, you should moisturize on a daily basis for the same reason.

3. Find the Right Blade. While some find that single blade double edged razors provide the least irritation, triple blade cartridge razors could work for others. Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what’s right for you.

4. Keep the Blade Sharp. Avoid the tendency to overuse razor blades and change them regularly. Dull razors can lead to irritation and ingrown hairs.

5. Shave with the Grain. This is by far the most important step. While shaving against the grain (the grain is the direction in which your hair grows) gets the closest shave possible, it’s also a recipe for ingrown hairs if you’re prone to them. For most, shaving with the grain will mean shaving in a downward direction but spend a minute or two in the mirror to find out which way your hair grows.

6. Heat Compress. While it’s best not to pick at pesky ingrown hairs as it can cause scarring, if you insist on using tweezers to remove them, a warm towel compress can alleviate some of the discomfort.

7. See a Dermatologist. It’s a medical condition and dermatologists are the experts. If you can’t home remedy your ingrown hairs, see a professional who is well versed on the subject.

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