Ingrowing hairs can be an exceedingly uncomfortable and painful experience that many men have experienced. Those who have had the misfortune to experience them will understand the pain. Although many men will have at least experienced an ingrowing hair at some point, the real problems happen when an infection happens. Shaving can irritate the problem and cause them to bleed.
This problem will happen after the hair will bend on itself and not direct its growth towards the follicle to grow outward. Natural oils in the skin will gather around the trap hair and introduce infection from bacteria. This will result in in swelling, discomfort and won’t look pleasant either.
There are variations of ingrowing hairs that can actually start to grow towards the surface but will be stopped by a very thin skin layer. A method for fixing this problem is to use a sharp set of tweezers that have been sterilised. There are also products that can be used to work on the problem.
It is not a great position to be in when ingrowing hairs have actually decided to appear on the skin, the better method is to actually work to prevent them. There are a few preventative measures that can be taken to avoid their occurrence.
1. When shaving, follow the way that the hair grows out of the skin. It is worth experimenting with different shaving products that will match your skin type and provide the best results. Take a look at our shaving guide for some more information.
2. Purchase a good quality exfoliator or scrub and exfoliate the skin at least twice a week. This will ensure that the layer of dead skin is removed which reduces the ability for ingrowing hairs to form.
3. Finally, after shaving, ensure that you apply a good quality balm or moisturiser. This will ensure that the skin on your face will maintain its softness and provide the best environment for your facial hair. Its worth applying your moisturiser twice a day.
For more detail about any of these steps, just review our shaving and men’s skincare guides.
Some useful sites of interest:
Further Mens Grooming 5 Information
Adventure21 – All year round, Adventure activities and outdoor pursuits, based in and around the Lake District, Lancashire and Greater Manchester