Ingrown hairs – how to prevent them
Posted by Hannah McManus, 15th November 2021
Ingrown hairs happen when a hair curls back and grows into the skin. They appear as a red, raised bump and can often be uncomfortable or itchy. We all know the annoyance of irritation ruining your freshly shaved skin, but it’s something that can be avoided by choosing the right shaving tools and routine.
Prep is key
One of the major causes of ingrown hairs is lack of shave prep. Pre-shave exfoliation is so important, as this helps to remove any dead skin cells and promote skin rejuvenation. It’s important not to skip this step, as it tackles ingrown hairs head on, since dead skin cells can clog hair follicles and trap hair under the skin. We’d recommend using a gentle scrub that won’t be too harsh on the skin.
Use the right tools
Another big cause of ingrown hairs is using an old, dull blade. Make sure you have a fresh, sharp blade before you get started. This helps to make sure you get the closest possible shave with the first stroke, reducing the number of times you have to go over the same area. A sharp blade will also give a clean cut, rather than leaving the hair jagged, resulting in irritation as the hair grows back.
Don't skip the shave cream
Using a good shave cream is also an important step, as it provides a protective barrier between blade and skin. This protective layer decreases friction on the skin, and as a result reduces the chance of irritation and ingrown hairs.
Don't forget post-shave
Last, but not least! Don’t forget about post-shave. Applying a good moisturiser after shaving will give your skin the hydration it needs. Skipping this step can cause dryness and bring on irritation. Choose a moisturiser packed with nourishing ingredients like our Post-Shave Balm.