How to Avoid Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hair is a pesky result of improper shaving. They can occur anywhere on your body that you shave. Here are our top 4 tips to avoid ingrown hair.


Tip 1: Shave with the grain

One of the biggest causes of ingrown hair is shaving against the grain. While shaving against the grain allows for a closer shave, it also increases the odds of your hair curing back into your skin. You need to shave in the same direction that the hair grows – always, no exceptions.


Tip 2: Always use a shaving cream or gel

Shaving without a gel or cream can be very irritating to the skin and ultimately lead to ingrown hair. Look for a gel or cream that matches your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, find one specifically made for sensitive skin. Some gels and creams also contain aloe or oatmeal as an ingredient that will help protect and moisturize your skin while shaving.


Tip 3: Only use a sharp razor

With a dull razor, you’ll likely have to go over the skin multiple times to remove the hair. This increases the risk of cutting yourself, irritating the skin or getting ingrown hair. Replace your razor blade with every other session depending on how fast it becomes dull.


Tip 4: Rinse your blade after every stroke

Allowing your razor to build up hair while you continue to shave is an easy way to cause ingrown hair to occur. If you use disposable razors, only use them one time and then dispose of them.


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