Ingrown hairs suck. We know it, you know it. So what are they? Why do you get them? And how do you prevent or get rid of them? In this blog post, we’ll tackle all the tough questions to keep you looking your best—without the frustration, pain and irritation.
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So what are ingrown hairs?
They’re defined as curled hairs that grow under the skin as opposed to outward—the result being a raised bump or painful, sensitive sore. Ingrown hairs are the consequence of the removal of hair, by shaving or plucking. That means whether you use your razor, tweezers, or even your hands, you’re putting yourself at risk.
Why do you get them?
Shaving is equal parts art and science. Ingrown hair or razor bumps, classified as psuedofolliculitis barbae, is a common skin condition for men anywhere from age 14 to well over 60. Yep, that means you can start having issues from your very first shave! And no, they don’t only happen when you use a straight razor or single blade.
The fact is, razor bumps can happen even if you use the most high-tech multi-blade. And the coarser your hair pattern is, the more likely it is that you’ll suffer from ingrown hairs.
Now, some recommendations include growing a beard, shaving less frequently, or changing your tool. But it’s really all about how you shave.
How do you prevent them?
You gotta trust the process. The best kept secrets to a pain-free, bump-free shave are keeping a sharp razor, pre-shave prep, shaving with the grain and consistent lubrication. The first is critical. Dull blades tend to pull hairs instead of cutting them. Blades usually become dull after use if they stay wet. So rule #1 is: don’t let your blades air dry! Make sure that you pat your razor dry with a towel before storing it away.
The second key is knowing how your hair grows. The old adage ‘go with the flow’ applies here too. Grain mapping (or seeing the direction your hairs grow before shaving) is a great way to decrease the tension between the blades and your hair and skin. Just pull your skin taught and get into the mirror. You’ll start to see the patterns that form with new growth and you’ll then know how to position your blade to consistently cut with the grain.
The third key is to maintain moisture before, during and post-shave. That’s where we come in! Our three step system is designed to do just that and it’s been clinically proven to reduce and prevent razor bumps in as little as two weeks.
It starts with our Easy Primer pre-shave oil. A great shave starts by softening the skin and hair before applying the razor. The next step is our foam-free Hydro-Glaze cooling aloe shave gel. And yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds. The clear shave gel lets you see exactly where you’re shaving, meaning less strokes, nicks, and irritation. Plus the cooling aloe maintains moisture on the skin while reducing friction between the skin and blades. The final step is our soothing Bump Clear post-shave moisturizer. Just like your daily lotion, you can apply the post-shave liberally to commonly affected areas along the jawline and neck. Plus it’s infused with natural oils, anti-bacterials and prescription actives to eliminate razor bumps and prevent future irritation.
See it in action!