How to Best Get Rid of Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hairs
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs that accompany shaving suck. While some lucky gents experience a pleasurable, painless shaving experience, countless unlucky men dread the itching, irritation, redness, bumps, and ingrown hairs. Why does this happen, you might ask? Well, shaving pisses off the hair follicle, causing it to bubble up with inflammation as a defense mechanism.
So, to make the inevitable more preventable, here are the absolute best ways to keep the shaving issues at bay.
TIP #1: Exfoliate
Gently exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week. Yes, it’s really that basic and simple. Quality exfoliators, like Billy Jealousy LiquidSand Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, make sure to gently slough away dead skin to keep your hairs from growing inwards or getting trapped in the follicle. Be careful to not over exfoliate as it will over dry and irritate your skin. 3-4 times should do.
TIP #2: Preparation
A well-rounded pre-shave routine is crucial to prevent razor burn and bad shaving. Start by loosening up your pores and softening up facial hair by applying warm water on your face. Once warm and dry, use a pre-shave oil or cream, like Proraso Pre-Shave Cream Refreshing and Toning, to prime the skin’s surface.
TIP #3: Shaving Direction
Shave with the grain, not against the grain. In other words, shave in the direction that your hair grows because when you shave against the grain, it can cause the hair to grow back in sideways hence those painful ingrown hairs. It’s also important to take note of the direction your facial hair grows in. It’s often not straight up and down, so adjust your razor strokes accordingly.
If you’re past the point of prevention - and it can happen despite the best your best prevention efforts – just use Anthony Ingrown Hair Treatment. It executes the kill like Seal Team 6: cleanly and methodically.