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Whether you shave daily to keep your face smooth or once every several days to achieve that rebel-without-a-cause-type five o’clock shadow, you’ve probably experienced the dreaded ingrown hair problem at least once or twice.

While in no way life-threatening, ingrown hairs on your face can irritate, annoy, and potentially make your life miserable. When ingrown hairs occur, you’ll experience raised, red pimple-like bumps — and sometimes painful sores can form. It can occur on your neck, chin, cheeks, and anywhere else you might happen to shave.

There are various causes of ingrown hairs. For instance, dead skin can block hair follicles, which could force hair to grown into the skin as opposed to upward. But oftentimes, your shaving technique — or lack thereof — can play a role in determining if you get ingrown hairs.

If you wait long enough, ingrown hairs usually clear up on their own, but that will leave you having to deal with the itchiness and discomfort as the situation gradually improves. Even so, prevention is better than cure, so consider these 5 shaving tips to prevent ingrown hairs face issues.

1. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliating is actually an important part of the shaving routine if you want to prevent ingrown hairs from developing. As mentioned, dead skin cells can actually block up your hair follicles, which can cause the hairs in these follicles to grow in such a way where the ends grow down and pierce into the skin to cause ingrown hairs. However, if you regularly exfoliate, say once per week, you can prevent dead skin cells from clogging your follicles.

2. New and Clean Razor

It’s important that you use quality razors and that you don’t reuse the same blades too often. Definitely steer clear of, or at least limit use of, disposable razors. They might be okay once in awhile such as if you’re away from home for a few days, but they were not manufactured for long-term use, so the blades will get dull much sooner than would the blades of quality razors.

ingrown hairs face

Whether a quality brand or a disposable brand, you need to be sure not to use the same razor blades for too long since dull blades will lead to bumpy, uneven cuts, which can create the sort of conditions that lead to ingrown hairs. As well, an overused blade can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to skin irritation, and this can worsen ingrown hair issues. So, definitely invest more to get good razors and be sure to change the heads regularly.

3. Wet Your Skin

It’s a good idea to use warm water to soften your facial hair before you apply good shaving cream. This will help to provide lubrication you need to conduct an effective shave that reduces the chances of irritating your skin or experiencing the ingrown hairs face problem.

4. Don’t Skimp On Shaving Cream

Using quality shaving cream is also important. Shaving cream provides moisture that allows the blade to move smoothly, lifts the hair on contact to facilitate a close-to-the-skin cut, soothes your skin by reducing friction, and lengthens the life of your razor blade since softened hair is easier on a razor blade than is dry hair.

5. Post-Shave Routine

After you’ve given yourself the perfect shave, you still have another step to consider — and that’s post-shave care. There are products you can use to, among other things, soothe sort skin and relieve any after-shave irritations you may experience.

If you follow these five shaving tips, the ingrown hairs on your face could potentially be a thing of the past!

Written by Dr. Steven Rosen
Many great inventions and discoveries in the world were unintentional or just plain accidents. The story you are about to read concerning a breakthrough in the cosmetics field relates another great accidental discovery. In 1985, in an office in South Florida, Dr. Steven Rosen, a dentist at that time was working on a patient. The patient was a private investigator. Medication was given to the patient to alleviate the pain associated with his treatment. Two days later, the patient noticed a dramatic improvement not only in the pain level, but in his skin as well. His face, which was full of razor bumps, had cleared up! The man couldn't wait to tell the dentist what had happened. He called the dentist on the phone. He asked the dentist what he was doing to him. The dentist was worried and asked what he was talking about. He told the dentist that something the dentist was doing was clearing up his razor bumps. He told the dentist that since he started shaving 15 years earlier, he had tried everything available for razor bumps and nothing had worked until now. The investigator began to tell the dentist how important this discovery was. He mentioned that the dozens of products already on the market did not come close to producing the dramatic results he had achieved. He also said that this was a big problem in the military where a clean shave was required or you would have to get a shaving clearance from the dermatologist. Lawsuits had been filed in industry by workers who were fired because they were unable to get a clean shave for example where gas mask use was required Police must have clean shaves and so on. The dentist realized the importance of this discovery and determined which ingredient in the medication was improving the skin. Realizing that the ingredient could not be taken internally for long periods of time, the two men experimented with the formula in an attempt to apply it directly to the skin. It worked. It then took nine long years work to create a workable product and learn how to reach the market. . The dentist had a great discovery. Other uses for the formula arose in the same "chance" way that the formula was discovered. Women who bought the product for their husbands or boyfriends started trying it on ingrown hair problem they had from shaving, waxing, and having electrolysis on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Not only did they report to the dentist that the ingrown hair problems had cleared, but that the formula worked as an excellent underarm deodorant. And the rest is history……… Thank you for letting us tell our story. We hope you enjoyed it.