prevent ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs develop when hair becomes trapped underneath the skin or grows back into the skin after shaving.

Did you know that when a hair is under the skin, your body doesn’t see a difference between that hair and a splinter? Your body will fight it like a foreign object, which can lead to infection, resulting in painful and inflamed skin.

If the problem is left untreated, you can even end up with unsightly scar tissue! For those who suffer from ingrown hairs, the experience can cause discomfort and even a decline in self-confidence.

However, there are ways to prevent ingrown hairs and they are related to two very important personal shaving practices: using sharp blades and proper lubrication. Here is the rundown on how to improve your shaving techniques if you want to prevent ingrown hairs.

Avoid Dull Blades While Shaving

If we had to choose the #1 rule for safe shaving to prevent ingrown hairs, we’d say avoid using dull blades at ALL costs. Unfortunately, most blades are not made from good quality steel, which is why so many become dull even after one or two uses. The general rule of thumb is if the blade’s appearance changes and it no longer looks new, it is time to replace it!

If you really want to prevent ingrown hairs, never EVER use a dull blade. Since dull blades take more pressure for the same shave, they drag against the skin, causing irritation, and irritated skin is the perfect environment for ingrown hairs and infection. Indeed, as the skin swells from the irritation, it is more likely to trap individual hairs below its surface.

Dull blades also tend to cut the hairs unevenly, resulting in jagged edges, which poke back into skin and become ingrown.By now it should be clear you need to throw out those dull razors and buy some fresh ones if you want to prevent ingrown hairs!

Properly Lubricate to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

The 2nd most important rule of safe shaving is to lubricate properly!  A lubricating product will soften and moisturize the skin, making it much easier to shave. For the best results, avoid harsh, soap-based lubricants like shaving foams. Often, these soap-based products remove the skin’s natural oils, which results in a more difficult shave as the blade struggles and scrapes against the skin.

For a healthier shaving experience, try a silicone-based lubricant instead. A silicon-based product helps the razor glide smoothly across the skin, working with it and not against it. That way you cut the hair and not your delicate skin!

When it comes to personal shaving practices, using sharp blades in addition to silicone-based products can help to prevent ingrown hairs. Yes, these simple changes will make all the difference!

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.