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How to Prevent Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hair are hairs that grown sideways or curl back into the skin.  They can be quite painful and occasionally become infected and need treatment from a dermatologist.  Prevention is critical so you don’t have to deal with discomfort in the affected area.

You should reduce friction and irritation to the affected areas.  Since shaving is the primary cause of ingrown hair, there are some suggestions that will help to avoid an occurrence. Before shaving, use a gentle scrub to remove dead skin.  Exfoliating should be done before you shave every time. 


This will provide a cleaner shave.  Shave after you have been in the shower for a few minutes.  Allow the steam and heat to soften the hair. Apply a moisturizing shaving cream to make shaving easier.

Proper pressure and technique should also be followed when shaving.  Press gently with the blade; too much pressure removes surface skin.  Try shaving hair a little longer than you normally do.  Avoid recurring razor strokes over the same area.


If you shave over the same area multiple times, you are remove skin cells and you could cause unnecessary irritation. Shave in the direction of the hair growth, not against it.  Use a new blade because old blades may not only be dull, but carry bacteria.

Skin care after you shave is also important.  Follow a shave of the face with a lotion that contains salicyclic acid. This will allow dead skin cells to come off easily which will prevent pore clogging.

If preventing ingrown hairs continues to be a problem for you, you might want to shave less frequently.  Allow your skin a break from the irritation.  Either don’t shave on the weekend or skip shaving for a day or two.

By following these simple guidelines, you can prevent ingrown hair.  

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