Ingrown hairs (also called razor bumps) are unsightly and painful. They result when the shaved hair gets trapped inside the follicle or grows back into the skin. It can cause scarring, redness and swelling (its medical term is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae or PFB).
The comprehensive approach outlined here will solve the most stubborn conditions or occasional ingrown hairs. You will need to follow all four of the steps in this regimen for several weeks.
1. Treat with active ingredients
Baxter's Razor Bump Repair is a post-shave serum that relieves razor bumps and ingrowing hairs and calms irritated skin. A unique beld of Salicylic Acid, an antiseptic and antibacterial agent, with Witch Hazel dramatically reduces inflammation, itching and irritation. Soothing Allantoin and Aloe vera gel combat dryness; gently smoothing and renewing stressed skin.
To use: massage a small amount onto the affected areas twice a day until the skins condition improves. Do not rinse off. Then continue to use once per day immediately after shaving.
Use only a non-acnegenic shaving cream specially formulated for sensitive skin, with lots of lubricating agents try Sharps' Kid Glove Shave Gel which instantly transforms into a transparent gel when applied to the skin (foam-based shaving creams can dry and irritate your skin).
Do not use any product that has alcohol, it will seriously worsen ingrown hairs by drying the skin and closing the pores.
2. Improve your skin's surface
Exfoliating (removing the upper layers of dead skin) is indispensable to manage ingrown hairs. Daily use of a gentle face scrub like Baxter's Skin Toner Facial a mild facial exfoliant that gently buffs away impurities and dead surface cells as it stimulates skin renewal. Effectively tones, exfoliates and promotes cell renewal, improving smoothness and revitalizing the complexion. Walnut shell powder gently removes impurities and sloughs away dead surface cells without harming delicate facial skin. Honey, Alove Vera and Botanical extracts soothe and supply moisture.
To use: Smooth over clean skin, gently massaging onto face and neck in a light circular motion. Rinse well. Use once or twice a week as needed. Follow with Baxter's Clay Mask
Use a soft-bristle face brush and liquid cleanser in a circular motion on your beard to dislodge the tips of ingrown hairs, eliminate dead skin cells and clear follicles to allow hairs to surface unimpeded.
3. Adjust your shaving technique
Shaving too closely is one of the triggers for razor bumps. Hair stubs cut too closely will get trapped inside the hair follicle and dig inward or sideways. Don't worry, the disappearance of unsightly ingrown hairs will more than make up for the "five-o'clock shadow" appearance.
To avoid shaving too close, don't pull the skin when you shave; don't put too much pressure on the blades; shave with the grain and use a single-blade razor.
You will need to maintain this approach over time, as one extra-close shave will be enough to cause a recurrence of ingrown hairs that will take weeks to heal.
4. Treat already ingrown hairs
Carefully lift the ingrown end out with tweezers, but don't pluck the hair out; this will only make the hair regrow deeper. Using products that contain azulene, allantoin and witch hazel will help reduce the redness and swelling.