How to prevent ingrowing hairs

Of all the possible pitfalls of shaving, ingrowing hairs have got to be the worst. Painful, unsightly and a downright nuisance, they can be an out and out nightmare to get rid of. And don’t even get us started on what they won’t do for your manly charms. But what exactly causes them in the first place, and what can be done to prevent them from developing?

An ingrowing hair is, essentially, a normal hair which fails to break through the skin, continuing to grow underneath and causing a sore, swollen bump. They can grow sideways, or back on themselves, and in extreme cases have resulted in the need for medical intervention.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to stop them from developing in the first place, and a decent skincare and shaving routine is a good place to start.

Regular exfoliation is the single most important thing you can add into your routine, and yes, it is for blokes. The thicker the layer of dead skin on your face, the harder it is for a hair to break through and grow straight, so use a gentle facial scrub twice a week to slough away any debris and leave you with a clean canvas on which to work when shaving.

Apply a generous layer of the Bluebeards Revenge’s Pre-Shave Oil before going anywhere near your razor, and be sure to let it sit for ten minutes so that it has the chance to thoroughly penetrate the skin and hairs. Doing so will soften them up, allowing a quicker and easier shave without running the risk of any coarse hairs snagging where skin is dry.

When shaving, be sure to lather up with a Luxury Shaving Cream, using a good quality shaving brush to lift the hairs, and go with the grain, not against it.

Inflammation and redness are due to a bacterial infection under the skin, so to nip it in the bud, apply a post-shave product containing anti-bacterial ingredients to finish your daily grooming session. Our Post-Shave Balm is packed with witch hazel and Aloe Vera to soothe and nourish skin, as well as preventing infection from developing in the first place. With added Decelerine to slow down the appearance of hair regrowth, this one will be your best friend in the battle against ingrown hairs.


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