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How can you prevent ingrown hair?

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To prevent ingrown hairs, try these tips every time you shave:

You can also try other hair removal methods that are less likely to produce ingrown hairs. Those methods include depilatory creams that dissolve the hair, and a laser or electric current (electrolysis) to permanently remove the hair follicle.

  • Every day, rub your face in a circular motion using a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to tease out any stubborn ingrown hairs.
  • Shave with a sharp, single-bladed razor.
  • Wet your skin with warm water before shaving and apply a lubricating gel.
  • Shave in the same direction your hair is growing.
  • Use as few strokes of the razor as possible. That lessens the chance of a hair slipping back into your skin.
  • Rinse the blade with water after every stroke.
  • Don't shave too closely to your skin. Leave a little bit of stubble if you can.
  • If you're using an electric razor, hold it slightly above the surface of your skin.
  • Apply a cool washcloth to your skin after you shave to reduce irritation.

From: Ingrown Hair WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Komaroff, A. L. , Simon & Schuster, 2004. Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

Blume-Peytavi, U. , Springer, 2008. Hair Growth and Disorders

Chamlin, S. , Infobase Publishing, 2010. Living with Skin Conditions

Hall, B. J. , Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010. Sauer's Manual of Skin Diseases

Merck Manuals: "Ingrown Beard Hairs."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Komaroff, A. L. , Simon & Schuster, 2004. Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

Blume-Peytavi, U. , Springer, 2008. Hair Growth and Disorders

Chamlin, S. , Infobase Publishing, 2010. Living with Skin Conditions

Hall, B. J. , Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010. Sauer's Manual of Skin Diseases

Merck Manuals: "Ingrown Beard Hairs."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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