Ingrown hair (more commonly known as "razor bumps" or "razor burns") is one that is grown back into your skin instead of growing out.
Anyone can get an ingrown hair. But the problem is more common in people who have very curly or thick hair. Curly hair is more likely to bend back and re-enter your skin, especially after it's been shaved or cut.
Many people who have thick or curly hair get a type of ingrown hair called pseudofolliculitis. More commonly known as "razor bumps", this group of little bumps is common on the beard area after you've shaved, waxed, or tweezed to remove hair. The hair that grows back has a sharper edge, so it can more easily poke back through your skin and get trapped under the surface.
To prevent ingrown hairs, try these tips when you shave:
- Rub your face in a circular motion every day using a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to tease out ingrown hairs.
- Wet your skin with warm water before shaving, and use shaving cream, or a lubricating gel.
- Hold your Bald Shaver slightly above the surface of your skin. Don't shave too closely to your skin, leave a little bit of stubble if you can.
- Make sure your razor blades are sharp and clean. Always have an extra set of blades whenever razor bumps persist even with frequent cleaning.
- Shave in the same direction your hair is growing instead of going in circular motion. That lessens the chance of a hair slipping back into your skin.
- Apply a cool washcloth to your skin after you shave to soothe your skin.