Black Skin Care Tips: How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are one of the main problems associated with African American skin care, so we're giving you tips on how to avoid razor bumps altogether
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Black Skin Care Tips: How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
How to Prevent
Skin care for Black Men & Women
What are ingrown hairs &
how do we get them?
Once a hair is removed from the surface, it
should grow back through the skin as most hair
normally does. Sometimes, however, the hair
recoils and starts growing underneath the skin.
This is especially true for those with coarse
and tightly coiled hair, which explains why
ingrown hairs are such a common occurrence
in Black skincare. Ingrown hairs are hardly
dangerous, but they can cause some
discomfort and they certainly aren’t
aesthetically pleasing. Luckily, there are a few
measures you can take to reduce the chances
of obtaining these unsightly bumps.
Go With the Grain
To commonly, we hear the best way to
shave is against the grain. While you may
be able to get a cleaner shave, it is a sure
way to increase your chances of developing
razor bumps. Shaving against the grain,
especially in African American skin care,
can lodge the hair in an opposite direction
than it naturally grows. Once the strand
starts to grow out, it will grow into the skin,
causing an ingrown hair.
Never Shave Dry Hair
Moisture makes the hair supple and easy to
cut. Shaving dry, brittle hair can cause
snags and jagged ends that are much more
likely to grow into razor bumps. Applying
an African American skin care product,
such as a shaving gel or cream, can also
help to get cleaner shave, and prevent
Use a Sharp Blade to Shave
If your skin seems to be developing more
ingrown hairs than usual, try swapping your
blade for new one. Shaving with a dull blade
requires more passes over the hair and skin
to get a clean cut. This is going to make
each strand sharp enough to reenter the
skin. By only running the blade over the
hair once, you will notice a decrease in
razor bumps, plus smoother skin!
Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis is a
great way to treat existing ingrown hairs
and prevent new ones from developing.
Often times, the hairs are trapped
underneath built up dead skin. Exfoliation
will remove the dead skin, and loosen up
the hair’s tight coil. Try to use a product
that is geared towards Black skin care to
get the best results. The Clear Essence
Medicated Cleansing Bar works well
because the exfoliation beads light enough
for daily use.
Try a Different Razor
There are tons of razors on the market and
they all claim to have different benefits.
Some people prefer razors with moisturizer
built in, while some prefer a simple razor. If
you currently use a razor with multiple
blades, try switching to single blade. This
will cause less stress on the skin, as it
reduces the amount of manipulation.
Try a Different Method
If nothing seems to get rid of those
stubborn razor bumps, try another method
of hair removal altogether.
§ Men, try a flat head electric shaver
instead of a manual blade. These types
of electric shavers have been known to
cooperate with Black men’s skincare and
cause less bumps.
§ Ladies, try a method, like waxing, that
pulls the hair completely out, rather than
just cutting the hair at the surface.
Avoid Tight Clothing
Wearing tight clothing in the area that was
shaved can also increase the chances of
developing ingrown hairs. The constant
friction between clothes and skin can make
it harder for the hairs to grow correctly.
Tight collars for men, and tight pants for
women, are the types of clothes to be
avoided after shaving.