How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Raise your hand if you hate ingrown hairs. Dude. It was rhetorical. Put your hand down. Ingrown hairs have been plaguing mankind since the first time we realized women think beards are dirty and gross. Somehow they got pulled into the mess too. Now that we’ve evolved again and are manscaping more than just our faces, the ingrown hair problem has escalated from nuisance to nightmare. Before you find your nether regions plagued with itchy, splotchy, ugly bumps, take a few minutes to learn some trade secrets. Ingrown hairs may not be 100-percent preventable, but they are manageable.
What Are They?
Know your enemy. Medically speaking, ingrown hairs are a pretty simple concept. You’ve probably learned to recognize them by their signature raised, red skin, and you know they can be caused by shaving. The actual process isn’t terribly shrouded in mystery. Ingrown hairs are literally a case of your hair growing under the skin. Instead of breaking through like normal, the hair curls back on itself. It continues to grow even though there’s no room. This causes the discomfort and raising of the skin that we all have learned to loath.
If you want to prevent these annoying beasts from ruining date night, you first need to understand the root causes. Most commonly, hairs grow in because the hair follicle is clogged. This is usually brought on by a buildup of dead skin cells or oils. Even with perfect skin, they can still occur. Every time you cut a hair down to the skin, there is a chance it can become ingrown. This means having abnormally dense, curly or coarse hair puts you at higher risk no matter what you do. Also, the more you shave, the more ingrowns you’ll face. Thankfully, there are tools and techniques that can help you in this endless battle.
There are two primary rules to reducing ingrown hairs. The first is skin care. You’re already manscaping; it’s time to embrace skin care. Every time you shower, you should use a wash cloth, loofah or similar tool to gently scrub your skin. This clears oil and dead skin cells and is the first step to annihilating those little red bumps.
When it comes to grooming itself, the goal is to minimize how much “shaving” really occurs. Start by using good trimmers (aka the Lawn Mower) on any problem areas. This can manage unsightly hairs without requiring a close shave. If you do need the razor, avoid the closest possible shave. Sometimes, you’re going to want a baby smooth face for better sexy time, but most of your body doesn’t have to be perfectly bare. Balls, pits and chest look better with visible hair, and if you can see it it’s too long to become ingrown.
Back and butt are the tricky parts. They really should be smooth to the touch, and that puts you at risk. You can fight that risk by shaving with the grain of the hair. That minimizes the sharpness of the cut and makes it less likely for the hairs to get stuck under the skin.
While technique can go a long way, the battle is lost if you don’t have the right tools. We already mentioned a good trimmer, but you’ll need more in your arsenal.
- The Plow. A good razor is your first defense. You want strong metals that hold their edge well over time. You also want to replace your blades regularly. When they get dull, they cut more coarsely and that contributes to ingrown hairs.
- Crop Cleanser. Lube is important for many moments in life, and shaving is no exception. Trimming yourself in the shower is a great start, but a good body wash or shaving lubricant is better. Smoother skin yields smoother cuts.
- The Crop Preserver. Then, you need a good moisturizer. Like aftershave, it reduces irritation that can contribute to ingrown hairs. More importantly, moisturizers reduce that dead-cell buildup we talked about earlier.
- Crop Reviver. Aftershave really works. The problem is that most aftershaves are designed for your face and neck. They aren’t kind to the more sensitive regions addressed in a good, clean manscaping. You want something gentle enough for the job, which is why you should consider a freshening toner as a mild alternative.
You used the best razor. You lubed and moisturized and did everything in your power to take care of your skin. Still, those little jerks showed up. It’s ok. If you know a few tricks, you can minimize the problem. First, even though ingrown hairs often look like pimples, you shouldn’t pop them. Just as often as not, that’ll actually push the hair deeper. Generally speaking, you can leave them alone and they’ll go away. For the particularly troublesome instances, you can use clean tweezers or a needle to coax the hair back to the surface. Once you do, the redness and inflammation will dissipate pretty quickly. If you do happen to have a skin condition that exacerbates the problem, speak with your doctor or dermatologist about your best options. If you’re feeling brave, you can see what WebMD has to say about the issue, but you might want to think twice about browsing the visual aides.
Those are the basics. When you use your high-quality Manscaped tools, practice good technique and give your skin the attention it deserves, you’ll face far fewer ingrown hairs. Considering the scope of your manscaping, this is some of the best news we could hope to give you. If you want to see what else good grooming habits can do for you, browse the rest of our website. We’re fully dedicated to providing the modern man with every resource he might need to always be on top of his game.