We’re not talking about taking them out to dinner here, we know they’re annoying, painful and just generally a pain in the arse, so here’s a few ways to combat those pesky ingrown hairs.
Ingrown hairs happen when the hair shaft grows back into the skin, sounds grim and feels grim. Some people will be more prone to them especially if their beard hairs are curly as they’re more likely to poke back through the skin, shaving can cause this to happen more frequently too as the freshly shaved hairs will be sharper making it easier for them to dig back into the skin.
Ideally you’d prevent them entirely, a good beard care routine should help with this. An essential is a good exfoliator, this gently promotes blood flow to the follicles which should help them exit the skin as they should. If you do shave to tidy your look up make sure you’re shaving in the direction your hairs grow, this encourages them to grow straight and not turn in on themselves. A decent razor will give a clean cut and make sure the hairs are less likely to snag and split, works especially well when teamed with a shaving cream (obviously). Applying a good beard oil afterwards will provide a multitude of benefits, it will first and foremost keep the skin smooth and nourished so it will be less prone to irritation and drying out. Healthy skin comes hand in hand with a healthy beard, so the new hairs growing will soften up as they come through the skin. Using a good beard oil like ours will also help keep the pores clean as it contains Tee tree and vitamin E oils which are natural antiseptics so should keep inflammation and infection at bay.
A good way to stop them happening altogether is to let that beard grow, something we actively encourage! 😉
If you do get an ingrown hair, you’ll know about it - it will resemble a spot, being red and inflamed and can develop pus if it becomes infected. As tempting as it may be try not to pick or poke at them as this can lead to infection and scarring and potentially make it worse, the best treatment initially is to leave it be for a while, sometimes they can resolve themselves without interference. If it doesn’t clear up naturally you can try holding a warm, clean and damp cloth to the affected area to open up the pores. Then use a clean pair of tweezers to carefully ease the ingrown hair out of the skin (as long as the hair is not too deep under the skin’s surface). Finish by washing the area, apply a mild antiseptic to avoid infection and help it heal. Try not to shave for a couple of days to give it time to heal.
If the ingrown hair continues to get worse or doesn’t seem to be getting any better seek further advice from your doctor.