Shaving bumps and ingrown hairs are reality of life for shavers (both wet and dry). This problem affects beginners and experienced shavers alike. Here are some tips to help you smooth out the bumps in the road:
- Spend a few extra minutes on face prep. Try shaving after a hot shower or use a pre-shave oil /balm.
- Apply a damp hot towel to your face before shaving.
- Always use the right tools. A single blade razor and good lather are the key to a clean irritation free shave.
- Using a dry toothbrush, work the bump in a circular fashion with light pressure. This helps to loosen up the ingrown hair, and soften the bump.
- Crush a Disprin tablet and add a few drops of water to it. Mix it up into a smooth paste and apply it to the bump on your skin. Let it sit for a few minutes then wash it off. Most anti acne products use salicylic acid - the main ingredient in Disprin).
- The method I find works best is using a 'drawing' ointment. The one I like to use is called 8-Trek (this is a South African made product and you can buy it at most chemists). The ointment contains bituminol and is primarily used for drawing out splinters, boils and soothing general skin irritation. It also is highly effective in drawing out ingrown hairs. Application is easy - gently work the ointment into affected area before you go to sleep at night. It increases blood flow to the affected area and softens up the skin around the bump. (Be warned this stuff does smell like a bit like tar!)
Note: It is not recommended (no matter how much the temptation) to pluck out and ingrown hair. This could cause bad scarring and may take weeks or even months to clear.
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