How to Prevent Ingrown Hair. After reading my article on removing your ingrown hair, you probably were scared of your own stubble.
I was too, which is why it makes sense to prevent ingrown hair in the first place. It’s easy, and if you are a little conscious about skincare, an easy part of your daily regime in front of your bathroom mirror.
A pre-shave hot shower softens your hair and open skin pores, preventing ingrown hair. Regularly showering (duh!) also cleans your skin, preventing dirt from clogging up your follicles.
Your can of shaving foam will dry your skin and clog your pores, increasing your chances of ingrown hair. Use shaving cream, or a gel-based cream specially marked as hypo- allergenic shaving cream. Do a patch test on your skin before mixing it into your shaving brush.
This is a patch test.
Don’t shave against the grain – it’ll mess with the hair’s growth. Don’t shave as often as you used to – by letting a little fuzz grow out, instead of irritating ingrown-prone skin. If you must shave, don’t repeatedly shave over a certain area.
A little bit of skin scrubbing exfoliant for your face, and a loofah or body scrub for your body will open your pores and prevent the clogged ambiance of an ingrown hair site.
Apply moisturizer regulary. Moisturized skin follicles don’t tend to penetrate the skin often. While you should apply moisturizer regularly, avoid heavy moisturizers if you’re prone to ingrown hair. Instead, splash on cold water to close your pores before applying a light moisturizer or toner to seal your skin and prevent dead skin build up.
When you’re at the store, ask for non-comedogenic moisturizer. It’s designed to not clog your pores.
Products with salicylic acid are an exception to this, because the stuff exfoliates, moisturizes and helps prevent infection.