Ingrown hairs, also known as folliculitis barbae, are a frequent reason for men to consult dermatologists. Using the right products and habits can help address this problem, which is linked to the thickness of the skin.
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Ingrown hairs are responsible for some localised skin inflammation in shaved areas. Small, red, painful spots may appear and can become infected.
Folliculitis: a typically male problem
Men's skin is genetically thicker than that of women. After shaving, the hair doesn't manage to emerge through the hair follicle opening. The result is that it grows inside the skin and ends up causing inflammation. Two scenarios may coexist:
- The hair is cut too short and when it grows back, it forms a loop under the skin, causing inflammation in the shaved areas.
- The hair is too long and bends over and penetrates back into the skin, growing down inside it.
Precautions to take during shaving
The following steps are recommended in order to avoid ingrown hairs:
- Moisten the skin with warm water before shaving.
- Use a specifically designed shaving gel; the enveloping texture of gel is better suited to stiff hair.
- Give facial hair a good massage using circular motions against the direction of growth, in order to unclog the hair and prepare the skin.
- Shave using one movement of the blade in the direction of hair growth: from the temples to the mouth and from the chin to the neck.
- After shaving, moisturize the skin well with a suitable, non-aggressive skincare product.
If your problem persists, do not hesitate to consult a dermatologist.