Ingrown hairs are a pain that most of us have to deal with at one point or another. They can happen for a lot reasons. Typically it is the result of shaving or plucking damaging the hair to the point that it grows in improperly. This leads it to try to grow out of an area of skin it isn’t meant to and causes clear irritation. Sometimes something simply goes wrong though and causes the same results. Regardless, ingrown hairs can be physically painful and tend to draw attention to themselves due to the physical irritation that they cause. Anyone dealing with facial hair, regardless of its thickness, tends to be particularly acquainted with ingrown hairs on the lip and chin. Both places are relatively prominent and fairly sensitive. They are among the last places you want to be dealing with an ingrown hair. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent or minimize ingrown hairs to keep your skin happy. Let’s go over some basic techniques.
Hair removal is at once simple and yet it requires a little forethought too. Your need to ensure that your skin is ready for the removal to make it easier on your skin. This will help the removal be cleaner, easier, and less likely to result in ingrown hairs. You can do this in a number of ways. The most common way is to shower and shave either while in the shower or immediately after. Plucking is best saved for after the shower though when you have ready access to a mirror. Regardless, warming and moistening your skin will make it more resilient to the effects of shaving and plucking. It will also soften the hairs to ensure they’re more willing to cooperate. You can replace the shower with a warm, moist compress in a pinch, but you’ll need to wait for five to ten minutes to let the heat and moisture work its way into your skin appropriately.
This is a very easy way for anyone to reduce the chance of ingrown hairs. Exfoliation doesn’t necessarily prevent the improper growth, but removing the layers of dead skin releases ingrown hairs from beneath the skin so that they can grow properly. This allows for plucking or allowing the hair to remain for a little while until the skin calms down. Exfoliating the skin should be done carefully with a gentle product to ensure that the skin remains healthy. It generally doesn’t matter if you’re using a chemical exfoliant or a physical one. The key is simply not to irritate your skin more when you’re trying to prevent it from becoming irritated in the first place. Be very careful about using rough products, like sugar scrubs, on facial skin. They can be useful, but make sure that such scrubs are finely grained. Focus on massaging the products carefully around your lips and chin to ensure they get proper coverage.
Soothe Your Skin
Shaving and plucking both irritate the skin. The former is, in essence, another form of physical exfoliation that can be a bit rough on the skin without proper product use. By contrast, the latter is literally ripping something out of your living skin. Your skin is understandably displeased in both cases. As a result, it is generally in your best interest to soothe the areas you’ve removed hair from after the actual removal. The lips and chin are actually relatively easy to soothe. You can use cool water at the end of a shower to help calm the skin as a fairly simple trick to reduce blood flow to the area. There are also plenty of products designed specifically to calm and soothe the skin. Moisturizers are preferable as keeping your skin moisturized will keep it happy and healthy longer than just a basic soothing product.
We all need to remove hairs on our lips and chin occasionally. Everyone deals with them whether they want to admit it or not. The times in our lives that we deal with such hairs just vary. Ingrown hairs are a justifiable worry that comes with hair removal, though. Your upper lip and chain are fairly prominent in your features and as a result the irritation caused by an ingrown hair can be relatively obvious. Preventing them is the best course of action, but you can also minimize them while helping the skin heal too. These basic steps should be enough to help you properly care for your skin and ensure ingrown hairs aren’t too big of a skincare issue for you.