There is nothing like getting razor bumps after you shave. Ugh! If you shave often, you will at some point experience ingrown hairs. The places where you often experience ingrown hairs are on the face, groin area, armpits and pubic areas. Ingrown hairs are the body hairs that curl inward and grow into the skin as opposed to growing outward. When the hairs grow inward they create unsightly small to medium size bumps that are sometimes filled with pus and inflamed. Ingrown hairs can be caused by:
- Dry Skin
- Shaving with double blade razors
- Shaving against the grain of the hair
- Skin sensitivity
Also, people with curly textured hair tend to experience ingrown hairs more often because the hair tends to grow inward into the follicle. The only true way to prevent ingrown hairs is to stop shaving. Yep! Stop shaving! Well, in this day and age, we know that shaving is not an option because of today's beauty standards.
Ingrown hairs are not very attractive, so if you are blessed to be sitting on bags of money, consider laser hair treatments to permanently prevent ingrown hairs. If you don’t have deep pockets no worries, here are some natural and non-toxic remedies that people have had great results with to help prevent ingrown hairs.
- Frankincense oil
- Tea Tree oil
- Lavender oil
- Witch Hazel
- Black Tea
- Calendula oil
- Lemongrass oil
At Shea BODYWORKS, we did our own research and found Frankincense oil to be at the top of the list. Frankincense oil helps to soothe red, irritated and inflamed skin . Also, it is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant agent with antimicrobial effects. In addition, it has the ability to strengthen the skin and improve skin tone and reduce the appearance of acne scars. You can also use Frankincense oil directly on the skin without having to add it to a carrier oil. We love giving people options, so give them all a try to determine which one works best for your skin type. Also, let us know if any of these natural remedies were a no or go for you.