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Causes and symptoms of ingrown hairs - advice from Vegan Fox

Causes and symptoms of ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs are a worry not only for women, but also for men. The discomfort is unpleasant, to say the least, and often leads to a poorer sense of well-being and even lower self-esteem. And yet, it is a common occurrence for anyone who tries to remove hair in unwanted areas - shaving, tweezing, waxing. Most ingrown hairs appear on the face, legs, underarms and pubic area.

Ingrown hairs can also leave permanent scars, so it's important to diagnose and treat this skin condition - early and as gently as possible. Signs of ingrown hairs could include:

  • Skin irritation and itching;
  • Pain and burning;
  • Swelling;
  • Small, stubby buds;
  • Hyperpigmentation of the skin.

One of the most common causes of ingrown hairs is dead skin cells, which clog the follicle and thus stimulate the growth of inward changes. But there are also ways to take preventive care of your skin and possibly even prevent the discomfort and consequences of ingrown hairs.

Ingrown hairs on the facial skin

The healthiest prevention for ingrown hairs is to take a break and let the skin recover. And yet, not every man is prepared to live with extensive facial hair for long. One alternative in this case could be, for example, to use an electric razor, which causes less irritation.  

And yet - if you choose a razor:

  • Shave slowly and use the razor in the direction of hair growth;
  • Rinse the blade thoroughly after each touch of the razor to the skin;
  • Avoid too much pressure on the skin.

Instead of shaving cream, I recommend men try our cleansing foam, which contains natural and gentle ingredients. Enriched with extracts of calendula, aloe vera and chamomile, as well as glycine and lactic acid, the foam promotes skin renewal and restores the skin's natural pH balance.

How should I use shaving foam?

  • First rinse your face with warm but not hot water to soften the texture of the hair;
  • Massage the foam into your face and rinse to cleanse your skin of germs and dirt;
  • Reapply the foam to clean skin. Shave as usual;
  • If you wish, apply a warm towel to your face to open the pores and reduce the risk of inflammation;
  • Finally, apply a cream to reduce irritation and strengthen the skin's protective barrier.

The cleansing foam is not only natural and gentle, but also light and airy. It has the texture of a shaving cream, yet effectively cleanses the skin to reduce the risk of irritation and infection.

Ingrown hairs on the body

Ingrown hairs can also cause burning pain, itching and other discomfort elsewhere on the body, even if they are less visible. As I mentioned earlier, one of the most common causes of ingrown hairs is dead skin cells clogging the follicle. How to take care of the skin and prevent irritation in such cases?

Scrub is my answer to you. Yes, Scrub is not only a wonderful companion in your bathroom wellness rituals, it also effectively removes dead skin cells and reduces the risk of ingrown hairs as a preventive measure. It's true, though - a scrub won't be the best choice for your complexion. It is better to use a milder product, such as a facial scrub.

How to use a scrub to avoid ingrown hairs?

  • Do it regularly - once a week - to "clear the way" for hair to grow in the right direction;
  • Use the scrub about 2 days before epilation (definitely not immediately after epilation);
  • Avoid using the scrub where there are open wounds;
  • Use our cleansing foam instead of shaving cream for smooth and gentle hair removal;
  • After hair removal, make sure your skin is moisturised. Your choice of body cream or body oil will reduce irritation and strengthen the skin's protective barrier.

Our range includes both sugar- and salt-based scrubs. The sugar scrub with kiwi seeds and lemongrass essential oil is particularly gentle and gentle on the skin. Salt-based scrubs with natural oils will improve micro-circulation and leave your skin silky soft.

In Love,
Maija Rieksta-Riekstiņa
Vegan Fox creator and manager