You shave or wax your facial hair in hopes of having smooth, soft and flawless looking skin. But when you look at yourself in the mirror, instead of the smooth texture you imagined, it looks anything but. Your skin looks uneven and bumpy. These bumps that are much like raised and itchy spots on the skin are known as ingrown hair and no matter how unsightly, they are quite common. And also quite stubborn and difficult to get rid of.
So if you’re someone who routinely struggles with ingrown hair and are at your wits end trying to deal with them, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’ll be discussing everything you need to learn about what they are, what causes them, what the symptoms are and how you can avoid them. So keep on reading to find out more!
What are ingrown hair?
Put simply, it’s the hair that has grown back into the skin instead of rising up from it.
What causes them?
Most common in people with darker skin or curly and coarse hair, ingrown hair is caused as a result of shaving, waxing and tweezing the hair. It occurs when the removed hair starts to grow back and curves into the skin. Shaving in particular creates a sharp edge on hair, making it easier for it to pierce the skin and result in an ingrown. These tiny, raised and swollen red bumps are mostly harmless
but might sometimes hurt.
However, if the ingrown hair doesn’t clear up eventually, it can lead to itching and subsequently a bacterial infection. It also causes the skin to develop dark patches, raised scars, razor bumps and even depressed scars.
What are the symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of ingrown hair include:
- Swollen bumps
- Burning or stinging
How can they be avoided?
With most hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving and tweezing, ingrown hair is inevitable. However, a few tips and tricks can help you avoid them and are as follows:
- Exfoliate your skin before shaving. This enables the removal of dead skin cells, resulting in a smooth shave, without any tugging and pulling of the skin, helping to prevent razor bumps.
- Avoid dry shaving and instead use a shaving cream to soften the hair to make shaving a smoother experience.
- Use a sharp, single blade razor that doesn’t pull the skin and helps to avoid a too-close shave. The Leovard shaving kit consists of a top notch quality safety razor that smoothly glides across the skin, helping to avoid pulling and tugging of the skin.
- Apply a soothing aftershave product that helps to alleviate redness, swelling and itching post shave. Look for products that contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients that prevent razor bumps from developing such as those found in the Leovard Tonic and Serum.
Leovard Aftershave Treatment
As part of its skincare solutions, Leovard has developed a two step solution to help you achieve smooth, soft and flawless skin post shave by combating razor bumps, ingrown hair, blemishing and scars. This aftershave treatment consists of the Leovard Tonic and Serum, the formulation of which is unmatched.
Free of artificial flavors and fragrances, the all natural and organic formulation of the Leovard Tonic consists of eight potent antioxidants including organic aloe vera, alligator pepper, green tea, ginger, white willow, witch-hazel, yerba mate and turmeric. It also contains salicylic acid. All these ingredients work together to give you silky smooth skin that is truly a sight to behold.
The Leovard Serum on the other hand contains all natural and organic ingredients, proprietary herbal extracts and botanical oils to give your skin the absolute best. It consists of organic English lavender, chamomile, English marigold, aloe vera, alligator pepper, green tea, ginger, white willow, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. Added to the blend are hydrating and nourishing oils of sunflower, sesame, olive, shea butter, jojoba, and flax seed.
Both these products as part of the Leovard aftershave treatment work in cohesion to help you not only combat post-shave irritation, ingrown hair and razor bumps but also helps you achieve skin that is youthfully radiant, dewy and supple. Regular use of these products promises to transform your skin’s condition and texture from being uneven, rough, and bumpy, to smooth and silky, just like you hope for it to be.
While razor bumps are an extremely common occurrence, especially if you have curly hair or hail from people of color, they need not be something inevitable or permanent. By using the right products, you can transform your skin in ways you thought impossible.
But while you’re at it, and trying to improve your skin in a way that is healthy and lasting, don’t forget, that no matter what, you are and will always be beautiful. Even with all your ‘imperfections’. Because they make you, YOU.