Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Ingrown hair

Mr Tweezers is about the only way to get rid of the ingrown hair, but there are ways to make him stay gone:

Pluck him out
Apply a warm, damp compress for a couple of minutes to soften the skin then sterilize a needle or tweezers and pluck him out. Follow with an antiseptic or rubbing alcohol.

Bring it to the surface
If you cannot see the ingrown hair, treat it with the compress until you can see a hair lurking there.

Think about growing a beard
The curlier your hair is the more likely you are to get ingrown hairs. If it is a real problem, consider growing a beard.

Prepare for shaving
Wash your face thoroughly with soap and water for 2 minutes, rinse well and apply shaving cream or gel. Leave it on for 2 minutes to further soften the hair before shaving.

Electric razor
Use an electric razor.

Single track razor
Uuse a single track razor and settle for a shave that is not as close. Double track razors are meant for more trouble.

Train your whiskers
Train it to grow out straight by shaving in two directions, down on the face and up on the neck. Do not shave in all kinds of different direction or back and forth.

Aftershave special
Use a creamy aftershave lotion, not the typical alcohol loaded aftershave splash. It is soothing and moisturized the hair.

Prevent infection
Benzoyl perioxide solution has some antibiotic effect and can be used as an aftershave to cut down the amount of bacteria.

Shave down
For ladies, shave down from knee to ankle to avoid ingrown hairs.

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