5. GO IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Shaving in the opposite direction to the hair growth means each hair will be cut at a sharper angle, and is therefore more likely to grow back under the skin. Remember to shave in the same direction as hair growth to prevent this from happening.
6. POST-SHAVE TREATMENT
There are a whole host of ‘post-shave’ products out there, some good, some not-so good. Skin Doctors Ingrow Go actually does what it says on the bottle. The formula contains Acetylsalisylic Acid, an anti-inflammatory; and Glycolic Acid, to help dissolve any build up of dead skin cells from the surface of the dermis and prevent pores clogging and ingrown hairs.
7. AAAND IF YOU DO FIND YOURSELF WITH AN INGROWN HAIR…
You did everything right, but there it is, an angry red spot staring up at you. Firstly, avoid the temptation to squeeze it, as you could end up pushing the hair deeper into the skin, or you could spread bacteria into the pores triggering an infection.
Often minor ingrown hairs can be left alone and they’ll usually go away without you having to do anything. However, if the hair is close to the skin and you can see it, the NHS recommend “using a sterile needle or tweezers to gently tease it out. However, don’t dig for the hair if it lies deep below the skin’s surface.” If in doubt though, leave it alone and contact your GP. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.