Facial ingrown hairs are more common in men with curly hair, but all skin types are prone to them. When the hair becomes trapped beneath the skin and curls, irritated bumps similar to pimples form and can become infected.
Laser hair removal is a permanent way to remove pesky hairs. Low-energy laser light is used to destroy the hair follicle so that hair eventually stops growing. This series of treatments is best for those with light skin and dark hair, and it may not be effective if hair is blond, red or gray; and as with any laser treatment, there is a risk of scarring and pigmentation changes.
If you’re not ready for laser hair removal, you can try preventing ingrown hairs at home by simply exoliating two or three times per week. Using a facial scrub prior to shaving may also help lift ingrowns. Shaving creams with aloe or glycerin allow the razor to glide smoothly to reduce irritation, while alcohol-free aftershave can eliminate pore-clogging bacteria without overdrying.
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