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Having a beard doesn’t come without a few bumps in the road, pun intended. Among the problems that come with having a beard are unintended attention from women, perceived dominance in social gatherings, and sometimes, ingrown hairs. Chances are you’ve had an ingrown hair at some point in your life, likely on the neck, chin, or face region. Here, we’ll go through what an ingrown hair is, how to treat them, how to prevent them, and products that could help combat these annoying painful inflammations.

What is Ingrown Hair and How Do They Occur?

An ingrown hair occurs when a hair penetrates the skin before leaving the hair follicle or when the hair curls back into the skin after leaving. They often occur in the neck, face, or chin area of men who shave often or shave too close to the skin.

How Do You Treat Ingrown Hairs?

Keeping the face clean and treating the pores to a spa day every so often can do a great deal in treating those ingrown hairs. Take a warm washcloth and press it against the areas where they occur or are currently occurring a few times throughout the day and allow the pores to open up and breathe.

If you’re experiencing severe ingrown hairs we suggest you consult your doctor and they can point you in the right direction.

How Do You Prevent Ingrown Hairs?

Don’t shave. If you allow the hairs to grow then there is no chance for the follicle and skin to interact in a negative way. We do, however, understand that it isn’t within everyone’s capabilities to just not shave and some men have to shave every morning to keep that clean-shaven look. Shaving less closely and shaving in the same direction that the hair grows on the face will do a great deal in preventing ingrown hairs. In addition, using a warm cloth to help let the pores breathe before and after shaving along with using non-irritating shaving cream while shaving is ideal.

Recap: Don’t shave, but if you need to, use water, shave in the same direction the hairs grow in, and avoid shaving too close.

What Products Should I Be Using?

At Bossman, we have a full four-stage beard care morning routine that will set you on the path for bearded glory. In the four-stage process…

  1. Clean & Prep - with Bossman’s Beard, Hair, and Body Soap
  2. Repair & Condition with Bossman’s Fortify Intense Beard Conditioner
  3. Nourish & Enhance with Bossman’s Jelly Beard Oil
  4. Tame & Protect with Bossman’s Relaxing Beard Balm or Beard Pomade

On top of the products listed above, a warm washcloth applied to the face and a soothing aftershave are must-haves in the bathroom for people who shave often.

Ingrown hairs are a common issue for men who shave and have active hair follicles on the face, neck, and chin. Keeping your face clean, hydrated, and healthy will absolutely help prevent these from occurring and the tips above will set you on the path to having a face free of painful bumps and inflammations. While these tips might be geared towards just beards, they can be used for any area of the body where you might be experiencing ingrown hairs. Once again, the best way to prevent ingrown beard hairs is to stop shaving and let that beard grow!

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