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“Amazing! Allowed me to have smoother, pain free shaves after the treatment. No more embarrassing irritation and itch.“

Mr Y. Pillay 45 year old male (treated for Ingrowns and shaving rash)

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An ingrown hair occurs when the sharp tip of the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin of the hair follicle. It is a benign condition, which usually appears as a small dark/ red/ pus-filled bump under the skin.
Symptoms include itch and tenderness. An ingrown hair can lead to a localized foreign-body inflammatory reaction. In more extensive cases, multiple small red or pink little bumps around hair follicles may be seen on any skin area that has been frequently shaved, such as the face, neck, armpits, legs, and pubic region.
Ingrown hair is a very common skin condition occurring primarily after puberty and tend to be more common in areas with coarse hairs, like the bikini area in women, and beard and neck in men. Individuals with thicker, coarser hairs tend to have the highest rate of problems with ingrown hairs.
What causes an ingrown hair?
Hair that is cut short and close to the skin creates a sharp tip that can more easily pierce the skin to cause an ingrown hair. Improper shaving techniques are the major cause of ingrown hairs. Other hair-removal methods, including waxing, as well as common friction from tight clothing, may worsen the situation. Although an ingrown hair is primarily caused by improper or aggressive hair removal, it sometimes occurs naturally as too much dead skin debris blocks the hair follicle opening, causing the hair to grow sideways.
Ingrown Hair Prevention
•To prevent ingrown hairs, try these tips every time you shave:
•Wash area with an exfoliating scrub to tease out any stubborn ingrown hairs
•Shave with a sharp, single-bladed razor.
•Wet your skin with warm water before shaving and apply a lubricating gel.
•Shave in the same direction your hair is growing.
•Use as few strokes of the razor as possible
•Rinse the blade with water after every stroke.
•Don't shave too closely to your skin. Leave a little bit of stubble if you can.
 Apply a cool washcloth to your skin after you shave to reduce irritation.

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