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How Your Exfoliant Prevents Ingrown Hairs

Posted by Valeria Cole

Ingrown hairs are a common problem for both women and men. While ingrown hairs often appear in locations where shaving takes place, any part of the body with a hair follicle can develop an ingrown hair. There are ways to prevent ingrown hairs, with the most effective means being exfoliation.

How Does Exfoliating Prevent Ingrown Hairs?

bare feet and smooth, hairless calvesExfoliating is the process of removing the outer layer of dead skin cells. The human body continuously produces new skin cells and the old skin cells need to be cleaned away. A thick protein called keratin is present on the outer skin cells and it hardens these cells. This makes replenishing the old skin cells with new skin cells impossible without some intervention on your part. This is where exfoliating comes in.

When you don’t allow dead skin cells to become a settled layer on your skin, you are preventing ingrown hairs because they won't be able to grow beneath the dead layer. Exfoliation uses a mild abrasive to remove the layer of old skin cells, leaving behind a brighter complexion. In addition, once that layer of dead skin cells is removed, there is less of a chance of a hair growing inward instead of growing toward the skin’s surface. An exfoliant with salicylic acid for ingrown hairs can be very effective.

 

Ingrown Hairs and Shaving

Razor bumps are a form of ingrown hair. This occurs when you shave too intensely or in the wrong direction. The razor pulls the hair out by the root or it pushes it toward a nearby hair follicle. This increases the chance of having an ingrown hair. By exfoliating before you shave, the hair roots are loosened and your will notice that it is easier to shave without pressing too hard against your skin.

Ingrown hairs can often become infected, with a build up of oil and skin cell debris. You can exfoliate ingrown hairs, which will help keep infection at bay. If infection appears, it usually looks like acne.

Excellent Exfoliants

teadora bar soap with plant accentsYou want to exfoliate for ingrown hair with a product that will work effectively, without harming your skin. Brazilian Glow Vegan Exfoliating Clay Bar is the best exfoliator for ingrown hairs, which is full of superfruit oils and acai seed powder. It not only exfoliates, but hydrates and brightens your skin. It will remove dead skin and blemishes, leaving behind smoother, brighter and healthier skin.

Another product to consider is Brazilian Glow Brightening & Exfoliating Mud. This gentle exfoliant crafted with Açaí Seed Powder will leave your skin incredibly smooth, brighter and healthy by removing dead skin, toning your skin and minimizing ingrown hairs. It contains Amazonian White Clay, which is often heralded as nature’s most perfect beauty ingredient. By reducing the dry patches of skin and removing oil at the same time, your skin will look flawless. It is an effective ingrown hair scrub, too.

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Cheers, Val

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