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What are Ingrown Hairs

ingrown hair vs normal hair

Ingrown hair is a condition that occurs when a hair grown back or sideways into the skin and gets trapped. Even though they seem to occur more in people with curly hairs, ingrown hair can affect anyone. Ingrown hair often appear after the removal of hair either by shaving or waxing and can cause redness, swelling, and sometimes be accompanied by folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle) or razor bumps. Sometimes, a small dark spot ( the underlying hair) can be seen under the bump.

Treatment of ingrown hair includes :

  • chemical depilatories, such as Neet. When applying to the face, make sure to reduce the amount of time suggested to avoid burns;
  • topical creams;
  • topical antibiotics;
  • laser hair removal;
  • electrolysis

An easy way to get rid of ingrown hairs is by patience. By not removing your hair for a few days or a few weeks will allow you hair to come out.

But the best way to stop the occurrence of ingrown hairs is to prevent them, either by improving your shaving techniques, or by shaving less close.

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What is a Stubble

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After shaving or trimming, the hair continues to grow. Depending on your hair, hair can emerge as quickly as within a few hours to a few days. On men, beard stubble appears as  dark patches on the cheek, chin and neck that are rough to the touch.

The “five o’clock shadow” refers to the dark stubble that become visible by the end of the day. While stubble used to be in fashion  years ago, today men prefer a clean-shaven look with no stubble (or as little as possible).

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What is Hair?

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Have you ever wonder what hair is? You will be surprised that hair and skin is not all that different. As a matter of fact, hair is a form of skin. The protein that makes the hair is called “keratin”, which is major component of almost every part of the body, such as skin, hair, nails and teeth. The hair grows from follicles which contain the root of the hair. The hair root is the bulb, from which the hair pushes up and out of the follicle, through the outside of the skin. The part of the hair outside the skin isn’t alive anymore and contains only dead cells. This is why shaving, trimming or cutting hair doesn’t cause any pain.

A beard consists in all the hair that grows on the cheeks, chin, neck and upper lip of a men.

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