Ingrown hairs, also known as Pseudofolliculitis barbae, manifest on skin when hair is cut, and the hair grows back in at an improper angle. The process of cutting the end of the hair shaft through shaving can force hair back into its follicle, or even cause hair to double over on itself, re-entering the same follicle and growing inward instead of exiting the surface. The hair shaft can also grow and enter another follicle.
The body recognizes this ingrown hair as a foreign body (similar to a splinter), and triggers an inflammatory response that includes redness, itchiness and a raised area that resembles a pimple that can fill with pus.
To help prevent ingrown hairs, start by exfoliating with physical and chemical exfoliants prior to shaving. Physical exfoliants including micro-fine Silica beads will help remove dulling skin cells, prep the skin’s surface, and lift hairs. Chemical exfoliants including Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid will help remove dead skin cells, lift ingrown hairs above the skin line, and soften and smooth skin.
Dermalogica’s Daily Clean scrub
Dual-action exfoliating cleanser to prep skin for a closer, cleaner shave. A hair-lifting lather containing micro-fine Silica beads helps remove oil and dulling skin cells for clean-looking skin. Cleans deep to help keep pores clear and minimize ingrown hairs while clearing the way for a super-close shave. Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark Extract and Silica remove dead, dulling skin cells. Antioxidant White Birch and Lemon Extract fight off skin-aging free radicals while providing astringent properties to skin. Antiseptic Tea Tree and Eucalyptus help keep skin feeling clean and looking fresh all day. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours
Hair-lifting lather removes oil and debris.
Helps deliver a closer, cleaner shave with fewer ingrown hairs.
Cleans deep to help keep pores clear.