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In our quest to become smooth and hairless, many of us end up the opposite: Our recently shorn hairs grow into the skin, causing red bumps. Yes, we’re talking about ingrown hairs.
Pretty much anyone who shaves experiences this annoyance at some point, but people with thick or curly hair are especially prone. Black people tend to get more ingrown hairs than those of European or Asian descent, since their hair is often thicker and curlier, making the inward spiral and subsequent irritation more likely.
Problem - Grain - Shave - Way - Hair
The problem is that you need to go against the grain to get the closest shave, but that’s also the best way to make a hair begin growing inward. When a freshly-shaved hair-tip sits too close to the skin, it becomes more likely to catch and grow in a little curlicue inside the body rather than out of it.
Once the hair starts growing inward, there’s not much you can do. The skin will become red and irritated, maybe even develop a little pustule, and eventually resolve itself....
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