Blades often chafe the skin and lead to inflammation of the hair roots (also known as razor burn). People with dry and sensitive skin, whose skin’s natural protective barrier is weak, are more prone to this. For oily or combination skin, excess sebum can clog pores and foster inflammation. An ingrown hair is slightly different, it occurs when hair grows from the skin, then curves and grows back into the skin causing inflammation. This is especially the case for curly and coarse hair, and shaving can exacerbate the issue as it cuts the hair with a very sharp tip, making it easy for the hair to penetrate the skin. An ingrown hair can also happen when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells, causing the hair to grow sideways, instead of out of the skin.
Gentle cleansing and exfoliation prior to hair-removal and between hair-removal sessions, can remove sebum and dead skin cells to help prevent inflammation and ingrowns. When you start shaving, make sure the hairs are warmed up, which will make the hair easier to cut and result in less tugging on the hair, which should result in less irritation. The most critical thing to prevent inflammation and ingrowns is a good shaving technique. We already mentioned it, but this means: using as little pressure as possible, not shaving too close, only passing an area once, stretching the skin, and always using a clean sharp blade. Shaving in the direction of your hair growth can also help reduce chance of inflammation and ingrowns. You might read online that chemical exfoliants such as salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids can help with ingrown hairs; however, these chemical exfoliants are, like any other depilatory or hair removal cream, not compatible with IPL treatment and should not be used on areas you plan to use Lumea.
There’s no magic cream to get rid of inflammation and bumps. The best thing to do when you experience these reactions is: cleanse and exfoliate gently to remove buildup of sebum and dead skin and dislodge any ingrown hairs, moisturize to restore the skin barrier, keep the area clean and dry, and avoid tight clothing and underwear made of synthetic materials. If you experience an ingrown, the best thing you can do is leave it alone and let it grow out by itself, and prevent them from occurring with proper shaving technique. If you are especially itchy and uncomfortable, a soothing topical such as aloe vera can help reduce discomfort. If your side effects don’t subside even when practicing the best techniques, you may consider switching to a hair removal method better suited for sensitive skin, such as a trimmer or lady shaver. Remember, you should never use Lumea on inflamed follicles or irritated skin, so we advise not to use Lumea until your skin reactions are solved. Luckily, after regular Lumea usage, your hairs should stop growing, and you won’t need to worry about skin irritations from hair-removal anymore. In studies conducted with Lumea, 58% of women agree to the statement “By using Lumea I can say goodbye to ingrown hairs.”