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How can I avoid getting ingrown hairs when I shave?

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Here are some shaving tips to help prevent ingrown hairs:

If you have an ingrown hair it will probably heal on its own. You can help by not shaving for a while. If it does not get better, see your doctor.

  • Wet your face well.
  • Keep your skin relaxed.
  • Shave in the direction the hairs grow, usually downward.
  • Don't shave the same area twice.

From: FAQ About Teens and Facial Skin Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

FDA

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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