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Avoid Ingrown Hairs

Tips for keeping your face smooth and pain-free after every shave

As the shaving expert for grooming guru King of Shaves, Diane Wood knows how to keep your mug looking good. Here are her five secrets to keeping painful ingrown hairs at bay.

GET PREPPED
Wrap a warm towel around the face and neck for about a minute before shaving. As your hair absorbs the hot water, it will become softer and easier to cut.

STEER CLEAR OF PROBLEM AREAS
In you notice an area with skin irritation, don't shave over that spot more than once. Running a blade over again will make it sore.

TAKE THE WEEKEND OFF
Give your skin a break from time to time. Shaving over ingrown hairs will aggravate the problem even more and cause skin infections.

GO COLLARLESS
A high-collared shirt can trap sweat and oil, both of which clog pores. Stiff collars also rub against the sensitive skin on your neck, causing added irritation.

AND CORDLESS
Avoid electric razors. They slice off hair in several directions. This makes your hair more likely to become ingrown, growing back into the follicle.

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