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Ingrown Hair on Chin

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Unless you want a beard decorating your chin, removing hair from this part of the body is a must. However, the kind of equipment you select to the amount of time it takes to complete the job will play an important role in whether or not you will suffer irritation of the skin, such as ingrown hairs – which can sprout up at any moment after hair removal and ruin a perfect shave.


When removing hair from the chin, it is quite easy to leave behind a hair that has been broken off too short [1]. Chances are, it will possess a sharp tip that will later come back to haunt you. As the hair begins to grow back, it can emerge out of the follicle at an angle or travel sideways into the skin. The outcome is localized inflammation that causes skin to become itchy and painful with the possibility of a noticeable rash. In the worst cases, pus gathers under the skin – a sign of infection.


Sometimes, ingrown hairs occur naturally and have nothing to do with shaving or other hair removal practices. To learn the main causes of this common condition, consider the following:

a) Bacterial Infection:

A chronic ingrown hair problem is worsened by bacterial and fungal infections, as well as acne on the chin.

b) Dead Skin Particles:

When dead skin cells accumulate, they can clog your pores – causing ingrown hairs to develop when the normal pattern of hair growth is disrupted.

c) Stiff Beard Hair:

Attempt to shave your beard when hairs are stiff and run the risk of leaving behind a jagged tip that can curl back into the skin.

d) Oil-Clogged Pores:

Embedded oil found in hair follicles can clog pores to the point that after a shave – ingrown hairs are more likely to take place.

e) Hair Type and Heritage:

We already know that curly or coarse hair increases a shaver’s susceptibility towards suffering ingrown hairs, but heritage also plays a role. If you have Nordic, Mediterranean, African, or Jewish heritage – chances are you are dealing with the type of hair that brings about more ingrown hair cases.

f) Excessively Dry Skin:

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can produce disastrous results. For example, let’s take exfoliation. While it becomes necessary to clear the skin of dead skin cells, if you exfoliate several times in one week, you can create excessively dry skin, which creates a susceptibility to ingrown hairs and other skin irritations.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingrown_hair

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