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Exfoliating Can Prevent Those Ingrown
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February 11, 2018
S. Callahan, Contributing Columnist

Ingrown hairs are one of the most common problems men face.
Ingrown hairs are caused when hairs turn inward into the skin and are
more common in men with extremely curly facial hair. When the
ingrown hairs become inflamed, or infected, they can cause bumps, a
condition known as "Pseudofolliculitis barbae ". The problem is believed
to affect between 45% and 83% of all African American men suffers
from this problem and it is of especial concern among Armed Services
recruits, according to a 2009 study by Dr. Marcelyn K Coley and Dr.
Andrew F Alexis from St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York,

Why Exfoliation Works

Exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin on your face.  It is this
dead layer of skin that often traps the growing hair, much like glue
would trap a flower trying to sprout out of it.

The cells of the outermost layer of your skin naturally bind together,
again, much like puzzle pieces with the ends glued together.As new
cells push to the outer layer, the bonds, the glue between the skin cells
become looser. Ultimately, the glue becomes weak enough to allow this
outer layer (called the "Stratum Disjunctum") to slough off, a process
known as desquamation.

Desquamation or sloughing off, happens more when we are young. As
we age, the sin sloughs off less, and this layer of dead skin leaves our
skin looking dull.

This also is one of the reasons that young skin glows naturally more
than the skin of older people.

Your epidermis turns over every 30 days on average.

How to Exfoliate Your Face to Prevent Ingrown Beard Hairs

Proper exfoliation starts with a well-prepared skin. You should first
soften the skin and open the pores, to help prevent scarring from the

1. Prepare the Face. Place a wet, warm towel on the face. Leave it there
until the towel cools a bit and remove it before it becomes cold.

2. Repeat Step One.

3. Mix a bowl of table sugar, white or brown, with several tablespoons
of honey.

4. Rub the mixture on your face. Leave it for two minutes. Use a small
circular motion to run the mixture on your skin gently. Do not press
hard or you may damage the skin. Be gentle.

5. Rinse your face with warm water until the mixture is completely

6. Rinse again with warm water.

As an alternative to using sugar/honey, you can try using a sponge. If
you choose to use a sponge for exfoliation you must make sure that the
sponge is sterilized in between uses. Always wash your sponge and
rinse it throughly between uses.

How Often Should You Exfoliate?

If you already have ingrown hairs, and especially if they are infected,
you should first heal the infection before you attempt to exfoliate.

Healing red facial bumps requires an antiseptic. Your dermatologist may
recommend one.

A gentle, hypoallegenic antiseptic soap is a good choice in most cases.

However, there are good natural remedies for the razor bumps,
including tea tree oil and peppermint oil. Here is the
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