If you suffer from ingrown hairs, razor bumps and have been struggling to keep them under control then you've come to the right place. I too had suffered from this but now I am free off this plight and have a face as supple and smooth as baby skin. I'll share with you my remedy.
I have suffered a lot from ingrown hairs which caused me serious bumps and pits on my face. Wet shaving with razors was a nightmare. I tried all the techniques explained on the internet and by others but none worked. Within a couple of days of shaving with a razor my face would be plighted with ingrown hairs and razor bumps. I switched to beard clippers which reduced the problem by 70% and continued with this method for some years until my clipper had reached its end and I thought, surely there must be another way to further reduce this ingrown hair issue. I was so worried by the issue and had it so bad at one point that my doctor had to prescribe antibiotics.
I went on the web searching for the best replacement for my beard clipper and stumbled upon an African American forum and one of the subjects at hand were the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver. Many people on the forum claimed that the shaver is worth its weight in gold and completely eliminated their ingrown hair problem. Living in the UK I soon found that the product is marketed under various different names. Basically the advise on the forum was to get a Philips 3x head Rotary Shaver that says 'Lift and Cut' as one of its features.
After searching the web I came accross a few and decided on the Philips HS8440 Nivea for Men Shaver from amazon. It was very dear but Amazon had it on sale for the cheapest price at that time. The first time I used it I was surprised. I had the smoothest shave I've ever had in years. After I shaved I washed my face and applied tea tree oil followed by alloe vera gel to prevent any irritations. I was nervous that after this smooth shave my face would be bombarded with ingrown hairs and razor bumps but no. This did not happen. A day had passed and it was time to shave again. Same procedure shave, wash face and dry then apply tea tree oil followed by alloe vera gel. I've now used the shaver 4 times and my face is baby smooth. No ingrown hairs and my skin is healing alarming quick from the damage that years of ingrown hairs had caused. All I can say is that I wish I had known about this shaver before. It makes me look forward to shaving now.
The shaver is well built and light. No need to apply pressure when shaving. It comes with a free can of Nivea shaving balm which you pump into a repository built into the shaver. This is then applied to your face while you shave by pressing a button on the shaver. Ingenious design. Let the rotary heads do all the work. For an electric shaver, it is one of the quietist I've come accross. To clean just hold it under a hot water tap for 30 seconds as per instructions and that's it.
Below is my instructions to give you that perfect shave and bump free face. I find that shaving after having a shower or bath gives the best result as this shaver is designed for wet shaving. The hairs are at their softest and the pores on your face are open after a shower or bath.
1.Wash your face with warm water and soap first. The water should be as hot as your face can comfortably tollerant. If your skin is sensitive use a medicated or scent free soap. Lather the soap in your palms really well and gently rub into your wet face in cirular motion. Paying the most attention to the areas ingrown hairs are prown. Risne of with warm water. Do not dry your face.
2. This step involves using Baking Soda(Bi-carbonate of soda) as an exfoliant. Why? It does an excellent job, it's cheap and also a mild anti-baterial and leaves your skin very smooth and silky afterwards. Pour about a couple of teaspoons into the palm of your hand and add a few drops of warm water and mix with your finger until it has the consistency of toothpaste. Then rub on other hand and gently massage into wet face in small circular motions for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute. Paying attention to problem ingrown hair areas. It may sting slightly, this is normal. Rinse off face with warm water aterwards.
3. Tea tree oil clipper sanitizing spray. Always sanitize your shaver with Tea Tree oil sanitizing spray. A couple of sprays with the shaver running before and after shaving works wonders. Tea tree oil clipper sanitizing spray can be bought online and at many other places. I use a product called 'Organic Root Stimulator Tea Tree Oil Clipper Cleaner Sanitizing Spray' It's cheap and a natural product. Bacteria on shavers and razors will infect areas where hair is growing into the skin. Sanitize the shaver and proceed to shave as per instructions in the manual that came with the Philips HS8440 Nivea for Men Shaver. Use a good shaving gel to shave with. Bump Patrol shaving gel is a very good product.
4. After shaving. Rinse face thoroughly with warm water. Again as comfotably hot as your face can tollerate. Then dry gently with a clean cotton towel. Apply about 3 sprays of 'Organic Root Stimulator Tea Tree Oil Anti-Bump Spray' into the palms of your palms and gently rub on face. Another excellent product for those of you who can't tolerate the smell of tea tree oil is 'Bump Patrol Razor Bump Intensive Treatment'. It has a 48 hour money back guarantee and as it says on the bottle 'Visible Results In 48 Hours Dermatologist Recommended'. I've now switched to this and haven't looked back. After a day of using I've noticed a 70% reduction of my ingrown hairs and after the second day they were All gone. I can't praise this product enough. It's simply excellent. After a week my face was completely healed.
A few minutes after applying Bump Patrol, apply a liberal amount of Aloe Vera gel to your palms and massage gently into face. Make sure you purchase the purest Aloe Vera gel. Without scents. Also not a lotion or cream. You want the purest Aloe vera gel you can buy.
5. Lastly, to be done on a daily basis but not after you have finished shaving. Use Bi-Carbonate of soda method in step 2 above and exfoiliate once a day, every day.
That's it! You will notice that after 2 to 3 shaves using the philips shaver there will be no ingrown hairs. My shaving cycle is every other day. You may have another but make sure you stick with it. You will want to shave again when you begin to see some stubble. I advise you to wait until you see stubble before you shave again.
The shaver I mentioned above does a great job although it is expensive. There are alternatives but be sure when purchasing one to look for three things.
1. It must have 3 rotary heads
2. It must say 'Lift & Cut' of 'Lift and Cut'
3. Must be able to wet shave. The one I use has a repository for the Nivea shaving balm to lubicate the face as it shaves. If you choose one without this lubrication system then buy a good shaving gel such as Bump Patrol and apply to your face as a lubricant before and during shaving.
This method has worked very for me. I've been doing it for a month now. My face looks brighter and healthier and the pits caused by the years of ingrown hairs have almost vanished. Try this and leave a comment to let me know how it goes for you.