If you’re a bearish mountain man who never shaves, good for you. But the rest of us have accepted the razor as a part of everyday life. That means we’ve also accepted the reality of ingrown hairs, which are bumps that develop after shaving and are formed when a hair grows back into your skin as opposed to out. Ingrown hairs, although harmless, can be itchy, annoying, and resemble pre-pubescent pimples, which could make asking someone out more nerve-wracking.
If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, get that clean, 007 chin on lock by lathering on these ingrown hair products.
Double down your efforts by using an exfoliant paste before shaving to polish the skin and deter ingrown hairs, then a soothing balancing toner after your ingrown treatment, you handsome devil, you.
12 Great Ingrown Hair Treatments for Men
At just five bucks, Nivea’s Post Shave Balm is amazingly effective. Use immediately after shaving and let the vitamin E, chamomile, and witch hazel extracts protect your skin from post-shave irritation. This balm has great consistency and even helps improve the condition of your skin over time. Your GF will hands-down steal this for her bikini line.
Ok, ok, so you don’t have time (or money) for an ingrown hair product. If you MUST forego it, grab Neutrogena’s Razor Defense Shave Gel, an oil-free shave gel that helps prevent razor bumps from forming. The blend of conditioners in the gel should also up your skin’s resistance to irritation.
We don’t carry pocket-sized ingrown hair treatments, but could often use such a product out in the world and away from the haven of our bathroom. Throw this toner into your gym bag for a quick post-sweat spritz and eliminate the odds of gunk and oil clogging up your hair follicles. Packed with aloe and witch hazel, Crop Reviver has anti-inflammatory and anti-burn protection.
Refreshing! That’s the first word that comes to mind applying Baxter of California’s post-shave balm. The gel goes on wet and dries up right away with a minty and refreshing cool (perfect for warmer weather climates). It’s also amazing for being a “dry” aftershave; the balm doesn’t contain alcohol, so never fear the flakes.
Fur created a gentle, unisex, all-natural oil concentrate that heals and soothes your skin to eradicate ingrowns. Its key ingredients include coconut and tea tree oil with chamomile extract, so the oil is gentle yet effective and comes with a textured finger mitt to exfoliate in the shower before applying the oil sans suds. Use anywhere and everywhere from your pubic area to underarms, legs, brows, lip, and chin.
Made for all skin types but great if you have oily skin, Anthony’s gel-based treatment is a well-kept secret for men who battle ingrown hairs. Reviewers have called this gel the best and only ingrown product they’ll use. Plus one bottle should last you about six months. Acids in the treatment work to remove dead skin and combat bacteria, while added lavender calms irritation and redness.
What about a vegan ingrown hair cream? Look to Malin+Goetz for their plant-based and residue-free formula that is spiced up with vitamin B5 to promote skin repair. Don’t worry about cringe-worthy fragrances or bright green goop, the smell and color are natural and no fuss.
You can be tough and still have smooth skin. Start eliminating ingrown hairs and smoothing your mug with Elemis’ face and beard shave oil. This is a preventative product to use before ingrown hairs form. It softens your hair, prepares your skin for a close shave, and works with electric razors for a dry shave or you can also massage into your beard to keep the skin below fresh as a daisy.
Many post-shave creams can be so thick they clog pores and actually promote ingrown, so look for the lightweight and uber-hydrating Razor Burn Relief Ultra by Lab Series, which delivers fast relief to irritation and redness (thank you, aloe-derived ingredients!).
Murdock London’s Post Shave Balm is almost always out of stock on their website, but you might get lucky and find a bottle at the end of your local Nordstrom rainbow. The balm cools and calms the skin immediately and is coveted for its lightweight formula that is anti-inflammatory and seals pores.
If your crush is using your bathroom and sees Prada’s After Shave Balm, you’ll get immediate sexy-points for taking care of yourself like a grown-ass man. This balm is made in Spain and has a thick and rich consistency that leaves a protective and velvety film on your skin. So soak it in, man. Lightly scented with L’Homme Prada.
Just a half teaspoon of this unisex hydrator by Aesop is enough to eliminate aggravation after shaving. It’s also just a great lotion to apply in the morning or evening if your skin is looking haggard. Massage into clean skin and bask in the woodsy and spicy aroma.