Q: Why am I suffering from ingrown hairs after shaving and what can I do about it?
A: Richard Sawyer, Lab Series for Men’s International Education Director, says: “Curly or wavy hair, a build-up of dead skin and oil, and shaving too close – usually due to a multiple-blade razor - all make it difficult for the hair to break through the skin’s surface, causing it to grow back on itself.
Using a single blade razor can significantly reduce the symptoms, but certain ingredients can alleviate the irritation."
Two plant based extracts - boswellia serrata and serona serrulata - have been shown to refine beard hair so it grows back thinner and finer."
Lab Series Skincare for Men Triple Benefit Post Shave Remedy (£29, House Of Fraser) employs these together with acetyl glucosamine to increase the natural exfoliation process (and keep hair follicles open); laminara to reduce oil outbreak; caffeine and sucrose to lessen the itching; and bamboo and red grapeseed to help speed the skin’s natural renewal process after shaving."