How to Prevent Razor Bumps & Ingrown Hairs

Everyone's skin is different. For black people, this is an understatement. Living in a Eurocentric society has left us mistreating our bodies by applying harsh chemicals to our skin and hair. For most, going natural is a political statement in itself. Maintaining the naturalness though - takes time and patience. One question we often get is how to eliminate those painful ingrown hairs and razor bumps. One way is to shave with the grain of your hair. The other aspect is adapting a good skincare regime that includes exfoliation. Facial hair siphons moisture away from your skin, which can leave it dry and flaky that can create a build up dead skin cells.

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The process of exfoliation is simple: it involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface. Think of it as a beard facial that not only removes dead skin cells, but also prompts hair growth. So how does one exfoliate?

We suggest a very simple process, using minimal organic ingredients: an oil cleanse. Oil cleanses offer a gentle but deep cleanse, penetrating the pores in the skin. Using a warm cloth not only  removes the dead skin cells from underneath your skin and beard, but it also boosts circulation which is GREAT for hair growth! This can be achieved by using our ICNC 38 3-In-1 Elixir that also acts as an exfoliating cleanser. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Add a few pumps of ICNC 38 Elixir to finger tips, and spreading evenly through out face and through your beard (to the skin) in circular motions.

  2. Leave oil on skin for a few minutes so that oil can seep into the pores.

  3. Take a fresh, clean cloth and put it under water that is as warm-to-hot as you find comfortable. Drape the cloth over your face, lightly steaming your skin for about 10 seconds. 

  4. Gently wipe the oil away and pat your face dry (cloth cleansing exfoliates so well that it shouldn't be necessary to use any scrubs, cleansing brushes devices after you do it).

Following your beard exfoliation, don't forget to add the Elixir to replenish the natural oils back into your beard that were removed. Let us know in the comments what your beard regime is and how you keep your skin clear and your beard moisturized!