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Three Ways to Prevent Ingrown Hair

Three Ways to Prevent Ingrown Hair

Recently, a man named Roger Logan had surgery to remove a 140-pound tumor from his stomach. Surprisingly, doctors stated that the tumor likely started as an ingrown hair. Left untreated, it kept growing and became massive. Before his surgery, Roger spent most of his time sitting in an armchair, unable to perform normal activities or run his antique store. Luckily, the surgery went well and he is on his way to recovery.

While most ingrown hairs don’t have such drastic consequences, it’s helpful to know what they are and how to treat them. Some people may have never experienced one while others might have them almost constantly. Here are three ways that may help you to prevent ingrown hair.

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1. Shave After A Hot Shower

Taking a hot shower before you shave can help soften the hair and open up your pores. The steam from the shower allows the pores to relax, which can help the razor move more smoothly along the skin. This tip alone can help with razor burn, irritation after shaving, and other common skin issues. If you need to shave and don’t have time for the pre-shower routine, you can also rub your face with a hot, wet towel or even just splash your face with warm water. You might even just shave during your shower, which provides the benefit of minimal cleanup. Just remember that the key here is warmth to help prep your pores and the hair for shaving.

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2. Exfoliate Your Skin

Dead skin cells can be one of the biggest causes of ingrown hair. Throughout the day, the skin cells located on the outermost layer of our skin start to die as a result of the environment, friction, and your normal daily activities. Most of these dead skin cells fall off (more than eight pounds per year!),[1] but a portion of them remain on your skin. These skin cells can block your hair follicles from growing outwards, and instead, the follicles will start to grow sideways or downwards under the skin.

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Exfoliation is one of the best ways to clear away dead skin cells. Simply put, you’re scrubbing away dead skin cells with a mild exfoliant. There are plenty of exfoliating products out there, but it’s important to find one that works well with your skin. You can also make your own natural exfoliating scrub with common household items such as baking soda, sugar, coconut oil, and more. Plan to exfoliate at least 1-2 times a week to help keep the dead skin cells from accumulating.

3. Avoid Wearing Tight Clothes

If you’re frequently finding ingrown hairs on your body as opposed to your face, the problem might be your clothing. Wearing tight clothes can create a barrier that makes it difficult for hair follicles to grow outwards. In addition, restricting clothing can create friction that may also increase skin irritation. The problem could also be associated with the clothing material itself. Non-breathable and synthetic fabrics can irritate skin more than a breathable, natural fabric like cotton. Common culprits could include lycra or nylon yoga pants and leggings. Pay attention to any problem areas where you are developing ingrown hairs and test out different articles of clothing to see if looser clothing minimizes or solves the issue.

While ingrown hair can range from mildly irritating to potentially severe, simple tips like the ones shown here can help to prevent them from occurring. If you find yourself still struggling to get rid of ingrown hairs, there are more in-depth ingrown hair treatments that might be able to do the trick. And while your ingrown hair might not turn into a 140-pound tumor, it never hurts to be cautious.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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