Susceptible to shaving rashes or ingrown hairs and bumps after shaving or epilating? CBD could be the answer.
The dreaded shaving rash – Dry, itchy, and very unattractive to look at – followed by the horrible red bumps and promise of ingrown hairs to come, it’s no wonder permanent hair removal solutions are one of the most highly searched areas of aesthetics.
Many of us may be guilty of not shaving or epilating as regularly as normal in the last 12 months – Our poor legs and underarms are in for a shock come the summer.
After desperately reaching for my CBD Body Lotion recently, in a bid to try something to reduce the heat, anger and inflammation in my lower legs after epilating for the first time in a while, I am completely converted to CBD as an ongoing way of both preventing and quickly recovering any shaving rash (and I mean quickly). But I want to explore the science.
Not all shaving rashes are the same, the term covers a variety of symptoms...
What happens when we shave?
When we shave, we “cut” the hairs flush with our skin, leaving that smooth and silky finish (in the short term) until our hair starts to regrow. Rashes, lumps and bumps caused by razer shaving are very common and usually down to a number of reasons:
- Razer Bumps – Red, almost acne-like raised bumps that are very sore. These usually occur after shaving and are due to ingrown hair.
- Spots – Those of us who don’t have the will power not to scratch, or don’t have the right product to soothe, can easily break skin when responding to the awful itch razer bumps create.
- Snagging – If we don’t have a great general skincare routine, for example we don’t regularly exfoliate and moisturise our skin, dead skin cells or dry skin can build up and become snagged when shaving.
- Razer Burn – Mainly caused by your method of shaving, which is too harsh for your skin. For example, not using an appropriate lubricant/shaving gel, or a blunt razer.
CBD lotion can soothe and repair the unpleasant side effects of shaving – More on that later. But good shaving practices should still be maintained, including:
- Using a good lubricant such as soap or shaving gel
- Keeping your razer clean, dry and replacing when no longer sharp
- Taking your time to shave, not pressing too hard or moving the razer over your skin too quickly
- Using the right product after shaving, not to clog your pores with oil
What happens when we epilate?
Epilating is very similar to waxing in that it removes hair at the root. Instead of drawing the hair out with wax, it essentially uses a large cluster of tweezers, plucking the hair. Epilating is a very popular choice for people because it combines long lasting results with the convenience of being able to remove even short hair (where waxing is less effective). However there is more discomfort in terms of pain with epilating, but after a few uses this does subside.
Like shaving, Epilating can also cause skin rashes:
- Red bumps – Often confused with ingrown hairs, red bumps after epilating are usually caused by inflammation of the hair follicles (referred to as folliculitis).
- Pimples (whiteheads) – These are a result of bacteria getting into the inflamed follicle and causing a small infection.
- Ingrown Hairs – As with shaving, “plucking” leaves you even more prone to ingrown hairs because the hair regrowth begins deeper in the hair follicle, rather than on the surface of the skin.
Again CBD is showing huge promise in the reduction of these symptoms, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Again, there are best practices to follow with epilating, including:
- Exfoliation – A particularly important part of preparing your body for epilation
- Moisturizing – You have to be very careful with your choice of moisturiser after epilation, because the hair follicles are exposed and can trap grease and oil, causing further inflammation
- Cleaning – Ensuring your epilator is clean to avoid transferring bacteria between uses which can again cause spots
What happens when we wax?
Similarly to epilating, waxing removes hair at the root and so offers long lasting results, you do generally have to wait a little longer between treatments for the hair to be at a good enough length for the wax to attach to. Due to its similarities, a lot of skin concerns are shared with that of epilating such as folliculitis, ingrown hairs and pimples. However if you have sensitive skin, the chemicals used in wax can also contribute to Dermatitis.
Common Symptoms of Shaving, Epilating and Waxing
Most of the symptoms associated with these routine activities are similar:
- Inflammation – This is a natural response to putting our bodies through the process of hair removal, however, it causes pain, itchiness and leaves us very susceptible to infection through scratching
- Spots & Pimples – Can be the result of any hair removal programme – The skin and hair follicles are susceptible to dirt, grease and bacteria leading to pimples
- Dry, Sensitive or Itchy Skin – A very common complaint after all the above treatments
How can CBD Cream Help?
CBD has widely recognized skincare benefits, with people reporting improvements in acne symptoms, psoriasis, eczema and many more. The science behind these therapeutic benefits can be applied to many skin rashes, shaving included.
- CBD reduces inflammation – Topical application can drastically reduce inflammation, and subsequently soreness and itchiness
- CBD helps regulate the production of sebum – This is a compound that blocks pores and leads to spots
- CBD is a powerful moisturiser – Studies have shown CBD to improve dry skin conditions and hydration.
- CBD is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 which can help promote an even and healthy looking
How to use CBD as part of your hair removal routine...
We believe, CBD Lotion is the ideal product for maintaining healthy skin post shaving. Regular application of CBD Lotion on particularly sensitive areas can be helpful in keeping those dry areas hydrated and subtle, in better shape for hair removal.
Post hair removal, CBD lotion can be used to reduce inflammation, regulate sebum production and sooth the skin.