Most of us will know that the skin on our faces is much more sensitive than other parts of the body and requires a different cleansing and upkeep routine too. However, some of you might not know that improper treatment of your facial skin can also have an effect on your facial hair too, in both men and women.
While most men see the ability to grow a thick, healthy and luscious beard as a natural birth right, for some this isn’t always the case. Some of this can be down to genetic conditions, but there could also be aspects of your daily cleansing routine or habits that can affect healthy facial hair growth too.
The wrong right razor
If you like the clean shaven look, it’s important to ensure you use sharp razors to cope with the job at hand. Using blunt razors or poor quality ones is a sure fire way to not only cut your face, but also to effect the growth of your facial hair. With a blunt razor, you can put too much pressure on your skin to get a close shave that can cause the skin to become irritated, as well as encourage ingrown hairs. However, investing in a decent swivel head, razor and regularly changing the blades will give you a closer shave and less skin irritation that can affect hair growth.
Technique is key
Another factor that can damage facial hair is your shaving technique. You should always shave in the direction of the hair growth, not against it. This will reduce the instances of ingrown hairs and shaving rash and encourage healthier hair growth too.
Beards have made a comeback of late, and no doubt if you have significant facial hair it can be incredibly therapeutic to stroke your beard, whether consciously or not. However, too much beard stroking can put increased stress on your hair, causing it to fall out and become patchy. In addition, it also transfers more oil into the hair, which can cause skin irritation beneath the beard and breakouts of acne or oily skin.
Another aspect that can affect your facial hair is the type of chemicals you use on your face. While you may think that using a standard soap on your face is fine, it can contain harsher chemicals that can dry out the skin. This in turn can cause facial hair growth concerns, such as ingrown hairs or possibly reduced growth or hair loss.
Female Faux Pas
Of course, most women don’t want a full beard to contend with, but other areas of the face, such as eyebrows can be more of a concern. Many women with fine, thin haired eyebrows could actually be damaging the hair growth, making them look even thinner, through over plucking and the use of harsh eyebrow dyes and colorants too.
If you’re suffering from facial hair loss or growth concerns, we at the Wimpole Clinic can help. As specialists in hair transplants, we offer a wide range of services and sound advice to help you get your confidence back.