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How Glycolic Acid Fights Ingrown Hairs

May 31, 2022

Ever had those annoying irritated bumps after shaving that kinda look like acne? Turns out those could be ingrown hairs, ones that have started turning inward and growing back *into* the skin.

It can happen whenever we shave, and it's a literal pain in the neck. Here's what to know about the savior for ingrown hairs: Glycolic Acid. 

What is Glycolic Acid? 

Glycolic Acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA) that's derived from sugar cane, a natural ingredient. Of the AHAs, glycolic is the simplest in structure and the smallest so it easily penetrates skin cells and can be extremely effective.

What Does Glycolic Acid Do?

Glycolic Acid is an exfoliant, which means it helps shed dead skin cells on the top layer of skin and reveal the fresher layers underneath. The "glue" of dead skin cells is dissolved by Glycolic Acid and can more easily fall away.

How Does Glycolic Acid Fix Ingrown Hairs?

Glycolic Acid removes dead skin from the hair follicles on your face, letting them grow free. When dead skin builds up, it can easily push the hair back down, which turns inward and starts growing back into your skin. This irritates the area and leads to a red bump.

Smooth, our Glycolic Acid post-shave solution, uses a mix of 10% Glycolic Acid and Lotion to remove the dead skin blocking hairs from growing. It works like a charm when you fit it into your post-shave. (BTW, you can use it up there, *down* there … pretty much anywhere, gents.)

Check out Smooth here.