Get Rid & Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Shaving and waxing both come with a red, bumpy risk – an ingrown hair. The best way to get rid of ingrown hairs is to prevent them in the first place. But how do you prevent them? Find out how bellow.Learn More
Why Ingrown Hairs Occur
Your hair is constantly growing. When you remove hair by shaving, waxing or sugaring, it will inevitably start to grow back. Normally, your hair follicle will produce a strand of hair that grows out of your skin without issue. The problem occurs when something prevents that strand of hair from growing straight out – something blocks it, and the hair curls back and grows sideways into the skin of the hair follicle.
Ingrown hairs occur more commonly in areas that you frequently shave, and more often where you have coarse and curly hair – that means beards for men, and around the bikini line for women. One of the most common reasons a hair curls back instead of growing straight through is that it’s regular growing path is blocked by dead skin cells.
How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to ensure that there are no dead skin cells blocking the hair follicle in the first place, and that starts with exfoliation. For starters, you should exfoliate problem areas twice a week so that dead skin cells can’t build up and trap ingrown hairs.
Before you shave, make sure you exfoliate to open up your pores, and make sure you shave with the grain of your hair. Keep your razor sharp – a dull razor, besides being more difficult to shave with, can tug, irritate, and inflame the area.
If you’re more of a waxer, wait two or three days after you’ve waxed, then resume your exfoliation routine. This will remove dead skin and give your hair room to grow.
How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs
You didn’t manage to prevent ingrown hairs from occurring, and now you’re faced with an unsightly red bump — what do you do?
To remove an ingrown hair, start by gently exfoliating the area with an exfoliating glove. Sometimes, this simple exfoliation process will remove enough of the dead skin cells to free the hair and cure the problem. If that doesn’t work, use your tweezers and try to pluck the hair free of the skin. If all else fails, use a sterilized needle and poke the bump. This should be enough to spring the hair loose of its prison!
Although ingrown hairs are very common, in some rare case they could also cause complications that require more advanced or specialized treatment. If you think this may be your case, severe ingrown hairs condition, we recommend you consult a doctor or dermatologist.
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