Ingrown hair is a hair that curls back on itself or grows sideways into the skin after a session of either waxing or shaving. This condition causes bumps, skin redness, and irritation. You can develop ingrown hair anywhere in the body where hair grows most especially on the legs, pubic area, armpits, and even on your face. It is most likely to occur among people who have coarse or curly hair however in reality almost anyone will develop ingrown hairs at some point in their lives. So the best option is to never try to remove your hair. When this option is not even possible, here are easy and quick tips to follow to prevent the occurrence or to get rid of these ingrown hairs:
Step #1: Prevent
Prevent Use gentle products on your skin. Avoid facial or other skin products that hold up high alcohol content which can lead to skin dryness. If you feel some tightness on your skin after washing, stop using the product immediately and switch on to other skin care product. Always bear in mind that when the skin becomes dry it is more prone to sensitivity and irritation which can worsen the ingrown hairs. In addition, use cool water instead of hot to avoid skin irritation.
Do prepare your skin correctly before doing anything else. Wax or shave only after you have had your shower already. The water and steam from the shower can enervate the hair on your skin facilitating an easier hair removal. You can also exfoliate beforehand to deeply remove dead cells and other waste buildup that usually stays on your pores. If you have highly sensitive skin, better skip this step to prevent irritations.
It is advised to change the approach you use during your hair removal sessions more often. An ingrown hair occurs if you do waxing, shaving, and tweezing repeatedly. Also, pulling the hair out from the follicle can most of the time alter the path of hair growth. Moreover, trying to pull the hair out fully can result to ingrown hair forcing the hair to start all over again and when it is on the process of growing, the hair eventually curls back toward the skin or sideways.
No matter what you do as long as you epilate you can still really have ingrown hairs. Do not shave very frequently and closely to the skin so as to minimize the development of ingrown hairs. Be sure to use a sharp and clean razor or blade and shave according to the hair growth and not the other way around
Reminder: Do use a clean and sharp straight razor if a regular razor can’t be useful. Straight razors can shave even the thick hairs although it is quite expensive compared to the regular razors we see most commonly on drugstores or supermarkets. Despite this if you think hard on it, straight razors can be a smarter and more cost- efficient option because you buy it for once and be able to use it over and over again for quite some time
Do exfoliate then moisturize daily. Exfoliating prevents buildup of dead cells on your skin and unclogs the hair follicles. On the other hand, moisturizing keeps the skin smooth and supple. If your skin is well moisturized, it facilitates the hair growth well preventing curl ups. Products with shea or cocoa on it can be very moisturizing for the skin.
Step #2: Treat
Treat If you notice the signs of ingrown hairs on your skin, stop your epilating routine quickly to let the hair grow a little bit then you can epilate once again. When using tweezers, disinfect it first before using. You can simply rub alcohol on it. When pulling out hairs, do not pluck as this can cause skin irritation instead remove the hair within an enough length to unkink it. If the curled hair is removed, skin bumps and irritation will also diminish.
Do not try to dig on your skin because that causes your skin to break. Observe your hair and wait for several days to let the hair grow more length then try again. Use a tweezers to pull away hair ingrown located on your legs, armpits, arms, and pubic are because the skin on that parts are thicker except on your face since it is very sensitive and require much caution.
Do not epilate on an irritated skin part as this will only worsen the condition of your skin. Apply aloe vera lotion or gel onto your skin to soothe it. Hydrocortisone creams can be another option to reduce inflammation. Wait for your skin to heal before doing your hair removal regimen again.
Treat your hair ingrown with chemical exfoliation to help heal it faster. It is better than manual exfoliation or scrubbing because it may irritate your skin if you have a sensitive skin type.
Use products with BHA or AHA on it. These are acne treatment products you can also apply on your body. Or, you can also use after-shave products.
For stubborn hair ingrown like those on your pubic area, you can still apply acne cream products twice daily. See better results after the third or fourth day while using active treatments. Add additional protection on your skin if you are using products with AHA because it is more prone to sun damage.
Moisturize daily and generously to prevent skin irritation and diminish hair ingrown.
These lists of tips will surely prevent any hair ingrown from developing and cure stubborn hair growths.