5 ways to prevent and get rid of ingrown hairs
Sufferers of ingrown hairs sit in two camps – there’s the ones who leave well enough alone and allow them to heal themselves, or there is the other camp, which I sit at - with my marshmallows - that take great pleasure in performing surgery on the pesky little things. Whichever camp you belong to, there’s no denying what a pain an ingrown hair can be – quite literally. Here are 5 ways that can help you avoid them or get rid of them.
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While this beauty chore is great for many reasons, when it comes to ingrown hairs, it’s a life saver. Essentially one of the reasons an ingrown hair happens is because the hair struggles to break through the skin making it flick over and grow in the opposite direction. Giving the skin a thorough exfoliation helps to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a fresher skin, which you guessed it, will avoid the chances of ingrown hairs.
Using a post-treatment product is a great idea! These often contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, which help to calm, soothe, and heal the skin helping to alleviate the chances of ingrown hairs. Pop a small amount onto the area after shaving, waxing, and laser to reduce the risk.
One of the most effective ways to remove hair is through laser and it’s also one of the best ways to stop ingrown hairs. When it comes to laser, you are shooting energy right down to the follicle of the hair which destroys it, essentially stopping it from growing back in most cases for good (hormonal changes can cause a small amount of growth to come back). This form of hair removal rivals all others like shaving and waxing which are notorious for causing ingrown hairs in many cases. Pop into a reputable salon to ask for their laser options – there are often payment plans you can get on board with that will allow you to make weekly payments over the course of the year making this an affordable and convenient option.
Choose the right razor
If you are a fan of shaving – we’re not judging – we get how easy it is and great for those who are on the run and need a quick fix. If you are going to opt for this form of hair removal, ensuring you have a good razor is going to put you in a much better position. A razor with sharp blades is going to give you a much better finish – ensuring the hairs are cut precisely and evenly. A blunt razor is an invitation for ingrown hairs because when the hair grows back, the hair, which could be jagged due to the blunt razor is more likely to struggle coming through the skin, so instead grows in the wrong direction.
This is another one for those who shave , which is a large percentage of us , shave in the dirt ion your hair grows – for many places, this is downwards. Although you will be tempted to do the opposite and it does give you a closer shave, you are much more likely to be at risk of an ingrown hair. Another tip is to shave when your skin is warm and your pores are nice and open – cold skin commonly has goose bumps which, when shaved over can cause further irritation.
Have you ever had an ingrown hair and how did you treat it?