Ingrown hairs are never good thing. Here are some tips to get rid of and prevent those dreaded ingrown hairs we tend to get after shaving or waxing.
We’ve all been there before —staring at that red bump that’s popped up on your skin and wondering what you did to deserve this. It may seem like you’re the only one who suffers with ingrown hairs, but they’re more common than you think. Whether you’re male or female and whether you wax or shave, ingrown hairs can affect anyone. Ingrown hairs can also can pop up anywhere including the face, legs, arms, underarms and pubic area. These irritating red bumps are the last thing anyone wants to see on their skin. The most annoying part about getting one? Trying to figure out how to get rid of it.
Read on to find out the common causes of ingrown hairs, what to do if you have them, and how to prevent them.
Anytime you remove hair on your body you run the risk of getting ingrown hairs. When hair is removed, the hair follicle can get trapped underneath the skin and grow sideways instead of straight-up. Most likely it gets trapped because of the way it’s growing or the dead skin that prevents it from growing normally. This ends up causing those painful red bumps that some of us are all too familiar with.
Whenever you wear clothing that sticks to your body (AKA tight clothing) you run the risk of getting ingrown hairs. Clothing made out of synthetic materials can also cause ingrown hair issues. These types of fabric material rub against your skin which could result in making an ingrown hair inflamed and more painful. The solution? Stick to more breathable fabrics like cotton. Your skin will thank you for it.
Dull shaving blades
Dull blades = disaster. Without a sharp razor, you’ll end up just irritating your skin instead of getting that clean shave or wax that you hoped for. Dull blades tug at the skin and hair which makes you more likely to get an ingrown hair. Something we all try to avoid.
Here’s what to do if you have them:
A warm compress will become your lifeline if you notice an ingrown hair on your body. This helps soften the skin, bringing the ingrown hair closer to the surface. It’ll make removing the ingrown hair so much easier. Try dampening a cloth with warm water and placing it over the irritated part of your skin for a few seconds. The warm water will open your pores, giving the hair the chance to break from the skin.
Exfoliating helps loosen ingrown hairs and bring them right to the surface so that they can easily be removed. Gently exfoliate with a scrub or brush to try to remove the dead skin that most likely caused the ingrown hair. (Warning: Don’t over-exfoliate! This can end up irritating the ingrown hair even more)
Only if you see the loop of the hair should you attempt to get the ingrown with tweezer. (Tip: Make sure your tweezers are sterilized to decrease the risk of infection) We know it’s tempting to try to perform your own mini surgery to extract the ingrown hair, but fight the urge. Digging into your skin with the tweezers can cause scarring. If you can’t grab a hold of the hair easily then avoid plucking it altogether. Repeat the previous tips to try to bring the ingrown hair to surface until it’s ready to be plucked. If notice you’re getting ingrown hairs often and you struggle to remove them, make an appointment with your dermatologist. They can find a solution to your problem based on your specific issues.
When in doubt —exfoliate. Getting into the habit of exfoliating is the best thing you can do when it comes to skin care. Exfoliating helps buff away the dead skin cells and creates a smooth surface for your hair removal. Whether you’re shaving or waxing, you’ll be able to effortlessly remove unwanted hair. Exfoliating also help loosen ingrown hairs and bring them right to the surface so that they can easily be removed.
Avoid Dull Blades
If shaving is your hair removal method of choice, ingrown hairs can be prevented by simply keeping your shaving razor in good condition. A clogged razor causes the blades of your razor to dull quicker which will increase your chances of getting those pesky ingrown hairs. As we all know dull blades will only cause trouble, so you might want to invest in a shaving tool like the Tap — the 3-in-1 Shaving Razor Unclogger, Sharpener, & Holder by BladeTap — which makes it easy to keep your shaving razor clean, sharp, and shave ready at all times. You’ll be able to avoid those annoying ingrown hairs for good.
Following up your shave or wax with some type of moisturizer helps keep your skin hydrated and soft. Moisturizing regularly not only improves your skin’s health, but it also softens your body hair. Think of it like this — moisturizing after shaving/waxing is just like conditioning after shampooing. Keeping your skin hydrated will help keep the ingrown hairs away.