Do you get ingrown hairs? You know, those pesky irritations or cysts that seem to come at the most inconvenient times. Turns out, most of us who engage in hair removal do, and we’re getting to the bottom of the bump so you don’t have to.
If you shave, wax, or tweeze, we’re talking to you. You’re an ingrown hair’s prime target. When one appears, you’ll experience pain, inflammation, and bumps, which are often the dominant symptoms. How do you know if you’re prone to getting these bothersome knots? Any person can be victim to these irritating bumps, but those with coarse hair seem to get the most ingrowns. Yes, this means be careful with your bikini area. Men also need to be aware of their beard and neck as this is a common place for ingrowns to appear.
As annoying and painful as ingrowns can get, the good news is the irritated areas often heal themselves. But we’re all about getting ahead of skin concerns, so we’re showing you ways to treat and prevent ingrowns from popping up again. One thing to look out for is chronic ingrowns, which result in hyperpigmentation, scarring, or infection. To avoid the inflammation and seek an ingrown-free life, follow our guide to healing and preventing troublesome ingrown hairs.
Exfoliating your skin helps remove dead skin cells, which prevents hairs from getting trapped and turning into razor bumps. Try our DIY lip scrub, but make enough to slather onto your entire body, or a scrub that doesn’t overdo it. Using too many actives, like acids, can irritate the skin. Our favorite is C & The Moon’s Malibu Made Body Scrub. You can also opt for exfoliating tools, like these mittens or this brush. Apply a pH-balancing soap and scrub away.
Polished Exfoliating Mittens
Zena Foster Beauty
Malibu Made Body Scrub
C & The Moon
Incorporating a pre-shave routine by heating up the areas you shave can do wonders. Start by washing your skin with warm water or by applying a hot compress to the area. Heating up the area is also great for those who shave their face, allowing their pores to open more fully.
A few minutes before your shave, apply a shaving cream or gel to soften the skin. If you’re looking for an all-natural hack, try using conditioner. It’ll lessen the clutter and still leave your skin silky smooth. Coconut oil is also a great all-natural option, but feel free to try a coconut melt for a convenient dry shave.
100% Organic Coconut Melt
Fragrance Free Essential Bundle
Sugarcoat Shave Gel-To-Milk
OUI the People
Regular ingrown hairs could be due to your yoga pants or biker shorts. The attire we work out in is essential to ingrown hair prevention. Think about it: the constant friction from tight clothing causes ingrowns to inflame. Swap your leggings for loose-fitting clothes for the day (or until the ingrown calms down).
Cozy Knit Pant In Dusk
Waxing, shaving, and tweezing are the most likely culprits when it comes to ingrown hairs. If hair removal is a must in your life, then the next best option is ditching the razor for a week. Instead, try new methods, like an electric razor, a chemical hair remover, or a cream that reduces hair growth. Laser hair removal is another option for those looking to lose the razor.
Rechargeable Electric Shaver
Dull shaves are just how they sound: dull. Avoid ingrown hairs by replacing your razor frequently or washing your electric blades. Sharper blades remove hair with ease, whereas dull blades tug at the skin. Make sure you’re changing your razor blade every five to seven shaves to prevent irritation and the spread of bacteria.
Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor
OUI The People
Cell turnover supplements are a great everyday way to improve your body’s overall wellness. The supplements enhance your skin’s appearance as it fights dead skin cells, prevent pore-clogging, and prevent bacterial infections and uneven complexions.
Collagen Inner Beauty Boost Supercharged
The Beauty Chef
Liquid Multi-Vitamin Supplement
Complexion Dietary Supplement Capsules
Hydration is ALWAYS important, and long-lasting moisture is exactly what the skin needs. Dry and dead skin is precisely what traps the hair follicle in the first place.
Repair: Healing Whipped Body Butter
Flores All Day Cream
Medicated alternatives are essential to the removal process. Adding a retinol is effective in ingrown hair treatment as it successfully removes dead skin cells. Retinol also helps the reduction of scarring from previous ingrowns.
Fresh Moon Dip Body
Apple Cider Vinegar Bath:
We’re fans of apple cider vinegar as a daily shot as it helps curb cravings and remove toxins from your body. The ingredient is also great in DIY face masks, but today we’re introducing the ACV bath. An apple cider vinegar bath is beneficial for many reasons, including swollen areas like pimples, warts, and ingrowns. You can also use apple cider vinegar to spot-treat, which will help open your pores. You can spot-treat an ingrown hair by soaking a reusable round with apple cider vinegar and dabbing it on the infected area. After 10 to 15 minutes, wash the area with water. This will help the pores open up and allow the trapped hair to emerge.
What you need:
Fill the tub halfway with warm water
Add 1 to 2 cups of ACV *if it’s your first time using ACV, start with 1/2 cup
Add a scoop of Epsom salt
Mix ingredients with foot
Soak for 20 minutes
Pure Luxury Organic Bamboo Reusable Rounds
Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Epsom Salt Soak
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