Ingrown hairs are the worst, aren’t they? Not only are they gross, but they can also be really painful. Unfortunately, ingrown hairs are far too common especially if you wax or shave. They can happen pretty much anywhere on your body, but they’re most likely to happen on your bikini area. An ingrown occurs when a hair curls in on itself and gets trapped under the skin. The hair then continues to grow under your skin, which causes irritation and those gross bumps that look like pimples. Ingrowns suck, but they happen to everyone and luckily are treatable.
I had a really bad battle with ingrown hairs a few years ago after a waxing horror show. My wax technician pulled the wax off in the wrong direction, which made my skin freak out. It was ingrown central, and it took a while for me to get things back in order. But ingrowns continued to be a problem for me after that so I resorted to laser hair removal because I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. If you’re struggling with ingrowns, check out these tips and tricks for getting rid of and preventing them:
Trust me, I know how difficult this is. When you see an ingrown, you desperately want to get it out. You'll do anything to remove it, but I promise, it's not worth it to pick. If you follow these tips, the hair will work itself out. Don't dig into your skin and try to get it because you can end up with a very severe infection and land yourself in the hospital.
Remove Hair If You Can
Now, you absolutely should not pick at your ingrown hair, but if the hair is working itself out you can remove it. Sanitize a pair of tweezers and gently pull out the hair. If you can't get it, wait a little longer.
Hold Off On Further Waxing/Shaving
You need to treat the affected area first before you continue waxing or shaving. If you keep up with it, you may end up causing more ingrowns that you have to treat.
This is one of the best things you can and should do. Exfoliate before waxing or shaving, and exfoliate after to prevent ingrowns. Exfoliating can also help remove ingrowns because you're removing the dead skin on top of the hair, which will allow it to come free. Don't over-do it, though. Stick to 2-3 times a week.
A lot of places will try to sell you products specifically tailored to ingrown hairs, but I'll tell you a secret: acne products can treat them just the same, if not better! If you're battling ingrowns, break out the salicylic and glycolic acids because they are your BFFs. Put some acne cream on an ingrown bump and that hair will be out of there in no time.
The skin near your bikini line is sensitive, just like your face. If you're getting rid of ingrowns, you're likely drying the area out like you do your face when treating blemishes. So you need to moisturize as well. This will also prevent ingrowns from forming in the first place.
See A Dermatologist
If you can't get a handle on your ingrown hairs or start feeling pain or a cyst-like bump, go see a dermatologist ASAP. It could be an infection, and you'll want to get it treated immediately. My dermatologist gave me a cream that's similar to an acne cream I use on my face that gets rid of ingrowns practically overnight. Don't be embarrassed! They're supposed to help with your skin, no matter where it is on your body.
Have you ever had ingrown hairs? How did you deal with them? Tell us in the comments!