9 Tips On How To Prevent And Deal With Ingrown Hairs

Not getting a close enough shave and razor burn are two very annoying things that can happen after shaving, but ingrown hairs just might be the worst thing. Sorry if that sounds melodramatic but if you’ve ever had a pesky hair — or hairs — trapped in a very visible spot, you can see my point.

If you’re not 100 percent sure what an ingrown hair is, it’s a pesky hair that has twisted around and grown back into the skin as opposed to growing out of the pore like it’s supposed to. The result can be round spots that look like hives, pimples, or red bumps. Looooovely.

The best thing to do is try to prevent ingrown hairs from happening with a few easy tricks. If you do get one, there are ways to treat it. It’s important to follow them because if you do the wrong things, it could lead to infection. And no one wants that. So, have a look at nine useful tips on how to prevent and treat ingrown hairs.


Exfoliate On The Regular

One of the easiest ways to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate regularly. Get in the habit of keeping a body scrub by the bath or shower and use it a few times a week. The exfoliator will help keep skin silky soft and remove dead skin cells. It will also reduce the chance of getting ingrown hairs because there won't be any flaky skin cells for the hair to get trapped under.

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Use A New Razor Blade

I get the temptation to keep using a razor to get all your money's worth. The problem is that a dull razor makes shaving take three times as long because you have to keep going over the area. This doesn't just cause irritation. It can also lead to ingrown hairs. An old razor won't cut the hair evenly which means ingrown hair central. Make sure you're actually throwing out disposable razors and/or you're switching razor heads frequently. And don't skimp on the shaving cream. And absolutely no dry shaving.

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Try A Different Hair Removal Method

If you find that you've done the above and you keep getting ingrown hairs, you might want to consider trying a different hair removal method like waxing or using a depilatory cream. Some people find that shaving gives them the most ingrown hairs. With waxing, the hair is removed at the root which means longer regrowth time and it could mean less ingrown hairs. Just remember to keep exfoliating so those little hairs grow where they're supposed to.

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Try Shaving In The Direction Of Hair Growth

Don't want to give up shaving? You can try switching up your technique to see if it makes a difference. It's likely that you're shaving against the direction of hair growth for the smoothest shave. But, it can lead to irritation and cause ingrown hairs. When you shave with the hair growth, you might find that skin is less irritated. Note the shave might not be as smooth, but you'll probably think that it's a fair trade off if you don't get ingrown hairs.

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Try A Product Meant For Ingrown Hairs

If ingrown hairs are a frequent problem of yours, you might think it's worth it to spend some money on a skincare product that is specifically meant to treat them. There are a range of products for all budgets and often come in easy to apply formulas like lotions and wipes. They're basically next-level exfoliators that help stop bumps from happening and treat ones that do form. Some examples are the Bliss Bump Attendant Pads ($20), the Completely Bare Bikini Bump Blaster Ingrown Hair & Bikini Bump Eliminator ($9.99), and the Anthony Ingrown Hair Treatment ($32).

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Do Not Pick Or Pop Ingrown Hairs

If you see ingrown hairs that look like whiteheads or they're filled with pus, you could end up with a case of folliculitis if they get infected. As tempting as it may be, do not pop or pick those hairs. Just leave them be. Picking can spread bacteria which can lead to infection. A bump that will last a couple of days is a lot less problematic than an infection. Trust.

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Consider A Post-Shave Treatment

I know, I know another product. If you don't want to commit to buying a specific thing for ingrown hairs quite yet, try a post-shave treatment. They're multitasking products that tackle a whole host of shaving issues including redness, irritation, razor burn, bumps, and ingrown hairs. See the Tree Hut Post Shave Soothing Mist ($9.99). You could also try borrowing a post-shave treatment from your dad, bro, boyfriend, whoever.

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Use A Cold Compress After Shaving

This is an easy hack that requires next-to-no effort so don't complain about it. When you're done shaving, apply a cool compress over the skin. Not only will it feel great, it will help reduce redness and irritation. Fingers crossed that can hopefully reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

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Carefully Remove The Hair

If the hair is poking out the skin's surface, you can consider carefully removing it with sterilized tweezers or a needle. It's essential that you only remove the hair if it's actually out of the skin and you're not *digging* or picking anything. And you need to make sure hands and tools are sterilized. There's even a tool specifically for the job...Tweezerman G.E.A.R. Ingrown Hair/Splintertweeze Stainless Steel Tweezer ($21.99).

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How do you deal with ingrown hairs? Let us know in the comments!

 

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