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Get rid of ingrown hair (and stop it from coming back)
If you’ve ever waxed, shaved or had any type of hair removal in your life, then you’re likely to have experienced an ingrown hair.
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One of the most common beauty problems, they can cause irritation, red, bumpy skin and even scarring if you're prone to picking at them.
Prefer your skin to be silky smooth and bump-free? Here's everything you need to know about those pesky ingrowns, including what they are, how they form and how to get rid of ingrown hair for good...
What is an ingrown hair?
Ingrown hairs are exactly that, a hair that has grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it. This commonly happens after hair has been removed or cut. Once that hair tries to grow back, the hair follicle can sometimes be blocked from dead skin cells, forcing the hair to change direction and grow sideways under the skin instead of upwards.
How can I tell if I have an ingrown hair?
Ingrown hairs commonly appear as raised, red bumps, quite similar to pimples. The bumps can be itchy, tender and uncomfortable. You may be able to see the hair underneath the skin, and the bump can sometimes be filled with pus. For women, ingrown hairs are most commonly found on the underarms, legs and pubic area (yep, ingrown pubic hair is a thing). For men, ingrown hairs can appear on the chin, cheeks or neck, usually wherever hair removal has taken place.
How can I treat ingrown hairs?
Similar to a pimple, you shouldn’t scratch or pick at an ingrown hair bump. This can lead to infection and scarring. Instead you should use an ingrown hair treatment to reduce the swelling and draw out the hair. Our top picks for ingrown hair treatments are:
How can I prevent getting ingrown hairs in the future?
Exfoliating your skin regularly can help to prevent ingrown hairs, as it will lessen the chance of dead skin cells blocking hair follicles. The treatments above can also be used as prevention methods, simply by applying them straight after hair removal. For the best bump-free results, exfoliate the skin before hair removal, followed by a pre shave treatment like Dermalogica Pre-Shave Guard or Schick Hydro Clear Shave Gel Prep to soften the skin. If they're good enough for your man’s face, they're good enough for your legs!
Do you suffer from ingrown hairs? How do you prefer to treat them?