The reason we shave or wax is to achieve that soft silky beautiful hairless body. However, if not done properly, shaving and waxing can cause ingrown hair. Ingrown hair occurs when hair becomes trap in the follicle and begins to grown backward into the skin. This results in a red, irritated bump that can become sore and infected.
Treating Ingrown Hair
The solution to remove ingrown hair is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a dermatological-grade product that can be found in the skincare aisle at any drugstore.
The next time you shave/wax
As ingrown hair is a painful result of incorrect shaving or waxing technique, it is clear that your shaving technique need to be changed. Shaving too closely or repeated passes with the razor over the same area can cause ingrown hair. Therefore, you will need to use a sharp razor to shave relaxed skin in the same direction hair grows to avoid cropping the hairs too closely.
Remember to exfoliate before you start shaving. Use a washcloth or a gentle cleanser with scrubbing particles to remove the top layer of dead skin cells that can clog hair follicles, and cause hair to curl downward back into your skin.
- Always use shaving cream. Look for sensitive skin brands.
- The lubricating and anti-bacterial effects of tea tree oil may have some success on the treatment of ingrown hair.
- Use a gentle astringent like witch hazel to reduce swelling and redness caused by ingrown hair
- Don’t use acne medications containing salicylic acid on days when you shave.
- Don’t exfoliate your skin if you already have ingrown hairs, as this causes even more irritation.
- Avoid products containing alcohol, as they tend to dry the skin and close pores
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