Ingrown hair suck! Period. Each time you decide to go in for a hair removal treatment, you get miraculously caught up in the ingrown hair hell? They are itchy, slightly painful and downright irritating? Well, we understand.

When a hair follicle is trapped into the skin, usually due to dead skin, causing inflammation and irritation, it gives rise to ingrown hair. While they can be extremely annoying, they are not exactly harmful. These can be treated with simple remedies and they often heal in a few days.

Here’s how you can effectively prevent and deal with ingrown hair...

Exfoliation is the key
 

Exfoliation is the key

Exfoliation is the key to prevent and treat ingrown hair. It really is that basic and simple. Dead skin is one of the main causes of ingrown hair, so regularly exfoliating will help heal your skin. You can use an exfoliating body wash or a loofah to help remove dirt and unclog pores.

Don’t shave without using shaving gels or creams
 

Don’t shave without using shaving gels or creams

While shaving, using a shaving cream or gel is an oh-so-important step that we so often tend to skip. These products add moisture to the skin and reduce friction, making the razor glide. This avoids sensitive bumps, irritation and redness. Always pick alcohol-free, sensitive formula, to prevent drying out your skin.

Switch to hair removal creams
 

Switch to hair removal creams

If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of waxing, we recommend you switch to hair removal creams instead of shaving. Shaving is the biggest factor that triggers ingrown hair because when the hair grows back post shaving, it has a sharper edge that can easily poke back into the skin.

Be mindful of the direction
 

Be mindful of the direction

Shaving or waxing your hair in the wrong direction is like giving fodder to ingrown hair. Shaving in the opposite direction to the hair growth actually cuts hair at a sharper angle, giving them a chance to grow back under the skin. It is advisable to shave in the same direction as hair growth to prevent this from happening.

Wear loose clothes
 

Wear loose clothes

Post shaving, it is important to let your skin breathe. Avoid wearing any tight pants or materials that tend to cause friction with your skin and irritate it. Constant rubbing from skin-tight pants is only going to worsen the ingrown hair situation.