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
- Don’t shave without using shaving gels or creams
- Be mindful of the direction
- Wear loose clothes
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
While shaving, using always slather on a generous amount of shaving cream to thoroughly moisturise the area. This is because shaving cream helps to reduce friction and makes shaving a smoother experience and reduces the chances of sensitive bumps, irritation and redness.
Be mindful of the direction
When you sahve, never shave in the wrong direction as this leads to more chances of ingrown hair. We have been told to always shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth, but this is wrong information as it leads to hair growing under the skin. Always shave in the same direction to avoid ingrown hair.
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.