6 Ways To Remove Ingrown Hairs For Good
Posted by Rachael Wheeler in Body, Health & Lifestyle
Office hot topic this week is one I’m sure everyone can sympathise with, even if we pretend we don’t, “how do I get rid of ingrown hairs? and "why do I get ingrown hairs??” Summer is here. That means areas of our bodies previously unseen for the last 6 months are going to see the light of day, ingrown hairs and all.
Well, they are caused by hair getting trapped beneath the skin’s surface, causing it to curl under and grow back on itself. It’s more common in areas where skin touches skin such as bikini line, armpits and around knees and thighs as bacteria and dirt can accumulate in these higher friction areas which leads to ingrown hairs. Lovely.
So if you're going to commit to summer hair removal for those sleeveless tops, bikinis on the beach and acres of bare leg this summer then don’t let any pesky ingrown hairs ruin your confidence. Oh and DON’T PICK THEM. Otherwise tiny ingrown hair will turn into a massive visible boil.
We’ve got the expert tips, model secrets and industry insight on how to get rid of ingrown hairs, to guarantee you don’t fall foul of those little red bumps and instead have flawless skin this summer.
1. Don't skip the shower
Before you pop on your shorts, realise your fuzzy knees are visible and whip out the dry razor over the sink for some emergency hair removal think again. The reason you should always shave in the shower is that the steam from the water softens the hairs and makes them easier to shave, meaning less drag and less razor burn and ingrown hairs.
2. Do dry Brush
Yes it’s boring and yes it takes a few minutes, but it really is the best way to get rid of ingrown hairs oh and reduces cellulite too. So maybe spending 5 minutes dry brushing in the morning isn't so bad after all...for smooth, lump and bump free skin
3. Do exfoliate regularly
One of the most important steps in learning how to get rid of ingrown hairs is regular exfoliation. Sorry ladies once a month just won’t cut it. 1-2 times a week is the best way to avoid build up of flaky skin and dead skin cells around the air follicle. Which can act like a plug (yuck) and trap your hair under the skin. Before you reach for your razor, use an all-over body exfoliator like Clinique sparkle skin Body Exfoliator.
4. Do avoid oil based products
If your suffer from ingrown hairs on a regular basis consider switching your usual products for oil free ones. Oil keeps skin hydrated but can trap dirt between it and your skin causing build ups and ingrown hairs to occur. We asked some top waxers how to get rid of ingrown hairs and their advice was to use antibacterial washes such as The Body Shop Tea Tree Body Wash to keep skin clean and prevent ingrown hairs building up. And follow up with a soothing oil free moisturiser. Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Body Lotion
5. Do change your razor
Even if you've found the perfect razor, it's so important to get new blades regularly. Aka every other shave. Dull razors cause drag, irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs. Now who’s reaching for the clean, shiny blades?
6. Don't Pick
Everyone’s human, sometimes it’s just too tempting not to pick. BUT only do it if if the spot looks ready and use a sterilised tweezer like Tweezerman Ingrown Hair and Splinter Tweezer. If the hair doesn’t come out straight away then put them down and leave it. Otherwise you could cause scarring. *You have been warned.