How to avoid ingrown hairs
Those of us who have experienced them are all too aware that ingrown hairs are annoying. They occur when hairs have curled around and grown back into the skin, causing redness, itchiness, sore spots, and whiteheads. They most commonly pop up in areas where there is frequent hair removal, such as the bikini area, legs, and underarms.
So here is how to avoid them.
Build up of dead skin cells increases the likelihood of ingrown hairs. However, regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and keep them to a minimum, reducing the chance of ingrown hairs.
Look for alternatives to shaving
Shaving massively increases risk of ingrown hairs. You can significantly reduce your risk by letting your hair grow naturally and freely, but body hair isn't for everyone. If you like to be smooth and hair-free, then hair removal cream may be a better option for you.
Use good razor blades
If you want to shave, using a good blade will help to reduce occurrence of ingrown hairs. The blades on disposable razors dull very quickly, so it is best to avoid disposables. Ensure that you are changing the blade on your razor regularly.
Use a good shaving cream
A good shaving cream makes all the difference as it stops the blade from dragging against your skin, irritating sensitive spots. An alcohol-free, sensitive cream will help to stop the skin from drying out.
Shave with the grain
Shaving against the direction of hair growth cuts the hair at a sharper angle, making it more likely to grow into an ingrown hair. For best results, shave in the same direction as hair growth.
After shave treatments
There are several products available designed to be used after shaving. Look for one that prevents clogging of pores and build up of dead skin cells, as both of these things can lead to ingrown hairs.