Aside from being uncomfortable and ugly, what are ingrown hairs? In essence, an ingrown hair is a hair that began growing outward (like hair typically does), but coiled inward and began to grow beneath the top layer of your skin. This inward development might result in a little lump that looks like a pimple in areas that don’t ordinarily break out, such as your bikini line or calf.
Curly hair is more prone to ingrown hairs than straight hair because curly hair grows in non-linear orientations. Sweating, natural oil production, and hair removal are all frequent habits that might cause them to form. They may happen everywhere, although they’re more common in hair-removal hot zones like the brows, underarms, and bikini line. Here’s how to get rid of ingrown hairs for good, regardless of how or why you acquired them:
1- First Make Sure It’s an Ingrown Hair
Make sure the bulge on your skin is actually an ingrown hair. Take a look at it first. According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, head of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Dermatology, “if you can see the hair beneath the skin, that’s an apparent symptom.” Then there’s the question of where it is. “The placement will assist suggest what sort of bump you’re dealing with,” says Dr. Geeta Yadav. It’s more likely to be an ingrown hair than a typical pimple if it’s in a place where you shave, wax, or otherwise depilate often.” Is the bump painful or inflamed as well? Is there a yellow pustule on it? If it hurts and doesn’t appear to go away after a month, consult a doctor.
2- STOP Shaving !! But why ??
Shaving isn’t terrible in and of itself — after all, it is a type of physical exfoliation — but the way hair regrows after a shave can cause issues. Because of its sharp, accurate tip, a razor cuts hair at a steep angle, and as the shaved hair regrows, it’s more likely to come back as an ingrown hair. Shave in the direction of the hair if you want to. According to Dr. Yadav, it may lessen the likelihood of ingrown hairs in the future
Waxing is one approach to prevent ingrown hairs by weakening fresh hair growth. If waxing seems too uncomfortable, consider using depilatory lotions or an electric gadget to remove hair without the odor, waiting time, deep breathing, or cleanup.
3- The Acid is one of the best solutions
Exfoliation is the remedy if you know it’s an ingrown hair. There are several techniques to exfoliate, but acids (such as glycolic, salicylic, and lactic) are the simplest and quickest. Topical treatments with acids loosen the outermost layer of skin cells, preventing and treating ingrown hairs at the same time. “I strongly prefer glycolic and lactic acids, which are efficient but mild (especially around the pubic area), as well as salicylic acid,” Dr. Yadav explains.
You can utilize what you already have on your body if you’re an avid skin-care consumer who uses it on your face. However, retinol should be avoided.
Dry-scrubbing, which involves vigorously brushing your body with stiff bristles to extend the life of self-tanner and stimulate the lymphatic systems of supermodels, accomplishes a lot more than that. Because you’re continually pushing hair out of the way and releasing tucked-under ingrown hairs, this type of physical exfoliation prevents ingrown hairs from developing.
Limit yourself to weekly body treatments since dry-brushing is a harsher technique to exfoliate. A moistened exfoliating mitt may give your body a thorough, but less harsh, sweeping if you want a toned-down sensation. However, if your skin is really sensitive or prone to redness, you may want to avoid all of this.
5- Finish with a Smoothing Scrub
Scrubs are a gentler alternative to dry brushing for reducing ingrown hairs around the bikini line and on the body (they are still too harsh for your face). Use a sugar or salt scrub that isn’t overly oily, since too much oil can block pores and encourage the growth of additional ingrown hairs. Look for a finer grained scrub with those aforementioned exfoliating acids in its recipe if you want to cover more bases. If you want to get rid of ingrown hairs for good, scrub once or twice a week.