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Ingrown hairs aren’t anything serious, but they sure are irritating and embarrassing. Say “so long” to sore ingrown hairs with our helpful tips!
What is an ingrown hair?
Anyone can get ingrown hairs, but they are more common in people that have curly hair or very coarse hair. In women, ingrown hairs are common on the legs, pubic area, and arm pits, but you can really get them anywhere that you shave. Ingrown hairs often lead to skin irritation. It produces raised red bumps that look like pimples or they can form a painful boil-like sore. Although rare, some can even get infected.
What causes ingrown hairs?
- Dead skin cells can block hair follicles which forces the hair to grow sideways under the skin
- Shaving causes the hair that grows back to have a sharper edge, so it can more easily poke back through the skin and get trapped under the surface
How to prevent ingrown hairs
Even though most ingrown hairs will go on their own, most people will understandably prefer not to have them. Here’s some tips to prevent ever having to deal with them:
- Shave with a sharp, single-bladed razor
- Shave in the same direction as hair growth
- Exfoliate once or twice a day to remove the dead skin cells
- Make sure that your razor is sharp
- Don’t push down too hard when shaving
- Don’t wear clothes that are too tight
- Apply a cool washcloth to your skin after you shave to reduce irritation
- Use as few strokes as possible when shaving
- Use shaving gel/cream before shaving
- Rinse your blade frequently