Ingrown hairs are quite annoying problem although they are not serious medical condition. The hair grows inside the skin instead of going out. Ingrown hairs usually appear after shaving since the hair has sharp edge which grows into the skin. Tight clothes and waxing can also cause ingrown hairs.
Individuals with curly and coarse hair are more prone to having ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs can cause small, irritating pimples which can be infected. So, if you want to prevent ingrown hairs then you may try the following tips:
- Up your pre-shave game.
Use hot steam before shaving. Hot shower or bath is recommended but you can also put some warm cloth on the area you want to shave. First, gently wash the area with mild cleanser and then apply some shaving gel or cream. Wait for a few minutes. This will soften the hairs and they will be less prone to coarse breakage.
- Choose the right razor.
Use quality razor not the cheap ones. It should be sharp and once the blade becomes dull, replace it immediately. You can use single bladed or multi-bladed razors and choose which one is best for you.
- Use proper shaving technique.
You should shave with the grain and rinse the blade after every move. Do not press it hard to your skin. At the end wash the area gently with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.
- Apply acne medication to affected area.
If ingrown hairs appear even after proper shaving technique, use acne cream and apply it to the ingrown hair spots as the cream will reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Don’t touch it!
When you have an ingrown hair never touch it with your fingers because they are covered with harmful bacteria and with touching the spot you can cause inflammation, infection and irritation. So, hands off!!!
- Exfoliate regularly.
Exfoliating cleans your skin from dirt and dead cells and also makes the hairs soft. In this way the skin cells cannot block the pores and cause ingrown hairs. If you have ingrown hair exfoliating the area can reduce the problem soon.
- Remove the hair with tweezers.
When the hair appears on the skin surface, take sterilized tweezers and pull out the hair from its inflamed chasm. But first you need to wipe the area with a cotton pad previously soaked in rubbing alcohol. After removing the hair, clean the area with soap and apply antibacterial cream to the spot.
- Simply stop shaving or waxing.
If you want to avoid ingrown hairs you can stop shaving and waxing. Just let your hair grow freely. Who knows, you may like it!