These Are The Best Ways To Deal With Ingrown Hairs
In recent years, I’ve received quite a few emails and messages from readers asking me to share some of the best ways to deal with ingrown hairs. But having never actually experienced ingrown hairs myself, I wasn’t sure I was the right person for the job!
Lucky for us (and somewhat unlucky for her), my daughter Britta has experience with ingrown hairs, and she was willing to share her expertise with me so that I could pass the info onto you!
What Causes Ingrown Hairs?
Ingrown hairs, as their name suggests, are hairs that are wholly or partially trapped under the surface of the skin, and typically appear as a painful, red bump. There are a couple of different ways that ingrown hairs can form.
The first is when the hair curls or bends towards the skin and gets trapped, which often happens with both coarse and curly hair. The second way ingrown hairs can form is due to clogged pores — body oil, dirt, and dead skin can clog up the hair follicle and force the hair to grow sideways, rather than straight up and out.
People like Britta who have coarse or curly hair and oily skin are doubly prone to getting ingrown hairs. But on the bright side, there are a few easy ways to either get rid of ingrown hairs or even prevent them from forming in the first place, which Britta picked up from a “wise and generous esthetician during a waxing appointment”.
2 Important Tips For Preventing Ingrown Hairs
1. Exfoliate To Prevent Ingrown Hairs
The first thing Britta’s esthetician emphasized was the importance of exfoliation. She handed me an exfoliating shower glove and told me, “This is your new best friend!” Exfoliating your skin after any sort of hair removal, with an exfoliating shower glove or other manual exfoliator, will help prevent oil, dead skin, and other gunk from clogging up your hair follicles.
After waxing or shaving, keep an exfoliating glove or cloth in your shower, and use it regularly to exfoliate the area. Use small, circular motions and gentle pressure to avoid irritating the skin.
2. Use Good Shaving Practices
Another way to prevent ingrown hairs is by using good shaving practices, including the following:
- Shave in the same direction as the hair grows to minimize tugging and pulling.
- Use a sharp razor with 3 or more blades for a smooth shave.
- Use a shaving cream with moisturizing ingredients.
These shaving tips will help minimize skin irritation and prevent the formation of ingrown hairs.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs
The final piece of game-changing advice Britta received from that esthetician was to use a product called PFB Vanish. This roll-on gel contains both soothing and exfoliating ingredients, and is great for soothing red bumps and minimizing irritation after shaving or waxing.
When used as directed, PFB Vanish is one of the best ways to get rid of ingrown hairs that have already formed. It speeds up cell turnover, causing ingrown hairs to surface and heal more quickly than they would otherwise — often within a day or two! (The exfoliating acids in PFB Vanish can sting a bit when you’re applying it, but the sensation is brief and the results are more than worth it!)
Not only does Britta swear by this product, but she even got her husband on board too. (His neck tends to get itchy and irritated a few days after he shaves, but apparently PFB Vanish helps a lot with that too!)
We may not be able to change the characteristics of our hair and skin, but that doesn’t mean we have to put up with painful ingrown hairs! If you struggle with ingrown hairs, I highly recommend using the advice in this post — I’m certain you’ll find it just as helpful as Britta has!
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Do you struggle with ingrown hairs?