Over the last few years, I’ve received quite a few questions from readers asking me how to deal with ingrown hairs. I wasn’t sure what to tell them, because I’ve never actually experienced an ingrown hair myself! But luckily for us, OGT team member Britta (who also happens to be my daughter!) has experience with ingrown hairs, and she has generously offered to take the reigns and share some tips with us today!
For lucky folks like my mom who may not know, an ingrown hair is a hair that has started growing back into your skin, usually appearing as a painful red bump. There are a couple of different ways that ingrown hairs can form. First, coarse and curly hair are both prone to becoming ingrown, because they can curl or bend towards the skin and get trapped. Second, clogged pores can also be blame for ingrown hairs. Oil, dirt, and dead skin cells can clog up a hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow sideways rather than out.
Unfortunately for me, not only do I have thick, coarse hair, I also have oily, problematic skin. This is a pretty unfortunate pairing when it comes to ingrown hairs, and it’s why I’ve experienced them ever since I started shaving as a teen. I never really knew what to do about them, until a few years ago when I got some waxing done by a very wise esthetician. After we finished, she gave me some really excellent advice about how to prevent and treat ingrown hairs. I’ve used her advice ever since, and I’m excited to share it with you all today!
How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs
The first thing my wise 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 hair removal will help keep oil, dead skin, and other gunk from clogging up those open hair follicles and causing ingrown hairs. So following any kind of hair removal (whether its waxing, shaving, etc.), use an exfoliating glove or cloth when you shower to exfoliate the area. Use a gentle amount of pressure and small, circular motions.
Another important part of preventing ingrown hairs is making sure you are using good shaving practices. Shave in the same direction as your hair grows to minimize tugging and pulling. Use a sharp razor with 3 or more blades for a smooth shave, and use a shaving cream with moisturizing ingredients. All these things will help minimize irritation and help prevent the formation of ingrown hairs.
How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs
After the esthetician gave me the exfoliating glove, she also handed me another item: a sample-sized bottle of a product called PFB Vanish. She said the product was amazing at soothing the angry red bumps and irritation that often follow after shaving or waxing. After trying it, I was blown away by how well it worked! Not only did it help soothe the redness and irritation, but I also discovered that it was like a miracle cure for ingrown hairs that had already formed. I promptly bought a full-size bottle of PFB Vanish and I’ve been using it religiously ever since!
So what exactly is PFB Vanish, and how does it work? It’s a roll-on gel that contains chemical exfoliants and moisturizing ingredients. The exfoliants help bring ingrown hairs to the surface quickly (usually within a day or two), and also help prevent ingrown hairs from forming in the first place. Because PFB Vanish contains exfoliating acids, it does tend to sting a little while you’re applying it. But the sting only lasts for a few seconds, and the results are so worth it!
I haven’t used many other products that treat ingrown hairs, so I can’t compare PFB Vanish versus other gels and creams. But this one works so effectively, I’ve never had a reason to try another product! It is my saving grace when it comes to ingrown hairs, and I recommend it to people all the time. I even convinced my husband to give it a try a few months ago, and now he’s a believer too! His neck tends to get irritated a few days after shaving as the hair starts to grow back. But now he just swipes on PFB Vanish a couple times a day, and all the irritation and itchiness just disappear!
I don’t sweat ingrown hairs anymore, thanks to that lovely esthetician who gave me the exfoliating glove, the sample of PFB Vanish, and a whole lot of great advice. I can’t change the texture of my hair or the way my pores tend to get clogged up, but this two-pronged approach is as close to a “cure” for ingrown hairs as I could hope for! If you struggle with ingrown hairs like I do, I highly recommend giving this method a try. I’m certain it will work as miraculously for you as it has for me!