How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs and Keep Them From Coming Back
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How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs and Keep Them From Coming Back

How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs and Keep Them From Coming BackHow To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs and Keep Them From Coming Back

Hair removal can be a time consuming and painful experience. From taking the time to shave, to the razor burn that happens to those with sensitive skin, it is not something people usually enjoy doing. But, one thing makes it an even worse experience. Specifically ingrown hairs. 

Unfortunately, part of the deal when it comes to hair removal is that there is always a risk of getting ingrown hairs. Luckily, they don’t have to happen. The first step is to get rid of the ones that you have and the next is to prevent them from coming back. 

In this article, we will start with their removal and then give you some tips on how to avoid ingrown hairs

What is ingrown hair?

When hair grows, it usually is strong enough to poke right through the pore and grow out of the skin. Sometimes, the hair either gets stuck under the skin and curls back around getting stuck underneath. And other times, the pores are clogged and block the exit of the growing hair. 

A bump then forms around it and they can get infected. Many people mistake ingrown hair for pimples, but they are actually different even though the bacteria is pretty much the same. 

They can be quite uncomfortable just having them but they can really drive you crazy when they occur where clothes rub against them. And when you shave the next time, they often get cut and bleed which is really painful. 

What causes ingrown hairs?

Preventing ingrown hairs from happening depends on understanding how they form to begin with. This way you can avoid some of the factors that caused them to happen. 

Some people are more susceptible to getting ingrown hairs as the type of hair that you have is a contributing factor. If you have short, curly and thick hair then you are at a higher risk because it is more likely the hair will curl back before it comes out of the skin. 

You have probably noticed that most of your ingrown hair happens in the bikini area. This is because the hair there is much different than that on your legs. 

When you shave, if the hair is not cut down that far below the surface of the skin then there is a chance that it will get stuck as it grows back. In other cases, your pores could be clogged and even infected with bacteria which prevent the hair from growing out easily. This causes the painful kind of ingrown hairs as it is infected like a pimple. 

How to get rid of ingrown hairs

The least painful and safest way to remove an ingrown hair is to let it remove itself. With a little help from you, of course. Avoid tweezing the ingrown hairs as you could actually make it worse and even end up breaking out in pimples as the bacteria spreads. 

Instead, try to coax the hair out on its own. Try using heat and exfoliation to get it out on its own. First, soak in a hot bath with the infected area heating up and getting soaked so it softens up. Then, use an exfoliating scrub to remove a few layers of the skin over it. This alone may work to release the hair. At this point you can then tweeze the hair out without risk of infection and pain. 

How to prevent ingrown hairs

The very first thing to do if you are tired of ingrown hair is to put the razor away for good. This is the most likely reason you keep getting them. Instead turn to some shaving alternatives.

One of the easiest ways to get rid of hair is using a depilatory cream. It can remove a lot of hair all at once in less than ten minutes. And the best part is that it dissolves the hair deep down close to the root so it doesn’t get stuck growing out again. Many of these creams have moisturizers to keep the skin moist and soft so it also feels much better than shaving. 

Waxing is also effective for the same reason that creams work well to prevent ingrown hairs from coming back. It pulls the hair out by the roots so they are less likely to grow back under the skin. It can be painful, however. 

If you do decide to stick with shaving with a razor, make sure to shave with the growth of the hair and not against it. It won’t be as close a shave but it is less likely to grow back ingrown. 

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