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How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs - 5 Easy Tips

Updated on October 16, 2013

Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hair is the result of your hair growing back into the hair follicle and getting trapped by the skin. It can be painful and very itchy. You may also get razor bumps which are unsightly and make your problem all the more troublesome. One way to stop ingrown hairs is to stop shaving, plucking or any other hair removal method. But this is next to impossible as nobody wants to have a face and body covered with hair. So what should you do? The answer is simpler and easier than what you might be thinking. Find out how to get rid of ingrown hairs by learning proper shaving techniques and observing basic skin care regimen.

Ingrown hairs are not only unsightly but painful as well.
Ingrown hairs are not only unsightly but painful as well. | Source

What Causes Ingrown Hairs?

You get ingrown hairs when your hair bends back and re-enters the skin. Nobody is safe from ingrown hairs, but others are more likely to suffer from it compared to others. People with thick and curly hair usually get ingrown hairs more often because the tendency of the hair to bend back is greater. Ingrown hair often results after shaving, especially when proper shaving techniques are neglected.

How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs

1. Use tweezers.

An easy way to remove ingrown hair is by using a good old pair of tweezers. First, you have to prepare your hair for removal. This is as simple as taking a hot shower or applying a washcloth soaked in hot water over the area where you will remove ingrown hair. Leave the cloth for about 5 minutes. Next, grab your tweezers and gently pull the hair out of the follicle or use scissors to trim it off.

2. Prepare your skin before shaving.

Observing proper shaving techniques is essential when you want to keep ingrown hairs to a minimum. Many people suffer from ingrown hairs because of improper shaving and wrong use of razors. What you need to do first is to prepare your skin. Take a hot shower to soften the skin and open the hair follicles. This makes it easier to remove the hair. Next, always remember to use a clean and sharp razor. It is recommended to use a single-bladed razor as those with multiple blades make the hair draw back and get trapped into the skin. You can also use an electric shaver and see if it works better for you. When shaving, do not run the razor several times on one area. Try to shave with the fewest strokes possible and never shave against the direction of hair growth.

3. Use before and after shave products.

Many think that shaving products are unnecessary and will just add to the already long list of expenses. But these products may be just what you need to get rid of ingrown hairs and prevent them from coming back. They allow the blade to glide smoothly over your skin and protect it from infection. It is recommended to use a product that adds moisture to your skin to make it smooth and supple.

4. Disinfect your razor.

It is imperative that you always disinfect your razor before use. This is especially true when you have an infected ingrown hair. In such a case, it is suggested to clean your shaver thoroughly or even change your razor completely. This will help you avoid re-introducing bacteria to your skin.

5. Exfoliate your skin.

One thing that can contribute to having ingrown hairs is failure to exfoliate your skin regularly. Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, increasing the chances of clogging your hair follicles and not allowing your hair to grow out as it should. Make it a habit to exfoliate twice weekly using a gentle facial exfoliant. You can also use a loofah to rub other areas of your body. This will help you get rid of ingrown hairs and reduce your chances of getting other unwanted guests as well such as pimples and blackheads.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Very useful tips.