How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
If you’re like me and 100,000 other Americans you have problems with ingrown hairs. I think you will agree with me, that it’s a semi-embarrassing situation that can lead to a lot of pain.
Our blog post ” What causes ingrown hairs” explains some of the major causes of ingrown hairs. After reading that you will realize that it’s not always in your control because of hair and skin type. But for the majority of people, you can treat and prevent ingrown hairs.
How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to determine whether shaving or waxing or any other hair removal methods are the cause of them. Choose the method which irritates the area the least. You may have to experiment with a few hair removal methods but over time but you should eventually find one that works.
Shaving:”When shaving, there are a few precautions that can be taken to prevent ingrown hairs including proper shaving techniques and preparation of the skin before shaving. When shaving, applying the proper amount of lubrication (in the form of shaving cream, gel, or soap) is important to prevent the hair from being forced underneath the surface of the skin. Also, the application of too much force with a razor can contribute to hair that is cut shorter than the surrounding dermis. Using a beard trimmer at the lowest setting (1 mm or 0.5 mm) instead of shaving is an effective alternative.” Wiki
Waxing is often the solution that people choose to prevent ingrown hairs. When choosing to wax, make sure that you choose a professional that has been certified and has reputable reviews. The esthetician or waxing technician should be able to explain to you the proper way to care for your skin before and after waxing. You can also try home waxing but the results will likely not be as good as a job as a professional.
Trimming: is another method of preventing ingrown hairs. While you won’t get a completely “bald effect” you will be able to keep the hair at a more ruly length. There are a lot of really good trimmers our there!
HPL Hair removal: The most effective way to prevent ingrown hair is HPL hair removal. Hpl hair removal methods are more of a permanent solution. We’ve done countless hours of research and have found the highest rated Hpl system.
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What if it’s not because of hair removal?
If you have found that none of these hair removal methods affect your ingrown hairs then it is likely because you are not exfoliating enough. Invest in a really good scrub brush to prevent your ingrown hairs.
No matter what method of preventative measures you take to prevent ingrown hairs, you should use the following tips for post waxing or shaving:
Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize every single day with a pumice glove. Use only liquid soap!
Don’t wear tight panties, pants or leggings for the next few days.
Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin. This can encourage irritation or small pimples.
Opt for a shower. Don’t take a hot bath or hot tub for the rest of the day.
No tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms for the next two days.
Short-term abstinence. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24 – 48 hours.