Bumpy, irritating, and sometimes painful, ingrown hairs are the bane of those who just want smooth, hair-free limbs. Here’s what to do to get those bumpy bunnies out from their little burrows.
Don’t try to “dig” them out
Whatever you do, don’t try to tweeze out a hair that’s still ingrown! You’ll just end up traumatising your own skin, leaving a red mark or worse, a scar. If there are lots of ingrown hairs in one area, the first thing to do is just lay off the hair removal for a while. Pack your tools away and don’t wax, shave, or tweeze that area; just let it rest without irritating the skin further.
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Get rid of your dead skin
Ingrown hairs happen when skin cells grow over the hair follicle. Ironically, this tends to happen more when we try to remove body hair. Instead of trying to get the hair out, think about trying to clear the skin away. Usually, a bit of exfoliation will help the hairs to the surface of the skin. For shallow ingrown hairs, using a body scrub like the Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, $56, Sephora, will work wonders to get those hairs to re-emerge. For deeper ingrown hairs, you’ll need to invest in an ingrown hair treatment and apply it regularly to get that little baby out.
Use a bit of warmth
If your at-home hair removal routine regularly causes a lot of ingrown hairs, add this to your ritual – cover the whole area with a warm cloth to prep your skin before shaving. This helps your pores to open up, which makes it easier to shave or wax without getting ingrown hairs. You can also rub a little bit of oil – like the Weleda Pampering Body & Beauty Oil, $33.32, iherb – into the skin to smooth the way, pre-shave.
Pamper your skin post-hair removal
Removing hair stresses your skin out, and dehydrated skin is also a recipe for more ingrown hairs. So always remember to baby your skin after you’ve shaved, waxed or plucked any hairs away. The Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion, $25, Guardian,ingr is packed with natural plant oils to keep your skin smooth and soft.