Ingrown Hair – 7 Expert Tips That’ll Get Rid Of Them For Good
I don’t need to tell you how annoying ingrown hairs can be. If you’ve ever had one you’ll know just how painful, itchy and irritating they are. According to the NHS, these pesky little things happen when “hairs have curled round and grown back into the skin”, which can lead to itchy spots, redness, pigmentation and even whiteheads. Niiice.
Ingrown hairs can crop up anywhere, from the legs to the bikini line and under arms to the jawline, so how do we get rid of them? Follow our 7 expert tips and put a stop to those oh-so irritating bumps, once and for all…
1. Exfoliate often
According to the NHS “an ingrown hair can occur when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells”. This clogging can force a hair to grow sideways (ouch), but regular exfoliation (once a week) will help prevent that build up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Opt for Ameliorate’s Smoothing Body Exfoliant, the combination of lactic acid and physical micro-dermabrasion granules make it seriously effective at dissolving those ‘dead, follicle-clogging cells’. It’ll leave skin smoother and less prone to ingrown hairs.
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2. Consider hair removal creams
Shaving is the biggest culprit for triggering ingrown hairs, this is because ‘when the hair grows back, it has a sharper edge and can easily poke back into the skin’. The NHS recommends the simplest way to prevent them “is to let your hair grow freely without shaving it”, which is something I’m all for, after all, body hair is 100% natural and normal. But if you prefer to de-fluff, it’s worth trying a sensitive hair removal cream, instead.
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3. If you are going to shave, use the best blade
Remember, disposable razors are just that – disposable. We’ve all been there, that yellow Bic razor has been lurking in the corner of your shower for wayyy to long, and yet you reach for it anyway. The next day, your bod is shaving rash central… That’s because disposable razors aren’t deigned for long-term use, the blades can dull quickly and leave you with an uneven, bumpy shave – which will only exasperate the ingrown hair situ. Gillette’s Venus razors come highly recommended by the majority of reviewers on Amazon (and who are we to argue), just remember to invest in a couple of extra razor heads so you aren’t tempted to reuse the same one over and over.
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Another option is to invest in an electrical shaver. Magnitone’s Go Bare Shaver won’t give you as close of a shave as a manual wet razor, but it’s almost as good (take it from someone who knows). And, because it doesn’t cut the hair quite as close to the skin it pretty much guarantees you won’t get any ingrowers or itchy regrowth.
So if you aren’t fussy about feeling 110% smooth, it might be worth trading off to an electrical option for day-to-day, and keeping your wet razor for special occasions only.
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4. Remember shaving cream
If you’re using a manual razor it’s oh-so important to find a good shaving cream. It will give an extra slip to the skin ensuring blades don’t drag, and meaning you can avoid irritating any sensitive spots. Opt for an alcohol-free, sensitive formula, to prevent drying out your skin.
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5. Go in the right direction
Shaving in the opposite direction to the hair growth means each hair will be cut at a sharper angle, and is therefore more likely to grow back under the skin. Remember to shave in the same direction as hair growth to prevent this from happening.
6. Post-shave treatment
There are a whole host of ‘post-shave’ products out there, some good, some not-so good. Skin Doctors Ingrow Go actually does what it says on the bottle. The formula contains Acetylsalisylic Acid, an anti-inflammatory; and Glycolic Acid, to help dissolve any build up of dead skin cells from the surface of the dermis and prevent pores clogging and ingrown hairs.
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7. Aaand if you do find yourself with an ingrown hair…
You did everything right, but there it is, an angry red spot staring up at you. Firstly, avoid the temptation to squeeze it, as you could end up pushing the hair deeper into the skin, or you could spread bacteria into the pores triggering an infection.
Often minor ingrown hairs can be left alone and they’ll usually go away without you having to do anything. However, if the hair is close to the skin and you can see it, the NHS recommend “using a sterile needle or tweezers to gently tease it out. However, don’t dig for the hair if it lies deep below the skin’s surface.” If in doubt though, leave it alone and contact your GP. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs, According to Dermatologists
If you’ve ever shaved any part of your body, you probably know the inevitable pain of ingrown hairs. Treating them is nice, but learning how to prevent ingrown hairs in the first place is even better.
Ingrown hairs can be frustrating wherever they show up, which can include basically any part of your body that has hair, like your legs, armpits, arms, and face. But they’re especially annoying when they pop up in more sensitive areas, like in your pubic area.
To learn the best ways to handle—and, preferably, avoid—ingrown hairs, we consulted dermatologists for the lowdown on why they form, what you’re supposed to do about them, and how to prevent ingrown hairs from appearing altogether.
What causes ingrown hairs?
So, get this: You have about 5 million hair follicles sprinkled across your body, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Each follicle contains a hair that grows through your skin.
Even if you remove the hair, it will continue to grow from these follicles (unless you get laser hair removal, which damages the follicles so they can’t produce hair). An ingrown hair happens when a hair that should be growing out of its follicle and away from your skin reenters your skin instead, according to the Mayo Clinic. At that point, the hair might look like a hoop with both ends embedded into your skin.
That’s a problem because it causes inflammation that can lead to solid or pus-filled bumps, pain, itching, a bacterial infection, hyperpigmentation, and possibly permanent scarring.
Although there’s potential for an ingrown hair basically anywhere you remove it, the hair on and around your vulva is particularly susceptible to becoming ingrown because it tends to be coarse and curly, Gary Goldenberg, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, tells SELF. That makes it more likely that the hair will curl into your skin when it’s growing back after you’ve removed it.
Also, if you shave, every time you drag that razor over your hair you’re creating sharp edges on each strand that can make them more likely to revert into your skin, the Mayo Clinic says.
The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is, unfortunately, to just not remove your hair. Some people might be totally fine with that, but others still prefer to do some sort of hair removal. In that case, there are still some things you can do to reduce the chances of getting an ingrown hair.
1. Always use some kind of lubrication before you shave.
Shaving dry hair can create especially sharp edges that are more prone to growing back into your skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends always letting a shaving cream or gel soak into your skin for a few minutes to soften the hair. You can also try using a warm compress before you shave.
2. Only use a sharp razor.
With a dull razor, you’ll likely have to go over the skin multiple times, raising your risk of cutting yourself, irritating your skin, and, possibly, getting an ingrown hair or infection. Your razor will typically feel less effective after a few uses, in which case it’s time to toss it or swap out the blades.
3. Shave in the direction that your hair is growing.
Going against your hair’s grain may allow for a closer shave, but the closer the shave, the easier it is for your hair to curl back into your skin, Dr. Goldenberg says. So shaving with the grain is one easy way to help prevent ingrown hairs.
4. Rinse your blade after every stroke.
Doing this will help add lubrication when you shave. And it also gets rid of any shavings clogging the blades that might make it harder to efficiently remove hair with the first pass, thus making it less likely for an ingrown hair to pop up.
5. Don’t tweeze.
It can be tempting to reach for the tweezers when you spot a stray pubic hair on your bikini line, but take a pass. If you tweeze the hair, it might leave a fragment of hair under the skin surface, which could result in an ingrown hair and cause inflammation.
6. Resist the temptation to pull at your skin for a closer shave.
Stretching your skin tight during shaving allows the tips of the remaining hair to shrink back into your skin and grow there, the Mayo Clinic explains. From there, they can easily become ingrown hairs. Do your best to let your skin sit naturally while shaving.
7. Consider using an electric razor or clippers.
Since the entire point of standard manual razors is to get a really close shave, they’re not the ideal tool for people who may be prone to getting ingrown hairs, Samantha B. Conrad, M.D., clinical practice director at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Group, department of dermatology, tells SELF. Instead, it might make more sense to use an electric razor or clippers on a setting that gives you a good shave but not the absolute closest one possible.
8. Gently exfoliate before you shave.
Products that contain a chemical exfoliant like lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid can help dissolve dead skin cells that trap ingrowns, Dr. Conrad says. Getting rid of them—gently!—with the help of a chemical exfoliant-containing cream or lotion or just by using a washcloth in the area before removing the hair can help prevent ingrowns from forming.
How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hair
What are ingrown hairs, other than painful, unsightly nuisances? In essence, an ingrown hair is a hair that started growing outward (like hair normally would), but then curled under itself and began to grow inward, underneath the top layer of your skin. This inward growth creates a little bump that might look like a pimple in an area that usually doesn’t break out, like your bikini line or calf.
Individuals with curly hair are especially prone to ingrown hairs since the nature of curly hair lends itself to growing in directions that aren’t linear. But anyone can develop them, thanks to common practices like sweating, natural oil secretion, and hair removal. They can occur anywhere, but especially in hair-removal hot spots like around your eyebrows, underarms, or bikini line. Regardless of how and why you got them, here’s your guide to getting rid of ingrown hairs for good.
Check to make sure your skin bump is actually an ingrown hair. First, look at it. If you can see the hair under the skin, that’s an obvious sign, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai hospital’s Department of Dermatology. Second, where is it? Dr. Geeta Yadav explains, “The location will help indicate what type of bump you’re dealing with. If it’s in an area that you frequently shave, wax, or otherwise depilate, it’s more likely to be an ingrown hair than a traditional pimple. ” Also, does the bump feel tender or inflamed? Does it have a yellow pustule? If it feels painful and it doesn’t seem to go away after a month, it’s probably an ingrown hair, cautions Dr. Tracy Evans, medical director of Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology. “Those with darker skin tones should also keep a lookout for hyperpigmentation caused by that inflammation,” says Dr. Yadav. Our suggestion: Check with a doctor before proceeding.
If you know it is an ingrown hair, the cure is exfoliation. There are a few ways you can exfoliate, but exfoliation via acids (like glycolic, salicylic, and lactic) is the easiest and fastest route. Acids in topical products loosen the outermost layer of skin cells and work to both prevent and treat ingrown hairs at the same time. “I particularly recommend glycolic and lactic acids, which are effective but can be quite gentle (especially ideal around the pubic area), and, of course, salicylic acid,” says Dr. Yadav.
If you’re already an ardent skin-care user and use them for your face, you can use what you already have on your body, too. Avoid using a retinol, though. Although retinol helps with skin turnover, it is slow to work and irritating, says Dr. Zeichner. What formula to use depends on what body area you want to address: presoaked swipe pads with some physical exfoliation work great for the bikini area, a spreadable lotion formula is great for larger surface areas like legs and arms, and something with a thinner consistency may work better for the more sensitive skin on the face. No matter where you apply the acid, it’s important to follow up with sunscreen, as acids make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage.
Dry-brushing — where you vigorously brush your body with stiff bristles — does a lot more than make self-tanner last longer and stimulate the lymphatic systems of supermodels. This form of physical exfoliation prevents ingrown hairs from forming, since you’re constantly moving hair out of the way and releasing tucked-under ingrown hairs.
Because dry-brushing is a harsher way to exfoliate, limit yourself to weekly body treatments. If you want a toned-down experience, a dampened exfoliating mitt can give your body a thorough, albeit less-intense sweeping. If your skin is very sensitive or prone to redness, however, you might want to skip all of this entirely.
Scrubs are less intense than dry-brushing, and a good alternative to help alleviate ingrowns around your bikini line and body (they are still too harsh for your face). Use a sugar or salt scrub that’s not too oily — too much oil runs the risk of clogging pores, encouraging more ingrown hairs to develop. If you want to cover more bases, look for a finer textured scrub that has those aforementioned exfoliating acids in its formula. Scrub one to two times a week if you want to get rid of ingrown hairs for good.
Shaving isn’t bad per se — after all, it is another form of physical exfoliation — but the way hair grows back after a shave can lead to problems. A razor cuts hair at a sharp angle, and as the shaved hair regrows, it’s more likely to grow as an ingrown hair because of its sharp, precise tip. If you like to shave, do it in the direction of the hair. It might reduce the risk of developing ingrown hairs down the road, advises Dr. Yadav.
Waxing is one way to weaken new hair growth and thus prevent ingrowns. If waxing sounds too painful, try depilatory creams, or an electric device for hair removal without the scent, waiting time, deep-breathing, and cleanup.
All of this exfoliation means nothing if you plan to top your skin with thick, heavy moisturizers. Heavy creams can sabotage all your exfoliation efforts, and thick oils can also clog pores and exacerbate any ingrown hair problem. Stick to lightweight, breathable formulas that keep your skin moisturized, but not suffocated.
There are a lot of DIY tips on how to pluck an ingrown hair, and as harmless as this advice may seem, it’s much better to visit your dermatologist instead. Ingrown hair plucking is not normal plucking — you will have to create a small incision on your skin to grab the trapped hair. “Just like you might with a deep or painful pimple, use a warm compress to help soften the skin and bring the infection closer to the surface,” says Dr. Yadav. “Then cleanse the area and use a sterile pointed tweezer to carefully expose the hair and remove it. Afterward, cleanse again, apply an antibacterial ointment, and leave the bump alone as it heals. One thing to be mindful of is that traumatic treatments, particularly on brown or Black skin, can leave behind post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring.”
Will you get an infection? Well, that depends on a lot of factors, including the cleanliness of your tweezer and whether you disinfect and closely monitor the area you plucked. Overall, it’s not worth it. Go to the doctor and save yourself the headache.
This article was originally published June 18, 2018, and has been updated throughout. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.
How To Treat And Prevent Ingrown Hairs
If you’ve noticed red bumps on your body after your hair removal routine, you could be dealing with ingrown hairs, a common—and irritating—issue. But fear not, these pesky bumps are easily treatable.
We tapped two dermatologists for the low-down on how to treat and prevent ingrown hairs at home—and when it’s time to consult a doctor.
What are ingrown hairs?
Ingrown hairs are an unfortunate by-product of most types of hair removal, such as shaving, waving and tweezing, and happen when a growing hair follicle meets a blocked pore and curls in on itself or grows sideways. They leave behind uncomfortable, itchy red bumps that can sometimes become infected or scarred.
What causes ingrown hairs?
This issue most often develops on commonly waxed and shaved areas of the body, such as the faces, necks, legs, armpits and bikini line of those who shave.
Hair texture can also be a factor. Those with curly or coarse hair tend to experience ingrown hairs more often, as curved hair naturally grows toward the skin rather than away, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA).
How do you treat ingrown hairs at home?
“The first thing is to avoid irritation,” says Dr. Marlene Dytoc, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Alberta Division of Dermatology. “Wash the skin with a mild, gentle cleanser.” After cleansing, it’s recommended to use a shaving cream or gel before using your razor, which “gives some lubrication so that you can soften the hair when you’re shaving,” she says.
How can you prevent ingrown hairs?
A little prevention goes a long way when it comes to ingrown hairs. Dytoc recommends using new, clean tools and shaving in the direction that the hair grows in rather than against the grain, avoiding pressing hard into the skin, as well as rinsing the blade after each stroke.
However, those experiencing persistent ingrown hair issues may want to partake in a thorough weekly care routine.
“To start, we always recommend exfoliating two to three times a week,” says Rachel Kerr, the director of brand and marketing for Bushbalm, an Ottawa-based company and product line focused on solving “common skin challenges that aren’t often talked about.” She says that doing so will help soften body hair and smooth skin before hair removal.
Dr. Susan Poelman, a certified dermatologist, co-director of Beacon Dermatology in Calgary and board member of the CDA, encourages exfoliation using gentle acid exfoliating products such as the Skinfix Renewing Body Cream or the CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion, which contains salicylic acid.
“Those types of exfoliating acids can prevent the buildup of dead skin cells that can perpetuate ingrown hairs,” says Poelman.
When should you consult your doctor?
While ingrown hairs only rarely require a visit to the doctor or prescribed antibiotic creams, it’s important to consult a medical professional if you notice signs of infection, including pus build-up, red bumps increasing in size or pain that lasts for more than a few days.
It’s possible for an untreated ingrown hair to develop into a cyst known as a pilar if the first layer of skin breaks. When this happens, it can fill with keratin (a protein found in nails, hair and skin) and create an inflamed bag around the affected area. Cysts need to be extracted by a dermatologist; don’t attempt to squeeze it yourself, as it will simply refill and can also complicate the extraction process.
“If you squeeze the cyst, it becomes partially absorbed, so it’s harder to remove it,” says Dytoc. “There will be some foreign body inflammation and scarring. So, when a cyst has been squeezed or manipulated, then even with excision … it tends to recur.”
Poelman also warns about a condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), in which a patient can experience painful boils under the arms and breasts and in the buttocks and groin area. It is often misdiagnosed as ingrown hairs, as they initially can appear as red bumps or cysts in common areas in which ingrown hairs occur, but is actually a condition that causes significant pain, frequent flare-ups and scarring.
“[Hidradenitis suppurativa] is a condition that people often struggle with in silence. They’re isolated and even a lot of doctors are not aware of this condition or don’t know that treatment options exist for it,” says Poelman.
Is there a cosmetic treatment for ingrown hairs?
For some, turning to laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment that can help prevent ingrown hairs and related complications in the long run.
“The advantage of laser hair removal is that over time, you need to do it less and less, so there’s less reason to shave in between,” says Dytoc, who also recommends a hair growth inhibitor cream known as Eflornithine, a prescription treatment that can be applied after any hair removal process, including laser hair removal, to decrease the enzyme in the human body needed for hair growth.
Are ingrown hairs discussed enough? What’s the hesitancy?
In the age of body positivity and normalization of topics around skin health including acne, psoriasis and more, ingrown hairs and hair growth on commonly shaved parts of the body are becoming part of a more public conversation. Due to the clean-shaven beauty standard that has persisted for years, it is not surprising that an individual may be hesitant to speak about ingrown hairs, or feel the need to cover them up.
“[Ingrown hairs] is something that happens all the time. If you’re removing hair, there’s really no way around it, you’re likely going to get some redness, irritation,” says Kerr. “And obviously, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But we think it’s also really normal to want to treat something like this.”
Public figures have also echoed this idea, including Nadya Okamoto, founder of the global non-profit Period Movement, which aims to eradicate the stigma behind periods.
“Normalize pubic hair (stubble) and ingrown hairs,” writes Okamoto in an Instagram post from November 2020. “Part of me wanted to airbrush the stubble I have in my armpits, too, but then I caught myself and thought how tf have we started to hold ourselves to a hairless standard?”
Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and Infections
What Is an Ingrown Hair?
An ingrown hair is one that’s grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it.
Sometimes, dead skin can clog a hair follicle. That forces the hair to grow sideways under your skin, rather than up and out. Or if you cut naturally curly hair too short, the sharpened end of the hair can pierce your skin, causing an ingrown hair.
Ingrown Hair Symptoms
An ingrown hair irritates your skin. You might notice:
- A raised red bump (or group of bumps) that’s like a little pimple
- A boil-like sore
You may have pus inside the bumps. Or you may see the hair under the skin that’s causing the problem.
Common Areas for Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs often pop up in areas where you shave, including your:
- Face and neck
- Pubic area
Ingrown Hair Causes
Anyone can get an ingrown hair. But the problem is more common in people who have very curly or coarse hair. Curly hair is more likely to bend back and re-enter your skin, especially after it’s been shaved or cut.
People with high levels of certain sex hormones can have more hair than usual. This can make them more likely to get ingrown hairs, especially after shaving.
Many people who have thick or curly hair get a type of ingrown hair called pseudofolliculitis. More commonly known as “razor bumps,” this group of little bumps is common on the beard area after you’ve shaved, waxed, or tweezed to remove hair. The hair that grows back has a sharper edge, so it can more easily poke back through your skin and get trapped under the surface.
Ingrown Hair Complications
Often, an ingrown hair will go away on its own. But if it doesn’t, you could have:
- An infection
- Darkened skin
Some doctors believe that ingrown hairs also cause pilonidal cysts. These pockets of hair and skin debris usually happen at the base of your tailbone, between your buttocks. They can be swollen and painful. You might need surgery to treat them.
Ingrown Hair Treatment
If an ingrown hair is bothering you or gets infected, your doctor can make a small cut with a sterile needle or scalpel to release it. They may also prescribe medicine such as:
- A steroid that you put on your skin to ease the swelling and irritation
- Retinoids (Retin-A) to remove dead skin cells and reduce skin pigment changes
- Antibiotics that you take by mouth or rub onto your skin to treat an infection
Ingrown Hair Prevention
To prevent ingrown hairs, try these tips when you shave:
- Rub your face in a circular motion every day using a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to tease out ingrown hairs.
- Shave with a sharp single-blade razor.
- Wet your skin with warm water before shaving, and use a lubricating gel.
- Shave in the same direction your hair is growing.
- Use as few strokes of the razor as possible. That lessens the chance of a hair slipping back into your skin.
- Rinse the blade with water after every stroke.
- Don’t shave too closely to your skin. Leave a little bit of stubble if you can.
- If you’re using an electric razor, hold it slightly above the surface of your skin.
- Apply a cool washcloth to your skin after you shave to soothe your skin.
You can also try other hair removal methods that are less likely to lead to ingrown hairs. Those include creams that dissolve hair and a laser or electric current (electrolysis) to remove the hair follicle for good.
How To Avoid Ingrown Hairs Once And For All
Perhaps the best way to stop picking at your skin is to change how you think about it. That little red bump is not the enemy—chances are, you’re the only one who can see it anyway. No, that spot is not the enemy at all. You are. Because you know what that little red bump is going to look like after you so much as touch it? An inflamed, red welt.
But if that mentality is not going to work, there’s another solution: preventing the bumps in the first place. And when those bumps happen to be ingrown hairs, there are a few things to know:
Shaving Is The Enemy
The Rolls-Royce of hair elimination is obviously laser. But that’s not everyone’s bag (cost, fear of lasers…). So if you’re not going to laser— or even wax—shaving cream is your friend. Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream is nice to have in rotation, but really any alcohol-free, moisturizing one will work. And though it seems entirely counterintuitive, you should be shaving in the direction of your hair’s natural growth, not against it (this applies to legs, bikini area, arms, or anywhere else you stick that razor). Pushing hair in other directions makes it that much easier for the strands to get stuck under the skin as they’re growing back.
Sporadic Exfoliation Won’t Cut It
If you want to avoid ingrown hairs, you should be exfoliating once or twice a week—and yes, that includes your bikini area (just be gentle). For a conventional scrub situation, African Botanics Marula Detoxifying Salt and Sugar Body Scrub is a nice compromise between the salt and sugar exfoliation camps. Throw a Clarisonic in there every once in a while, because why not?
But really, the most comprehensive method is dry brushing. Nothing else can completely banish chicken skin (aka keratosis pilaris) bumps on arms and legs while keeping the ingrown hairs at bay as well.
And Now, For The Products
Surprisingly enough, these are not all just a marketing ploy. The best are Bliss’ Ingrown Eliminating Pads (aka fancy Stridex pads). They are soaked with both glycolic and salicylic acids, which help to reduce dead skin buildup and inflammation, keeping ingrown hairs from forming in the first place. They can be used every day or weekly depending on how sensitive your skin is. Then there’s the slightly gentler Whish Flawless Post-Wax and Shave Serum and the Swipes. These include willow bark extract, which is a natural form of salicylic acid, and papaya extract, which weakens the hair follicle and slows regrowth. Note: Both Bliss and Whish are great to use a few days post-shave or wax, but both will sting like hell if you use them on newly hair-free skin. Also, be sure to moisturize afterward. The acids can be kind of drying.
If you’re a chronic sufferer, be prepared to be amazed by results. However, if any of the above does fail you (hey, it happens), just remember—don’t pick!
Photo courtesy of Victoria Lewis. How often do you get a bikini wax?
How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs
No matter how many years you’ve been shaving, razor bumps can happen to the best of us. To get to the bottom of why the bumps form and how to get rid of them sooner rather than later, we spoke with Sai Demirovic, esthetician and co-founder of GLO Spa NY, Lily Talakoub, a dermatologist at McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center, and New York-based dermatologist Elyse Love, M.D.
Why do razor bumps happen?
“The term ‘razor bump’ is used to describe two conditions,” explains Love. “One is skin irritation that can occur with shaving, particularly when shaving with dull razors and/or without shaving cream. This skin irritation causes a rough and irritated feel to the skin. Razor bumps can also describe ingrown hairs that may or may not be visible. Ingrown hairs occur when hair grows into the skin and causes inflammation. This results in red or skin-colored bumps surrounding a hair follicle.”
According to Talakoub, razor bumps occur more often in parts of the body that fold, such as the underarms, because of the skin-on-skin contact and the increased moisture that happens in that area. Demirovic adds that most of us get razor bumps where hair grows the thickest, like the face, neck, bikini area, and underarms because thick hairs cause more irritation and oil production than finer hair. This can lead to inflammation and possibly even infection.
Demirovic also says hair texture plays a role, and bumps happen more frequently with those who have naturally coarse hair and darker skin tones. “Hair that naturally grows into a curl has a larger risk of getting trapped into the skin than a straight hair can,” she says. These bumps can last up to two weeks, which can make it a never-ending battle when you shave frequently.
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How do you get rid of razor bumps?
“Anti-inflammatory ingredients are helpful. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone may be good enough, but if it’s persistent despite a few days of treatment, it’s best to see a dermatologist for a prescription product,” says Love. “Topical cortisone use should be limited in this area, so it’s best to take the time to prevent skin irritation by using sharp blades and shaving cream routinely. For ingrown hairs, alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids can be helpful for prevention.”
Love recommends Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment Peel, Nécessaire’s Body Exfoliator, and eos Shea Better Shave Cream, “which contains moisturizing and anti-inflammatory shea butter and shea oil to support the skin during shaving.” Demirovic likes using iS Clinical Active Serum or the PFB Vanish Razor Bump Stopper Roll On Shaving Gel, which she says has lactic, salicylic, and glycolic acids to exfoliate the skin above the trapped hair and kill bacteria trapped in the follicle. She then reaches for aloe vera to soothe the area and calm the lingering inflammation.
How can you prevent razor bumps?
You’ll also want to avoid leaving your razor in the shower as the dampness can cause it to gather bacteria and mold.
When’s the last time you changed your razor blade? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long. Other than using a sharp and clean razor, there are a few other tricks to make sure you get a close shave without any irritation. Talakoub says to shave with—not against—the grain and to shave in a steamy shower to soften the hairs. You’ll also want to avoid leaving your razor in the shower as the dampness can cause it to gather bacteria and mold. Instead, stash it in your medicine cabinet or toothbrush holder.
As for products, Demirovic suggests mixing vitamin E oil with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion to nourish the skin and recommends something like Fur Oil for your bikini area. Talakoub also likes Tend Skin Lotion for reducing ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
If all of the above fails, you may want to look into laser hair removal. “It kills the hair all the way down to its root,” says Demirovic. “Essentially, if there isn’t hair growing, there isn’t anything in the way to cause an ingrown hair. Laser can also help reduce the hyperpigmentation and scarring caused by ingrowns.”
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90,000 Secret Shaving Tips for Women
So ladies! Do you want to improve your leg shaving skills? Do you want to effectively remove hair in the bikini area? Here’s a compilation of our top shaving tips for women.
In the direction of hair growth.
When shaving your legs, arms or bikini area, shave in the direction of hair growth to shorten it and then against it for a more thorough removal. This ensures an effective shave and helps prevent ingrown hairs.
The women’s shaver is key.
Sure, you can use a men’s razor, but is it right for you? We believe that the best razor for women is the one made for them. All Venus® shavers are designed with the needs and curves of the female body in mind. With comfortable handles, rounded cassettes and moisturizing strips, our razors guarantee smooth skin.
Shaving gel is of great importance.
Shaving without shaving gel for women can cause irritation, skipped hairs and a dirty razor.Shaving Gel is designed to moisturize your skin and improve the glide of your razor for a better shave and smoother skin. Say no to dry shaving and find the shaving gel that suits your lifestyle and you.
Stretch the leather.
Sometimes skin can wrinkle and get caught between the razor blades, causing irritation at best and cuts at worst. In places where the skin is not very firm, tighten it when shaving. This will help prevent irritation and achieve a smoother shave.
Armpit hair grows faster.
Did you know that underarm hair grows about 50 percent faster than other parts of your body? Plus, they can grow in all directions. When shaving your underarms, you can shave up, down, and side to side for more thorough hair removal.
Hot water can be harmful.
We all love to take a warm shower or bath, but hot water can be problematic.Your beautiful, soft skin can become irritated or dry if overheated, so reduce the temperature and bath time to avoid damaging your skin.
Short movements are the key to success.
Shave slowly. Run the razor over your skin in short strokes depending on the part of your body, and avoid putting excessive pressure on the razor. Be sure to rinse your razor regularly to keep shaving gel, cut hairs, and dead skin cells from remaining on the blades.
The more blades, the better.
Some women think that two blades are enough for a shave, but this is not the case. The more blades, the less chance of missing hairs and also getting cuts. With Venus, more blades means less distance between them. This means more hairs cut and less chance of pinching your skin. We recommend choosing a women’s razor with three or more blades for a comfortable, close and secure shave, and replacing the blades every five to ten treatments to ensure an effective shave.
It’s in the bag! These were shaving tips for women who want smoother legs without cuts or irritation. You can learn more about shaving by watching the video below:
causes and how to get rid of
Symptoms of ingrown hairs on the legs
Ingrown hairs on the legs are usually not confused with anything. The skin of the legs is not greasy, and if something resembling a brewing pimple appears on the lower leg or thigh, it is highly likely either an infection brought in by careless depilation or injury, or an ingrown hair that looks like a bump with a distinct black dot or dash under the skin.
Among other symptoms:
90,050 90,051 itching;
redness and swelling around the pimple;
unpleasant painful sensations upon pressing;
for inflammation, a pimple with white purulent contents around an ingrown hair.
It all starts with the fact that the hair, which is programmed to grow up, does not find a way out to the surface of the skin.As a result, it grows horizontally under it, creating all these unpleasant sensations.
“Even a good quality razor will hurt your skin a little. And in injured skin, the hairs change direction during growth and begin to grow in, not finding an exit to the surface. However, not all of them develop inflammation. ”
Hair ingrowth scheme.© Getty Images
After epilation or depilation, red dots are often noticeable on the skin in the places of the hair follicles. This is folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicle after injury, which can be considered a natural reaction of the skin to hair removal (with or without a root). As a rule, if you observe hygiene, these points disappear after 1-2 days, the inflammation disappears.
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Why does hair grow in
Hair begins to grow in only after epilation or depilation – interference with the natural course of events.But, fortunately, this does not happen for everyone. Why does this happen?
Injury to the hair follicle. For example, during electro- or waxing, the bulb was displaced in the mouth, but was not removed. Due to the displacement, a violation of the direction of hair growth occurs, it stretches under the skin without breaking through the stratum corneum.
Incorrect sugaring or waxing technique. According to the rules, the product is applied in the direction of hair growth, and removed (along with the hairs) – against their growth.It is physiological and less traumatic. If you do the opposite, there is a risk of hair ingrowth.
Apply a wax strip along the hair growth and remove in the opposite direction with a sharp motion. © Skin.ru
After traumatic shaving (depilation), the integrity of the skin is also violated. Due to damage to the surface layers of the skin and tissue displacement, the direction of hair growth can change.It is not recommended to tighten the skin when shaving (as opposed to sugaring or waxing), because the top of the cut hair can remain below the level of the epidermis and, therefore, it can begin to grow under the skin.
The stratum corneum is too dense. It simply prevents the hairs from breaking through and growing perpendicularly. This can be due to both physiological characteristics and insufficient exfoliation – scrubs are needed to care for the skin of the body.
Too coarse and thick hairs.In people of IV-VI phototypes, as a rule, hairs are removed with difficulty, so there is a high risk that even if the hair is removed, the root remains, and therefore, an ingrown hair may appear. Take our test and find out your phototype.
Take a close look at your forearm. What shade is your skin?
What color is your hair? Purple ends don’t count.
Do you have freckles?
Have you ever been sunburned so that your skin flakes and peels off?
What color are your eyes?
Tight clothing is often cited as one of the causes of ingrown hairs after epilation and depilation.Clothes, in principle, should be comfortable – not rubbing, not bumping into the body and not restrict movement, and after the hair removal procedure this is an indispensable condition.
We advise you to read:
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How to get rid of ingrown hair at home
Of course, an ingrown hair can be removed at home. The internet is full of detailed step-by-step instructions with the ridiculous heading “how to treat an ingrown hair.” This procedure is much like removing a splinter with a needle.But all such methods of independent “surgical” intervention create a rather high risk of infecting with all the ensuing troubles in the form of inflammation, suppuration, etc. Have pity on your feet and entrust the “operation” to a specialist who has a sterile tool in store for such cases, not a sewing needle.
Less radical traditional methods such as constant scrubbing and a hard washcloth will help get rid of an ingrown hair only if it is very close to the surface, but easily cause irritation and redness.If you overdo it, you can literally erase the skin to the holes. For the prevention of ingrown hairs, and indeed for clean and smooth skin, a body scrub is very necessary, but you need to use it 1-2 times a week.
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What should not be done with ingrown hairs?
Ignore the problem. It is necessary to get rid of ingrown hairs, otherwise sooner or later it will lead to inflammation.
Pull open the skin.It is better to go to a beautician at a salon where epilation is practiced.
Scrub and rub the skin vigorously, if it comes to an abscess – first you need to cure the inflammation.
Try to get rid of ingrown hairs without washing your hands using a non-sterile needle or tweezers.
Forgetting to moisturize your skin after scrubbing and removing ingrown hairs.
Skin moisturizing is an obligatory step in the general scheme of epilation or depilation.© Skin.ru
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To avoid the appearance of ingrown hairs after shaving legs or any other types of depilation and epilation, as well as to help in the procedure of getting rid of them, a whole arsenal of remedies helps.
When caring for ingrown hairs, choose products for sensitive skin. Products for children are also a good option.
Precious beauty scrub, Garnier is enriched with nourishing argan, macadamia, rose and almond oils to soften the skin.Argan seed shell particles act as an exfoliant.
Gentle body scrub with soy milk and honey scent, Kiehl’s has a pleasant scent and contains mildly exfoliating particles. Leaves skin soft and smooth.
Recall the rules for scrubbing feet:
Moisturizing after shave skin care
Soothing Melting Body Milk with Bifido Complex and Oat Milk for dry and sensitive skin, Garnier includes a moisturizing Bifido Complex for sensitive skin – a good option for softening skin.
Moisturizing lotion for dry and very dry skin of the face and body, CeraVe has a very soft and delicate texture, contains ceramides, which are an integral part of the skin’s hydrolipidic mantle, and hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisturizing component.
Intensively regenerating body milk Nutrix Royal Body, Lancôme , due to the action of hazelnut peptides and shea butter, promotes skin regeneration, softens the epidermis.
Life Plankton Body Milk, Biotherm has a light texture, suitable for sensitive skin care. Intensively moisturizes. Plankton extract in the composition restores the skin.
All anti-ingrowth agents must contain soothing and emollient ingredients:
Chamomile, calendula and other herbs help soothe skin after epilation or shaving.© Getty Images
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Prevention of ingrown hair
In order to avoid this unpleasant complication in the fight against unwanted vegetation, it is necessary to adhere to reasonable and time-tested rules.
Steam the skin before epilation or depilation.
Cleanse the skin before epilation and depilation.
Perform mechanical peeling on a regular basis.
After scrubbing, always apply cream, body milk.
After depilation, use a soothing lotion or other soothing after shave (you can use the men’s arsenal).
Wear comfortable clothing.
After epilation / depilation, it is best to wear loose-fitting clothing, ideally silk.© Skin.ru
What advice can you give? Please write in the comments.
Back to the index 90,000 How to get rid of ingrown hairs at home: TOP-tips from PGBonus.ru
Ingrown hairs usually appear in areas that are frequently shaved or waxed. For women, this is the bikini area and armpits, for men – the neck, cheeks, chin.
Hair regrowth after shaving is not included in the list of dangerous skin diseases, but it can cause discomfort – redness, itching, inflammation.
What is an ingrown hair? Everything is simple here: these are those hairs that do not stretch up, as expected, but bend and grow into the skin or even grow under the skin.
Ingrown hair problem can appear not only after epilation or shaving. For example, a hair follicle (follicle) can become clogged with dead cells and then the hair begins to literally grow inward. The situation can be aggravated if the follicles are deep under the skin.
Why does hair grow into the skin
There are a number of reasons why hair grows into the skin.In general, no one is immune from such a problem, but most often it occurs in owners of curly and / or coarse hair. After improper shaving, such hairs often bend down and, after a while, grow into the upper layer of the epidermis. Oddly enough, those whose body hair, on the other hand, is too soft, may also face this problem. The reason is different: the hair grows in because it does not have enough stiffness to break through the epidermis layer.
Often people with increased levels of sex hormones suffer from ingrown hairs, which leads to excessive hair growth.Everything is simple here: the more often a person shaves or resorts to epilation, the higher the risk of ingrown hairs.
Dry shaving can sometimes be a problem. If you do not use special tools or a razor (incorrectly selected or dull) over-tightens the skin, the hair cut may turn out to be sharp. With further growth, it is easier for such a hair to enter the skin.
Hair removal with tweezers or unsuccessful waxing leads to the same result: if part of the hair remains under the skin, it can continue to grow in any direction.
Two more reasons are related to personal hygiene and clothing. If you rarely wash with a loofah or scrubs, dead skin cells are not removed properly, clog hair follicles and can trigger ingrown hairs. Overly tight clothing also causes the same problem – long-term tight adhesion of tissues to the skin also interferes with normal hair growth.
How to get rid of ingrown hair
What to do with ingrown hair? Let’s calm down right away: only deeply ingrown hairs are surgically removed in especially advanced cases.Most often, you can remove a wayward hair at home. Below we will give some tips to help you deal with this problem on your own.
How to get rid of ingrown hairs in the bikini area
“Become a bump” – this is what an ingrown hair usually looks like. And most often this problem occurs after hair removal.
Never squeeze anything out! Avoid physical pressure – the word “fight” is simply inappropriate here. Overly active actions can lead to inflammation of the follicle, which will not only hurt, but also fester.Subsequent treatment sometimes does not go unnoticed – at the very least, it can lead to the appearance of spots (pigmentation), and in some cases, a small scar may remain on the surface of the skin.
How to remove an ingrown hair? First, make sure that there is no suppuration – if an infection has intervened, it is better to entrust the procedure for removing an ingrown hair to specialists. If everything is in order, we begin the procedure.
- Remove dead skin cells with a scrub.
- Make a compress with a towel soaked in hot water.
- Grasp the tip of the hair, being careful not to touch the skin, and pull slowly until it comes out completely.
Advice: avoid sudden movements – the hair may break off at the root and the procedure will have to be repeated after a few days.
How to deal with ingrown hairs on legs
The skin on the legs is rougher than in the delicate bikini area. Therefore, in the usual scheme “scrub-compress-tweezers” the first stage can be carried out more intensively. But remember: in the presence of abscesses and wounds on the legs, it is impossible to use a scrub and generally rub the skin strongly – first you need to cure the inflammation.Our main advice is not to rush, to do everything neatly. We also recommend that you stick to a hot compress to steam your skin.
How to shave your legs to prevent hair from growing in? The advice on this matter is quite simple:
- Do not use low-quality razors and razors.
- Exfoliate the area you intend to shave.
- Steam the skin with compresses.
- Move only along the hair growth.
Learning how to properly shave your legs with an epilator is equally important.The preparatory stage here does not differ from the preliminary procedures when working with a razor. But the movements of the epilator are performed differently – against hair growth. And only so.
How to remove ingrown hairs in armpits
You can get rid of ingrown hairs in the armpits using any of the methods described above, just remember that the skin in these places is very sensitive.
- Exfoliate using a special washcloth or mitten with a scrub.
- Steam the skin with a warm compress.
- Remove ingrown hair with tweezers.
You can try to remove the tip of the ingrown hair with a needle. This requires skill: the armpit is not the most accessible place. The same principle applies here: if you are not confident in your own abilities, it is better to trust the specialists.
Can’t get an ingrown hair out on your own? Do not ignore this problem – consult a beautician.
Prevention of ingrown hair
It is easier to prevent ingrown hairs than to deal with the problem later.Treat your own body with care. After all, every shave is a test not only for you, but also for your skin.
Exfoliate regularly. Immediately before shaving or epilating, apply a compress with a towel moistened with warm water. Avoid dry shaving, do not stretch your skin and moisturize with milk or cream at the end of the procedure.
In addition to general advice, there are specific recommendations. The fact is, there are no universal razors for all occasions.The design of the machine provides for the areas in which it will be used. Therefore, separate razors have been developed for women and men. In the first case, it is Venus RoseGold (SkinElixir cassettes contain a special composition for sensitive skin), and in the second – Gillette SkinGuard, a machine suitable for daily use even on skin prone to irritation. Both are great tools to help keep ingrown hairs out.
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90,000 how to avoid ingrown hairs after epilation
Today I will share with you a couple of my secrets. After several years of constant shaving of my legs and then hair removal, I have found ways to prevent ingrown hairs on my legs.
In fact, hair removal methods such as shaving, epilation or depilation cause hair to grow under the skin in most women.
There are only two ways in which there is no ingrowth – laser hair removal and electrolysis.
But I will tell you about the options and methods available to help prevent this phenomenon.
7 Ways to Prevent Ingrown Hair
- Hair removal with tweezers.
- Physical peeling.
- Home peeling
- Chemical peeling
- Useful Tips to Know When to Shave
- Bonus. What you need to know about ingrown hairs, where they come from.
Tip 1.Remove ingrown hairs with tweezers
Just before shaving or epilating, you can grab a pair of sterile tweezers and pick up the ingrown hairs. The task is to raise the hairs above the surface of the skin.
Do you know why it is better to raise them, and not to remove them by the roots? This eliminates any risk of infection.
An extreme case, when the hair has grown deep under the skin and cannot be reached with tweezers. In this case, you can take a regular needle and hook it up. Fear not, it won’t hurt and there won’t be a trace on your skin.
The procedure is quite simple. Just take a needle and pierce the bump, it will happen intuitively, so there is no need to be afraid that it will not work. The main thing is to make sure that the needle is sterile, it was not enough to pick up any infection yet. If there is alcohol or hydrogen peroxide at home, the needle can be treated with these products.
A drop of blood may appear, this is normal. By the way, the hair under the skin grows for a long time, and you can pull out a rather long hair.
However, this method is unlikely to work for girls with sensitive skin.In my experience, sensitive skin heals in a few days, so scars can be left with tweezers.
Method 2. Exfoliation
Exfoliation allows you to get rid of dead skin cells. You should do this routinely before each session of hair removal, depilation or shaving, and then daily or once every two days.
Ingrown hairs are caused by a thick layer of dead skin. And this is logical. The hair cannot make its way to the surface and grow normally above the skin due to the dead cells, so it curls back and grows inward.
Method 3. Physical peeling
I would suggest starting with an exfoliating glove. This is a fairly cheap way to get rid of dead skin cells on your legs. Moreover, it acts softly, not harshly. An exfoliating glove is one of my favorite ways to remove dead skin.
This method can be used every day, as it does not damage the skin, but acts and cleanses gently and carefully.
Another form of physical exfoliation is the use of soap containing many oils, oatmeal, sugar or salt.The oils help keep the skin hydrated.
This soap can be used every day. Also, face or body scrubs are suitable for these purposes.
Method 4. Home peeling
One of the easiest home exfoliation recipes is to add coarse salt to your shower gel. This turns a regular shower gel into a scrub. It’s simple.
Method 5. Chemical peeling
During chemical peeling, use salicylic or alpha hydroxy acid.
This method is quite effective, but you need to be careful with it. Use it sparingly as it can irritate your skin. Well, when using, read carefully the instructions that are in the box with the drug.
Method 6. Tips for shaving ingrown hair
Ask any man how to shave, and everyone will answer correctly. Shave in the direction of hair growth. This avoids ingrown hairs and razor irritation.
Women can still shave their leg hair and against hair growth without any worries.Another thing is that the razor blade must be sharp, otherwise there is a chance of ingrown hairs.
Better to keep an eye on the blade and change the machine or cartridge more often. It also avoids micro-cuts on the skin.
Well, do not forget about the removal of dead skin cells. This is important not only for shaving, but also for hair removal or depilation.
How to prevent ingrown hairs
There is a belief among girls that the number of ingrown hairs directly depends on the type of epilator used.
Personally, I’m not sure there is a relationship between the epilator model and the number of ingrown hairs.
The main idea of the subtitle is as follows – you need to keep everything under control so that the hair is as small as possible. Simply put, do not run your legs, but shave them in a timely manner.
In order to effectively deal with ingrown hairs, you first need to understand how they appear. And it happens like this: if you do not remove dead skin cells, then they accumulate and form a hard layer through which the hair cannot break through, bend and begin to grow in the opposite direction.Therefore, this layer of cells must be constantly removed by exfoliation or peeling.
- Peeling remains the most effective treatment for ingrown hairs today. You can use a scrub that is easy to make at home and has a wonderful relaxing effect.
- There are two types: chemical peels and physical exfoliation. Unless you have a neglected case, it is best to use a physical method that does not harm your skin.
- When shaving, use only sharp blades.
- Choose the right epilator for yourself and stay in control at all times.
How to quickly remove irritation after shaving your legs – Dorco.ru
If you want to remove unnecessary hair from your body – and, above all, from your legs – the simplest thing is to pick up a razor.
Although this procedure needs to be repeated more often than other types of depilation, shaving has undeniable advantages: it is simple and pleasant.Especially if you know a few simple rules to avoid discomfort. Yes, and irritation on the skin, and pimples too. Let’s talk, first of all, about women’s legs, but: gentlemen, who needs it, do not hesitate, the advice is quite universal.
Why does the skin redden and irritate
Shaving the body, like the face, is often accompanied by microtrauma. Any razor, from a safety razor to an electric razor, runs its cutting edges along the surface of the skin. Unscheduled peeling, one might say.If the skin is not perfectly smooth – and it is not perfectly smooth in any person! – then the razor can cut off the top layer on small irregularities of the skin. We do not notice them, and the razor blade, passing over them, just causes
redness and irritation.
This is a theory, but in practice these microtraumas can either be reduced to almost zero, or, conversely, can be provoked. For example, if the blade of your razor is dull, then it will take a long time to “scrape” the skin until it is clean, which means that there will be more microtraumas. Further, you can shave incorrectly (how to correctly – read below), and a lot depends on your movements.
And also redness, irritation and other troubles can be an allergy to the gel or foam that you cover your feet with before this responsible procedure. So take a closer look at the composition of your shaving products, just try to apply them to your skin – suddenly the problem is in them!
How to properly shave your legs with a machine
Hair removal sounds like a minor surgery, right? But this is how it is: caution is needed, and sharp blades are present, and you can cut yourself (in theory).To part with unnecessary hair painlessly, you should prepare for the operation, then carry it out according to certain rules, and then complete it by treating the surface.
There is nothing worse than shaving dry coarse hair on dry skin.
Here you need to act wisely – before shaving, the skin and hair must be moisturized and soft. This means the shaving machine is best used after a bath or shower. More
Moreover: the day before, it would be good to properly cleanse the skin with a scrub – it will remove keratinized particles and solve the problem of ingrown hairs.
So, the legs are ready – we take up the tools. First of all, we need the machine itself – and the more modern the better. For example, the most advanced Dorco Shai 3 + 3 body razor is six blades in a double 3-blade cassette. The cartridge is movably attached to the ergonomic handle and is equipped with a rubber micro-comb that lifts hairs before shaving, and a moisturizing strip. This design is the result of a long, more than a hundred-year evolution of “female” razors, with its help everything can be done quite painlessly.In addition to the machine, you need a cream, gel or shaving foam – this tool, as we said above, must be chosen so that it does not in itself cause allergies, and the machine glides on it perfectly.
6-blade movable cassette razor follows every curve of your body
The process itself
The main rule is not to scrape on the skin, but to slide! Moreover, the softer the skin, the smoother, easier and slower you need to slide over it with a machine, otherwise microtraumas cannot be avoided.From this it follows that shaving “dry” is unacceptable in general: this is the shortest path
to discomfort and even skin diseases. Iron your legs like a favorite cat, and do not scrape like a country bench – and you will succeed.
First of all, remove the remaining foam or gel – just with hot water. Then we turn on the cold one and rinse it several more times: this is necessary so that all the scales and pores are closed. Then we apply a soothing after shave cream – choose it too
for compatibility with the skin, and of course for the scent.In general, that’s all – although it’s still worth saying what NOT to do. Set aside a scrub or a hard washcloth on the day of shaving and do not even remember: the skin is already “tired” after the operation.
And if, after all …
Let’s face it: it happens that all this did not help, and irritation nevertheless arose. Well, you never know – for example, the cream still did not fit. Then the appearance of acne and irritation is necessary
clean up: with them, of course, not life. So it’s time to smear. There are ready-made remedies for skin irritation, or you can make them yourself.The principle of operation is practically the same for all of them: bactericidal, that is, disinfecting the surface. And not
giving micronarms to form, which provoke irritation.
Healing ointments (cortisone, levomekol, panthenol)
Pharmacy products for treating wounds
and scuffs. We have just the case when it comes in handy:
and micro-wounds, and wear is evident. That is, on your feet. We use
according to the instructions.
Calendula decoction, for example, is an ancient remedy for skin healing after hair removal.For the treatment of armpits after shaving, chamomile and mint decoction is advised. Making them is simple: in a glass of water, half a tablespoon of herbs, bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, then leave for 1 hour.
See a doctor
It is worth contacting only if your temperature starts to rise. Which is highly unlikely.
And in conclusion, let’s say once again:
Few people when shaving their legs initially avoided red skin and
irritation. But learning to do everything right is completely real.In the end, everything will definitely work out: shaving will only cause pleasant sensations. Both during and after. Just because it is possible.
Why does hair grow in and how to prevent it
It’s completely incomprehensible why these individual hairs suddenly begin to grow into the skin? The place does not look the best: spots, bumps, inflammation, and even suppuration with subsequent pigmentation.
All this does not contribute to a good mood and spoils the overall picture. And then what to do with all this?
Let’s figure it out and try to find the answer. At the same time, let’s try to figure out how to deal with this.
Description and recommendations for getting rid of ingrown hair
The problem appears at the moment when the sharp tip of the rod rounds or grows to the side, ending up inside.
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The body responds to this incident with the development of an inflammatory reaction with the presence of a complete “baggage” of symptoms: swelling, pain, redness. The condition can be called benign.
Most often it looks like a small pink subcutaneous tubercle. Sometimes you can see a dark dot on the surface – a translucent top.
There can be one or several such elements, most often this phenomenon is typical for surfaces subjected to shaving or other methods of depilation.
The commonly discussed incident is quite medically harmless, but it can lead to decent cosmetic defects: scars, hyperpigmentation, infection and keloid scar formation.
Background and risk area
As we have already found out above, the situation is triggered by the presence of a sharp end of the rod. This is the result of aggressive or illiterate ways of dealing with unwanted cover.
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The first place in the ranking of reasons is rightfully taken by shaving on dry skin against the direction of growth with intensive stretching of the surface.
Wax depilation techniques make a significant contribution to the traumatization of the follicle, coupled with the frequent “breaking off” of the sprouts. The technique of detaching the wax strips against the direction is the culprit for this pattern.
Plucking hairs can end with their separation with the formation of an external “tip”.
Very tight clothing entails intense friction, which also prevents the tip from freeing itself and thus aggravates the situation.
Sometimes the described pathology can manifest itself with an active accumulation of dead cells of the epidermis at the mouth of the follicle, blocking the exit of the sprout, which will continue its way to the side and inward.
Almost everyone has encountered this nuisance, but the main “target audience” is people with coarse hair.
If an individual’s vegetation is not only tough, but also curly, he falls under the highest percentage of the risk of developing pathology.
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The condition manifests itself from puberty, and therefore adolescents also have a high frequency of developing such a clinic.
Most often, areas of a hard cover are predisposed: bikini in women, cheeks, chin and neck in men.However, there are even cases of ingrown eyelashes.
Appearance and sensations
The struggle between the growing hair and the resisting skin affects the nerve endings and is accompanied by itching. After a lost “fight”, the rod breaks through the follicle and finds itself within the epidermis.
The organism perceives this moment as the penetration of a foreign body and starts a war with it.
Outside, the zone appears as a tubercle, often reddened, may be surrounded by an inflamed rim.In the center, you can sometimes identify a subtle dark element – a curled tip.
Often on the surface of the element, the contents of a yellowish and greenish color are visible – suppuration. Such papules can break through at the time of shaving, accompanied by painful sensations. The surrounding space periodically looks erythematous due to the expansion of the capillaries.
A single incident in itself is extremely unpleasant, but there is a disease with the formation of multiple foci in the neck, lower part of the face – pseudofolliculitis.
It is not difficult to notice that this disease is typical for shaving zones.
This ailment manifests itself in dark red nodules with a visible rod located near the mouth of the follicle.
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Accession of infection leads to the development of abscesses. With improper care and treatment, the condition may well resolve with the appearance of negative consequences in the form of pigmentation, scars and keloid scars.
How to get rid of ingrown hair on your own?
In some cases, the answer to the above question is simple – do nothing! The fact is that, as a rule, this drawback is resolved by itself on its own.
But from time to time, the body cannot cope on its own. And here intervention is required.
If there is only one hair and without aggravating factors, then regular scrubbing removes the accumulated mass of dead cells and other “debris”, thereby freeing the passage.
A gentle massage with a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush and soap is another option to open the lumen of the onion.
If the situation is more serious, treatment should be comprehensive and aimed at the following links:
- Mechanical removal of a foreign body by making a small incision and gripping the released structure. Hopefully, there is no need to advise that such a manipulation must be carried out by medical personnel in a hygienic manner.
- Depilatory creams, due to their properties, can release ingrown hairs, but they should be used with extreme caution due to irritation and possible allergic reactions.
- Exfoliating products containing lactic acid and glycolic acid to loosen the epidermal cells and facilitate the emergence of the sprout, provide relief quite quickly. As in the previous paragraph, these drugs should be used with the utmost care, as burns and other complications are possible if the exposure is incorrect.
- Removal of inflammation. Here, agents such as topical corticosteroids are applicable, which instantly eliminate aggression from the body. However, one should bear in mind the fact that these medications are absorbed and can cause side reactions. With frequent application, local immunity decreases with the addition of infections.
- Antibiotics are given when suppuration occurs. This includes both oral medications and external formulations. This point, like the first one, should be carried out in close cooperation with doctors.
- In especially difficult moments, it makes sense to resort to derivatives of vitamin A – Retin-A, tretinoin, etc. The mechanism of action here is the weakening of cell cohesion, active exfoliation and thinning of the epidermis. Due to these actions, the curled up “fighter” is free. But there is no point in hitting a sparrow with a cannon. This method should be reserved for extremely complex conditions.
- The last and most effective remedy is the fight against the growth of the cover itself.
As you know, no hair – no problem. The method of electrolysis will allow you to permanently remove an ingrown hair and prevent the problem from recurring.
Recommendations for the prevention of the development of the disease
When the problem is resolved and you can breathe and relax – do not rush to succumb to laziness, here are some tips to avoid the problem in the future:
- Before shaving, ensure that your skin is adequately hydrated.Due to this, the rod will soften and acquire a dull shape.
- It is important to make movements in the direction of growth.
- Do not be zealous in the desire to shave everything as close to the epidermis as possible.
- It is advisable to lift the head of the electric shaver and remove vegetation in smooth circular motions.
- Before the depilation procedure, preliminary steaming will play the role of moisturizing, expanding the openings of the follicles and softening the cover, which will make the procedure not only less painful, but also prevent ingrowth.
- Scrubbing at the beginning of the session will additionally open the holes by removing accumulated cells.
- The technique itself should be carried out according to the natural vector to prevent breakage and injury.
- After removal, try to dress in loose clothing for a while.
- There is a wide range of creams on the market against this problem: “Emolia”, “Reference”, “Image” and others.
- And the most effective measure is the final disposal by electrolysis.
Considering the issue from a broad perspective, it becomes obvious that despite the seeming frivolity of the disorder, it can cause great inconvenience, stress, complications and cosmetic defects.
Fortunately, we have a huge range of treatments in stock, a decent list of recommendations for prevention, plus enough knowledge about the condition itself to achieve smooth and beautiful skin. Good luck!
Medically written and reviewed by: Julia Nicholson, dermatologist, physiotherapist
Published by: Olesya Smagina, assistant director of the Universe of Beauty hair removal centers
Laser hair removal of legs at an affordable price in Dolgoprudny
Laser hair removal of legs will make you forget about shaving! You can put on skirts and dresses without hesitation any day, because unwanted hair will no longer bother you.No more stubble, no more ingrown wax hair! You can do both laser hair removal of the legs and laser hair removal of the legs completely.
Compared to conventional lasers, which allow only single flashes to perform the procedure, our premium laser MeDioStar Next Pro (Germany) has a “on-the-move” function, when the flashes are fired at a huge frequency while the beautician is leading the handpiece over the skin. In this way, areas not laser-treated are avoided. It is the ideal method for laser hair removal for large areas.
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Indications and contraindications for the procedure
The indication for laser hair removal of the legs is the patient’s desire to get rid of unwanted hair on the legs and thighs.Laser hair removal is especially relevant for those who experience rapid hair growth after shaving. In such situations, the procedure eliminates the need for daily shaving of the legs. Also, laser hair removal will be the procedure of choice in cases when hair ingrowth occurs after wax depilation and inflammation appears.
Contraindications to laser hair removal of legs are cancer, severe somatic and autoimmune diseases, mental illness, epilepsy, acute infectious diseases, vitiligo, varicose veins of 2-3 degrees of severity.Hormonal disorders (increased concentration of male sex hormones) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are not formally contraindications, however, in such conditions, the effectiveness of the procedures will be much lower, and it will not be possible to get rid of unwanted hair permanently without treatment of these conditions.
The presence of ingrown hairs left after wax depilation is not a contraindication. The energy of the laser promotes faster healing of inflammation in such a situation.
Peculiarities of laser hair removal of legs
When laser hair removal of legs becomes especially important the possibility of carrying out the procedure in the “in motion” mode. When outbreaks occur with a very high frequency, while the beautician is holding the maniple over the skin. This allows the procedure to be carried out much faster than single flashes. And also with this regime, there are no unworked areas. In our clinic of cosmetology Code Beauty Medicine in Dolgoprudny, the laser has such a function, thanks to which our patients get the desired result without spending a lot of time.
How the procedure is carried out
Epilation with a diode laser is carried out on shaved skin. Therefore, before the procedure, you should shave off your hair, preferably on the day of the procedure. Previously, it was mistakenly assumed that a small bristle needed to grow back to conduct laser energy along the hair shaft to the bulb. It is now known that laser energy penetrates the hair follicles not along the hair shaft, but directly through the skin.
Our MedioStar laser has a powerful cooling system, so laser hair removal of the legs is completely painless.The price of the service does not depend on the number of outbreaks; each patient receives the number of outbreaks required to achieve the best result.
Effect of laser hair removal on legs
The course of procedures allows you to get rid of unwanted hair on the skin of the legs; to maintain the effect in the future, it is enough to carry out one maintenance procedure per year.
How many sessions do you need to go through
The number of sessions depends on the individual characteristics and the hormonal background of the patient.Sometimes 3-5 procedures are enough, with some peculiarities a course of 10-12 procedures is required. The procedure is performed once a month or less. If the epilation of the bikini area and armpits is carried out strictly once a month, then laser hair removal of the legs can be done less often – once every two to three months.
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Do’s and don’ts after laser depilation of legs
A month before the course of laser depilation of legs, you should stop waxing and use a home electric epilator that pulls out hairs and switch to shaving.Between procedures, when new hairs appear from dormant follicles, you also cannot remove them from the root or use a depilatory cream, but you can shave them off with a razor. Already after the first procedure, the hair becomes noticeably thinner and thinner, so skin irritation from shaving usually does not occur. Hair growth slows down, so you don’t have to shave off the hair often.
Recommendations after the procedure
Epilation with a diode laser is absolutely non-traumatic, therefore there are no recommendations for special care after the procedure.There is no rehabilitation period after the procedure, and it can be carried out at any time of the year, including in summer.
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