Five ways to avoid ingrown hairs
18 May 2015
It doesn’t matter how careful you are when you shave or wax – it’s likely you’ve experienced ingrown hairs at some point in your life. So are we destined to keep seeing these painful red bumps our whole lives or is there a way we can stop them in their tracks? Here are five ways to avoid ingrown hairs:
- Put down the tweezers
If you’re blessed with curly or coarse hair, you’re more susceptible to ingrown hairs. But before you reach for the tweezers or get tempted to pick them out with your fingers, do the following: sterilise your tweezers and use an alcohol swab to carefully tease the hair to the surface of your skin and remove it.
- Throw away your old razor
Ingrown hairs and bumps from shaving are often the result of an old, worn-down razor blade. As a rule, razors should be used a maximum of eight times before being thrown away and replaced. Using a thick shaving gel with a sharp razor can help to prevent any unwanted bumps.
- Shave in the direction of growth
Many people make the mistake of shaving against hair. Instead, use a thick shaving gel and shave in the direction of the hair growth.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
It’s really important to exfoliate regularly to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, preventing ingrown hairs. Wait around 48 hours after hair removal to exfoliate, and do it at the end of your shower to allow your skin to soften. Afterwards, apply moisturiser to the area to rehydrate your skin.
- Wear cotton clothing
If you frequently wear tight clothing made from synthetic fabrics, you’re more likely to see ingrown hairs. Instead, stick to cotton clothing – it allows your skin to breathe and won’t rub against it, preventing irritation.
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