An ingrown hair occurs when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells. This clogging can force hair to grow sideways and curl under the skin resulting in a sore, red or inflamed bump. Ingrown hairs can affect anyone and those who remove hair by shaving, tweezing or waxing. Common areas for ingrown hairs are the armpits, pubic area, chin and legs.
Although it is a challenge to prevent them completely you can minimize them and the irritation that goes along with it. Regular weekly exfoliation will help to prevent that build up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.
You can often avoid ingrown hairs by not removing the hair. If this is not an option you can use other hair removal methods that lessen the risk of ingrown hairs such as hair removal creams or laser hair removal.
If you choose to shave make sure you use a good shaving cream. It will give extra slip and ensure that the blades don’t drag and cause further irritation. Remembering to shave in the same direction as hair growth will prevent sharper angles. Lastly, do not use a dull razor. Dull blades can leave you with an uneven, bumpy shave which will only make things worse.
Post shaving you can use our Clear and Smooth Pads that are soaked with salicylic and glycolic acid. These acids are known for their ability to dissolve any build up of dead skin cells from the surface of the dermis which in turn can prevent clogged pores and ingrown hairs. Happy shaving!