How to treat ingrown hairs?
In most cases, ingrown hairs will clear up without treatment. To help your skin recover faster, avoid touching the affected area. If you want to know how to heal ingrown hair you can also take steps to speed up the healing process.
- Avoid shaving the area with ingrown hairs until they have time to heal.
- Soak the area in warm water or apply a warm towel for a few minutes.
- Try exfoliating to remove any loose dead skin, which can block the ingrown hair from breaking through the skin’s surface.
- Apply a non-greasy moisturizer to help heal dry skin and remove any dead cells.
- If you see the hair break through, try to gently pull it out with a pair of sterile tweezers.
- See a dermatologist to get a prescription for an antibiotic if an ingrown hair gets infected.
How can you prevent ingrown hairs while shaving?
To protect skin from ingrown hairs, each area of the body requires some different steps when shaving or cutting hair, but below are the best practices to follow regardless of where you shave.
1. Change your razor blades frequently
Using dull razor blades causes skin irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs. If you feel your blade pulling at your hair or if it feels rough on your skin, it is most likely dull and should be replaced.
2. Hydrate your skin
Soak the area you plan to shave in warm water via a shower or bath for at least three minutes. Hydrating your skin helps the hair cut more easily.
3. Exfoliate regularly
Since ingrown hairs are commonly caused by dead skin cells that obstruct the hair from breaking through the skin’s surface, exfoliating regularly will help remove these dead cells.
4. Always shave with shave gel
Shaving dry skin can cause razor burn, irritation and ingrown hairs. Always hydrate your skin before you shave, use shaving gel and apply moisturizer post-shave to keep skin hydrated.
5. Be consistent
To better protect your skin from ingrown hairs while shaving, it’s important to be consistent and know how to shave each individual area.
Check these things off your list before you shave
Shaving, trimming, or cutting your hair can seem like a straightforward task, something you do often and without much thought behind it, but if you want to avoid razor burns, ingrown hairs, and skin irritation there is a list of things you should check off before each shave.
- Choose the right shaving tools
- Use a sharp razor blade
- Hydrate your skin
- Try exfoliating
- Lather on shaving gel
- Be careful shaving against the grain
- Rinse off your bikini line and razor
- Apply moisturizer
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