Ingrown hairs are a common problem for a lot of women and men. They’re ugly, can be painful and always seem to appear in very sensitive places. As someone who prefers shaving because it’s faster and pain-free, I’ve had my share of annoying ingrown hair, until I learnt a couple of tips on how you can prevent them.
What are ingrown hairs?
Ingrown hairs are usually a result of hair being cut too short or bluntly broken off, creating a sharp tip that can curl back into the skin, or grow sideways into it. Another cause is too much buildup: when the opening of the hair follicle is blocked by too many dead skin cells and other debris, hairs will grow sideways. Ingrown hairs are more common among people with curly hair, but everyone else can get them too.
How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
The best way to prevent ingrown hair would be to let it grow freely instead of cutting it, meaning no shaving or waxing. That’s not always possible though, so another useful thing you can do is to exfoliate your skin. By using a gentle exfoliant regularly you’ll make sure that your follicles wouldn’t get clogged up so that hair will grow as it is supposed to and not sideways.
Exfoliants containing BHA (Saliylic Acid) are perfect because they exfoliate both deeply inside the follicles and on the surface of the skin, getting rid of dirt and cells buildup. Just don’t exaggerate, as too much exfoliating can lead to irritation and redness. In alternative, you could also use a loofah to exfoliate your skin, which is more gentle and a better choice for those with sensitive skin. Also, wearing loose clothes can reduce chaffing and irritation and prevent ingrown hair, especially in the delicate pubic area.
Do you have any more tips to prevent ingrown hairs?