by Mel Sim, via Yahoo Philippines |
Let’s face it – if you are removing hair, whether it is shaving, plucking or waxing, you are likely to experience ingrown hairs. For those who are unsure what this might look like, ingrown hairs are similar to a pimple or a large bump where the hairs have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it. This can range from a raised, red bump or sometimes form a painful, boil-like sore.
Many factors can contribute to ingrown hair – from dead skin cells clogging up a hair follicle to hair being very curly and coarse, making it more likely to bend back and re-enter the skin, especially after it has been shaved (hence the term, razor bumps). One reason why you should take care of it immediately? While ingrown hairs are normally not serious or harmful, left alone for too long it can cause an infection. Worst, if you try to remove it the wrong way, you can further aggravate the skin surrounding it.
So to avoid all of the above, it is best you ward off ingrown hairs before it becomes a problem! Not too sure how? Read on to find out.
Shaving is often the number one cause of ingrown hairs, for both women and men. This can be a result of numerous reasons, from not choosing the right blade to shaving incorrectly. For starters, if you are shaving, make sure you do so with a sharp, single-bladed razor. Wet your skin with warm water before shaving and apply a lubricating gel. When shaving, do it in the same direction your hair is growing. Avoid going over the same area over and over again to lessen the chance of a hair slipping back into your skin. After your shave, apply a cool washcloth to reduce irritation.
Whether you are waxing or shaving, it is essential that you exfoliate before removing any hair from your body.Because the thicker and more “clogged” up your skin is with dead skin cells, the harder it is for a hair to break through the follicles and grow straight. Exfoliating prior to shaving will remove dead skin cells properly so that hairs can grow the way it is supposed to.
Use the right products
Skin that is healthy and properly hydrated prevents issues like ingrown hairs. So load up on the body moisturizer if you want to ward of a serious case of ingrown hairs, especially around the pubic area that can become quite dry and flaky if you shave regularly.
Another area that deserves some TLC? Your underarm area, where hair removal is common. When the sensitive skin around that area undergoes a hair removal procedure, it becomes more prone to being damaged and irritated. This doubles up your risk of getting ingrown hairs, especially if you pile on a deodorant that isn’t gentle on skin. The key? Look for a deodorizing formula that not only works how you want it to but gives you extra protection in terms of hydration and smoothness. Pick one with calming ingredients like vitamins E and F, as well as added moisturizers. This ensures that the sensitive area stays fresh as well as soothed, even after hair removal.
Seek professional help
An uncontrollable case of ingrown hairs can result in serious infections. And if you pick the ingrown hair, you are making the situation worse! So hands off and seek professional advice instead. Or leave the hair removal to experts who know precisely what to do to prevent ingrown hairs. If hair removal is something you need to do more frequently, then you might want to consider the laser hair removal instead as this permanently destroys the hair follicles, thus preventing future growth of ingrown hairs.