Except for those high-end expensive hair removal procedures like laser and electrolysis, every other method of hair removal–waxing, shaving or epilation is going to leave you with ingrown hairs. Unfortunate but true, this is how it is. So, the solution of these ingrown hairs is to learn how to get rid of the ingrown hair.
Why Ingrown Hair Are Caused?
Understanding ingrown hair is not that complicated. Ingrown hair appears when hair stop growing on the surface of the skin and instead curl back inside its follicle and start growing under the skin. Sometimes, it happens because hair grow sideways into the skin. As a result, it leads to red bumps on the skin that doesn’t look very appealing.
Most commonly these can be on your legs, when looked closely. Until the time, these are just black spots on your skin, it is fine but the problem arises when these ingrown hair starts getting infected, causing itching and scratching. Scratching can leave scars or can cause permanent darkening of the skin.
So, what is it that you must do to get rid of ingrown hair from legs.
- Tweeze out the hair in advance
Before, you go for any hair removal procedure: waxing, shaving or epilating, get a pair of tweezers and lift out all the visible ingrown hairs. This way, they’ll get plucked or shaved easily. It is better to just lift the hair, rather than plucking it out at once from its root. It prevent any risk of infection. Make sure to use a sterilized tweezer in order to prevent any infection. Incase, the ingrown hair is too deep to lift off with a tweezer, use a needle. It’s easy and simple, no need to worry, it won’t hurt at all.
- Take a hot shower before removing hair
Before going for shaving, waxing or epilation, take a good hot shower. Steam in your shower will help soften the hair that makes it easier to remove cleanly. While bathing, scrub those parts softly where you want to remove the hair from.
- Exfoliate and moisturize
Exfoliate your skin using a loofah or dry skin brush, it helps slough away the dead skin cells from building up, and keep hair follicles clear. Moisturizing daily helps keep skin soft and smooth and prevents the hair from curling back inwards. Prefer using exfoliator and moisturizer containing cocoa butter or shea butter. It will prevent you from getting ingrown hair in future.
- Don’t shave or wax frequently
The biggest factor which leads to the growth of ingrown hairs is frequent waxing, shaving or epilating. It does not allow the hair to grow fully and it leads hair to grow backward. Removing hair from one place again and again makes the area rough and hair follicles hard to grow up properly. Try to let your hair grow fully before removing them.
- Treat with an active ingredient
Treating ingrown hair with an active ingredient help them grow away faster. Manual exfoliating the ingrown hair that is already on your skin may actually backfire and irritate your skin even more. So, exfolaite using chemical exfoliants. Exfoliator containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid may act as a acne treatment for your red bumps that has been caused by ingrown hair.
After, you apply a treatment containing salicylic acid or BHA, your skin becomes dry, therefore applying moisturizer becomes more important. It helps soothe the irritation and make your ingrown hair go away faster. Applying moisturizer before bed helps keep skin soft so your hair can push out of your skin and your skin can heal.
Ingrown hair can be a big pain, but following the above tips would help to relieve your problem. It won’t help if you do it just once, you have to keep things in mind everytime you wax, shave or epilate.