If you have ever waxed or shaved, then you are probably familiar with ingrown hair. Not only is this skin condition painful, it is also embarrassing. Ingrown hair can cause skin irritation and even acne. Moreover, majority of women who experience such hair in-growth are known to try and remove them by squeezing, picking, plucking and even digging or cutting them out! Not only do such methods not show any results- they could also cause a host of serious skin problems.
In this guide, we will study 9 easy ways to prevent and tackle ingrown hair after Brazilian wax, epilating, shaving or waxing.
1. Use AHAs and BHAs
AHA is alpha hydroxy acid while BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. These acids moisturize and lighten hair and also prevent inflammation and pimples. Examples of AHA include Lactic acid and glycolic acid which moisturize and lighten the hair. Salicylic acid is a type of Beta hydroxy acid which controls sebum production and prevents acne and pimples after shaving or waxing. You can also use a witch hazel toner after shaving your arms, legs and face to prevent in-growth of hair. Witch hazel is a natural form of salicylic acid which tones the skin and removes sebum. Many face washes formulated with different concentrations of salicylic acid can also be used after shaving and waxing.
Exfoliation is one of the best ways of getting rid of ingrown hairs. This technique helps remove dead skin cell layers to reveal younger looking skin underneath. You can use professional exfoliation or at home exfoliation techniques for the purpose. Pumice stone is one of the best exfoliates which you can use safely to reduce hair in-growth.
3. Use warm damp compress
If you are wondering whether you can safely use a needle to pop the ingrown hair, then do so with the following ways: First use a warm compress for a couple of minutes to the skin to soften and moisturize it. The warmth also helps bring ingrown hair to the surface. Next, use tweezers or sterilized needle to remove the ingrown hair. Follow up with some antiseptic solution, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to prevent infection. Also use hot water while bathing as it is one of the quickest fixes for ingrown hairs on the body.
4. Do not touch the ingrown hair
In men with curly hair, the problem of ingrown hair after shaving is particularly common. You can consider growing a beard to prevent this issue. Alternatively, you can just leave the problem as is; it should resolve on its own. However, if the ingrown hair persists, see a dermatologist as you might need antibiotics for healing.
5. Shave with the grain-not against it
Men and women must shave in the direction of hair growth and not against it. This is one of the easiest home remedies to prevent ingrown hair in men and women after shaving. Remember: facial hair in men grows downward on the cheeks, up on the neck and straight out on the chin. In women, hair grows down in the pubic areas as well as the legs and sideways on the hands.
6. Loosen the hair with sugar
You can use brown or regular white sugar to scrub the hair by exfoliating the skin. You can also use some soap and water to wet the skin first and then apply the sugar in gentle circular motion to bring ingrown hair to the surface. Alternatively, mix the sugar with a little olive oil or honey and use this mixture as a homemade scrub to reduce inward growth of hair post shaving and waxing.
7. Soften the hair and skin with Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera soothes inflamed skin and also softens and moisturizes it. Apply the gel of an Aloe plant on the waxed or shaved skin. This will prevent in-growth and also stop irritation caused by ingrown hair. Use clean sterilized cotton balls to apply the aloe gel after a Brazilian wax or shaving. This is a particularly helpful remedy for popping out deep ingrown hair in the pubic and underarm region.
8. Ingrown hair prevention- An aftershave lotion recipe
Use this wonderful aftershave recipe to prevent ingrown hair and pimples:
- ½ cup Aloe Vera gel
- ½ cup witch hazel
- ½ tsp glycerin
- 25 drops of myrrh essential oil
- 10 drops carrot seed essential oil
Combine all ingredients and store them in a dark bottle. Use chilled. Apply to the skin after shaving to prevent ingrown hair.
9. Use tea tree oil
Tea tree essential oil is a proven remedy to treat and prevent ingrown hair after waxing. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that prevent inflammation and skin infections. Dilute the oil first by adding a few drops of water and apply the diluted oil to the shaved or waxed skin. If this remedy dries up your skin, you can add some Aloe gel to the tea tree oil and apply it after waxing and shaving. Make sure you use a clean cotton ball to apply the oil. Use this remedy for removing ingrown hairs twice a day and prevent infections.
Use these 9 easy home remedies to draw the ingrown hair out and prevent them from coming back.