Ouch! We’ve all experienced the agony of ingrown hairs. They’re caused by the hair growing sideways into the skin, rather than up through the top layer of skin. These painful red bumps can last for quite some time and if left untreated, can become infected and very inflamed, causing a lot of discomfort and sometimes scarring.
Ingrown hairs are a common problem among those who wax, but they’re also often caused by shaving. Unfortunately, if you have curly or coarse hair, you’ll probably get more than your fair share of them. Men and women with very thick, curly hair may also develop “razor bumps” – small clusters of ingrown hairs.
The good news is that you don’t have to endure the pain of ingrown hairs forever because you can prevent them and, with professional help, you can even banish them for good.
- Shave just before you climb out the shower
Shaving pulls on the skin and hair follicles which irritate the skin and can cause ingrown hairs when the hair starts to re-grow. If you shave just before you finish your shower – and always use a shaving lotion – the hot water and steam will have had a chance to soften the hair follicles and open your pores. You’ll enjoy a less abrasive shave and minimise the risk of razor burn.
- Minimise your time in tight-fitting underwear
Shapewear may magically transform your figure, but it’s also a very effective way to cause ingrown hairs. Whenever possible, opt for comfortable, cotton undies with soft seams to prevent friction on the skin.
Remove dead skin by exfoliating a few days before hair removal so hair can grow back easily through new skin.
- Topical skincare
Ask your beauty therapist to recommend a product that will chemically exfoliate the skin before waxing. If you already have ingrown hairs, you can ask for a product to treat the inflammation and infection.
- Laser hair removal – the permanent solution to ingrown hairs
Laser hair removal uses heat to destroy the entire hair follicle and the stem cells that keep it growing. The skin experts at Victorian Dermal Group use state-of-the-art technology to eliminate ingrown hairs and safely reduce scarring.
Why try and prevent ingrown hairs when you can simply get rid of them for good with laser hair removal. Contact us to book your free consultation today.
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