Tips For Treating And Preventing Ingrown Hair

by Anjelina Tongco

Dealing with ingrown hair is painful, especially if it’s in an area that’s rather sensitive. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are about hair removal, ingrown hairs are just unavoidable. Thankfully, there are a few extra things you can do/add to your routine to reduce your chances of developing ingrown hair, whether it be facial or anywhere else on your body. Here are some tips for treating and preventing ingrown hair growth. 

  1. For guys, leaving a bit of stubble can prevent bacteria from getting into your skin so, unless totally necessary, do not go for a very close shave. 
  2. Another way to prevent ingrown hair from developing is to avoid hair removal whenever you can. Not going anywhere anytime soon? Or maybe you are but you’re not planning on wearing anything that will show your legs. In that case, just forego the hair removal process altogether and do it only when needed. Too body and facial hair removal can also trigger the growth of ingrown hair so try to avoid doing it as much as possible. 
  3. Exfoliate before you shave, wax, or do any form of hair removal. If you’re planning on indulging in a session of dermaplaning, eyebrow threading, or any other popular method of facial hair removal for women, you can use exfoliating acid treatments in your skincare routine. On the body, you can use your trusty loofah in the shower or a dry brush before hopping in. 
  4. Opt for less abrasive hair removal methods like using depilatory creams and sugaring. These may not totally eliminate your risk of developing ingrown hairs but they definitely lessen them. 
  5. When it comes to ingrown hair removal, there’s no better option than to see a professional. They’re the ones who can safely get rid of those pesky and painful ingrown hairs with minimal risk for complications so, if you have the money for it, go see a professional! This is especially true for ingrown hairs in delicate areas like the bikini line
While there is no one hair removal method that’s guaranteed to save you from ingrown hairs, there are definitely some that are less prone to it. Make use of these methods and see how you feel about it in general. If you still end up developing one or two bumps with ingrown hairs here and there, it’s best to seek professional help.