Ingrown hairs are the scourge of shavers everywhere!!
In some cases, ingrown hairs can be super-uncomfortable and even become infected (er, ew), but instead of squeezing or picking at them, there are so many more efficient, and much less painful, ways to stop them from rearing their ugly heads.
Flawless limbs, here we come.
What Are Ingrown Hairs?
Ingrown hairs are hairs that are trapped beneath the surface of the skin,' says Johanna Ward, skin specialist and founder of Zenii.
It sounds a little gross, almost as if they have a mind of their own, but they tend to curl back into the skin instead of growing outward, resulting in the inflamed 'bump' you see on the surface.
Ingrown hairs are our number one annoyance of the skin-on-show season. And we’re not alone; 30% of women who groom their bikini area consider ingrown hairs to be one of their biggest hair removal bugbears, according to a Beauty and the Beach survey commissioned by Venus Gillette.
Causes of ingrown hair?
“The condition of skin is important when it comes to ingrown hairs," says Dr Anita Sturnham, dermatologist and Venus ambassador. The follicular opening can become clogged with a build-up of skin cells, which then trap the hair, impeding its natural progress out of the skin. Hair pierces the follicle wall growing into the surrounding skin."
So how do you deal with pesky ingrown hairs?
1. Pick Body Products Packed With Glycolic Acid
Ingrown hairs can crop up when the hair follicle is obstructed by dead skin cells, which is where glycolic acid comes in.
Somewhat of a saviour for those ingrown hairs as well as acne, the lightweight acid breaks down the mixture of sebum and dead skin cells that cause obstructions to hairs, so that they can reach the surface much easier and without the area becoming inflamed.
In darker skin types, ingrown hairs tend to leave pesky pigmentation marks, but regular use of topical glycolic acid works wonders to blur them over time.
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The product is packed with natural botanical that work to calm and exfoliate even the most sensitive skin, which is soothed instantly. Ingredients such as chamomile and vitamin offer long-lasting relief and also help to keep the skin looking good, no matter what type of skin.
The gentle healing power of vitamin B5 helps damaged skin to repair, and the gentle exfoliating action of glycolic and salicylic acid will ensure that ingrown hairs will be a thing of the past.
Natural botanical ingredients for instantly calmer skinTackles ingrown hair and razor bumpsOil-free formulaUse after hair removalSuitable for use on face and body
NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Body Cream
As well as dead skin-busting glycolic acid, this sweet-smelling body cream harnesses salicylic acid to dissolve excess oil and lactic acid to refine rough skin texture, all without scrimping on hydration. Silky smooth limbs? Yes please.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin With Salicylic Acid
Not just ideal for acne sufferers, salicylic acid is great for preventing and treating ingrown hairs.
A BHA (beta hydroxy acid), it penetrates deeper into the pores to dislodge the paste-like combination of dead skin buildup and oil, resulting in fewer blockages. 'This makes the skin softer and more penetrable for the emerging hair strands to grow through, It's also an amazing anti-inflammatory, so you can say a big fat 'see ya' to the burning redness that ingrown hairs bring with them. The powerful anti-bacterial properties are also helpful in reducing the risk of infection.
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These are drenched in 2% maximum strength salicylic acid and allantoin to exfoliate the skin and bring down inflammation, and can be used on larger areas, not just the face. The tub also has two seals to stop the pads from drying out. Clever.
3. Jump On The Body Brush Bandwagon
Diminishing cellulite, increasing energy and boosting your immune system aren't the only amazing results of dry body brushing.
A quick scrub before each shower improves cell turnover, which means fewer clogged pores so that hairs can grow out normally.
Those undergoing IPL or laser hair removal will find that the process also helps to dislodge dead hair follicles from the root, resulting in less shadows and even less spikiness.
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4. Slough Away Dead Skin Cells With A Scrub
Calling all lazy girls! If you're after a quick in-shower fix, look no further than a body scrub.
Just like acid exfoliators, they uncover newer, softer skin cells that hairs can penetrate through easily, but they have a more stimulating effect on the skin, so you can rely on them to wake you up in the morning.
If you tend to get ingrown hairs on your thighs or bikini line, invest in a scrub packed with sugar, which is much gentler on sensitive areas than micro beads or pumice. Use once or twice a week to notice a real difference.
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The sugar crystals in Fresh's Body Polish are suspended in the most velvety, nourishing formula so that skin feels soft, not scoured. Apply to dry skin prior to shaving and remember to screw the lid on properly - any water that gets in will dissolve the sugar.
* Real brown sugar crystals, natural humectants, prevent moisture loss while gently buffing away dry skin cells.
* A superior blend of four precious oils of evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba nourish and moisturise the skin.
* Ginseng root extract and peppermint invigorate the senses and revitalise skin cells.
* Citrus oils help to brighten and tone the skin while leaving behind an unforgettable natural scent.
Last of all......
5. Switch Up Your Shower Gel
Anything that saves time and effort gets our vote, so if you can't be bothered with a scrub, swap out your shower gel. Look for products packed with AHAs to exfoliate, refine and soften the skin to make hair growth a little easier.
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Bacne and ingrown hairs don't stand a chance against Mario Badescu's Botanical Body Soap. It smells great, diminishes bumps, and stops ingrown hairs from springing up after shaving and waxing all without stinging, irritating or drying out the skin.
I hope this has helped.
If you keep up with looking after skin pre wax ad post wax, there is no reason that you should keep getting ingrown hairs.
Have a fab day! x