Let us preface this article with this: Body hair is a normal occurrence, and whether or not you decide to keep or remove them is a personal choice. If you decide on the latter, you'll be glad to know that there are a ton of hair removal methods at your disposal such as shaving, tweezing, and waxing.
But in the quest for smooth and stubble-free skin, however, there is also the possibility of having ingrown hairs. Today, we discuss what causes them, where they usually appear, and what exactly are the things you can do to prevent them. Keep on reading to learn more:
What are ingrown hairs? What causes them?
Ingrown hairs occur when your hair grows and curls inward and gets trapped underneath the surface of your skin. This also happens when your dead skin cells *clog* up the follicles, which is why it's important to exfoliate regularly. Aside from that, they can also be caused by your hair's natural growth pattern, which is why people with thicker and curlier hair tend to experience this problem more often.
Where do ingrown hairs usually appear?
These annoying little things usually pop on areas you frequently shave, tweeze, or wax, like your kilikili, arms, legs, chest, back, and bikini area.
What are the things you can do to *prevent* ingrown hairs?
You're more likely to get ingrown hairs when your follicles are clogged with dead skin cells. To avoid this, exfoliate the area once a week to help prevent buildup. Use a mild body scrub to gently slough away the rough and dry patches. For your underarms, we recommend using an acid like AHA or BHA to unclog your pores!
Apply moisturizer or lotion generously.
After removing your hairs, make sure to generously apply a moisturizer or lotion to the area. This will help to calm your skin down and avoid any inflammation. It also ensures *smoother* growth.Continue reading below ↓
Switch to a single-blade razor.
The razor you've used all your life is most likely a multi-blade one. While it may get more hair in a single pass, it also cuts it "below the surface," which then leads to nicks and ingrown hairs. A single-blade razor (aka a safety razor), however, evenly cuts the hair and ensures that the strands grow back properly.
Remember to use shaving cream.
Remember to slather some shaving cream all over your skin to give it more "slip" as you go over the area with a razor. You may also use a hair conditioner as a substitute!Continue reading below ↓
Shave in the direction of hair growth.
Shaving against the grain of your hair growth can be tempting because it may seem like it will give you a closer shave, but doing so will give your strands *sharper* edges. This can lead to ingrown hairs.Continue reading below ↓
Apply a warm washcloth to your skin before shaving.
Bumps and ingrown hairs can form when you don't properly prep your skin before shaving. Soften up the hairs and open up your pores by applying a warm washcloth all over the area for a smoother shave.
Consider a more "permanent" hair removal method.
If you want to consider a more permanent solution, we suggest looking into laser hair removal. Laser waves emit light on the strands, which converts to heat that eventually damages the follicle and bulb. This process *slows down* hair growth and sometimes, permanently reduces hair production.
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