You’ve epilated, shaved and waxed your hair away but a couple of days or weeks later, you’re face to face with ugly bumps known as ingrown hairs.
Where did the once satiny smooth and hair-free skin go?! Don’t worry girl, you’re not alone!
In fact, almost everyone who subjects themselves into some sort of hair removal gets them too! Annoying as it may sound (and feel), ingrown hairs are totally preventable and treatable with the best ingrown hair products!
What Is an Ingrown Hair?
Ingrown hair is a form of skin irritation that happens when dead skin cells block hair follicles, leaving no choice for the hair but to curl up and grow inwards resulting in annoyingly itchy bumps.
Some people may either see red, pus-filled bumps or may directly see the hair buried underneath a thin layer of skin.
Though this may happen to anyone, people with coarse and curly hair and those with elevated hormones (brought by certain conditions such as Hirsutism and PCOS) are more predisposed to getting ingrown hairs.
Will an Ingrown Hair Heal Itself?
Often times, ingrown hair clears on its own, but aggressive scratching causes tiny scrapes on the skin that can become an entry point for bacteria leading to infection.
You may be surprised to see that the once teeny tiny bump transformed into something bigger… a cyst.
Wait, what?! Really, can an ingrown hair turn into a cyst? Yes, the following symptoms are signs that your ingrown hair has become infected:
- The area became red and swollen (cyst)
- There’s pain
- You may see pus inside the bump or oozing outside
By now you’re probably asking – how do you get rid of an ingrown hair cyst?
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best not to take matters into your own hands and to consult a doctor instead. Your doctor may make a small incision to help drain the infection and pull out the troublesome ingrown hair.
He may provide you with oral antibiotics and/or topical ointments to heal the infected site, reduce swelling and avoid further infection.
Retinoids are also recommended to slough off dead skin cells and renew damaged skin.
What is The Best Treatment for Ingrown Hairs?
Is exfoliating good for ingrown hairs? YES! It’s the key to avoiding ingrown hairs.
Exfoliation is a process of removing dead skin cells that not only cause ingrown hair but can also dull the skin.
Exfoliation can be achieved by using the best products for razor bumps and ingrown hairs such as:
- Chemical peels/products that may contain either salicylic acid, glycolic acid or retinoid
- Over the counter acne ointments containing Benzoyl Peroxide
- Exfoliating mitts, towel or body brushes (dry brushes are also a good option)
- Exfoliating scrubs like sugar scrubs and spa sea salts
To alleviate any discomfort or itchiness brought by ingrown hairs you may also apply natural products such as Aloe Vera Gel to soothe itchiness and Witch Hazel Extract or Tea Tree Oil to combat infection.
Warm compresses may also help open up your pores and free the trapped hair using a pair of nifty, pointed-tips tweezers.
Does Waxing Prevent Ingrown Hairs?
No, it doesn’t. Regardless of whether you shave, wax or epilate, you are still going to be prone to getting ingrown hairs. The only hair removal methods known to minimize the risk of getting ingrown hairs are IPLs, Electrolysis, and…depilatory creams (surprised eh?).
While products are available to help treat ingrown hairs, the best thing you could do is to prevent it from happening. After all, prevention is better than cure, right?
Being an ingrown hair sufferer myself (thanks to coarse, curly hair), I’ve collated the best ingrown hair products that you can use to treat and prevent ingrown hairs in the long run.
So hear ye, hear ye… my all-time faves to help y’all get rid of those nasty bumps!
Best Ingrown Hair Products 2018
For the Body
Ingrown hairs, more often than not, usually cause problems on the legs and armpits. But, of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.
Wherever you’ve experienced your ingrown hairs, combine the below products or just buy one of them and you won’t be in constant war with those pesky, lazy ingrown hairs.
For the Face
Now, on to a more sensitive part of the body.
Putting It All Together
Getting ingrown hair can be annoying, embarrassing and even painful, but the good news is, it’s totally preventable and treatable!
With the help of the products mentioned above, you too can minimize the risk of getting these ugly bumps and erase any marks that it may have caused. If you are getting it quite often though, you might want to reconsider your hair removal method and try other ways to lessen the risk of ingrown hairs.
If you need more information on alternative hair removal methods, you may check out my past articles on Nair vs shaving and some of the best laser hair removal machines for home use, to give you an idea on how these products work in minimizing ingrown hairs and help you decide which one to try next.
Have you experienced getting ingrown hairs in the past? What are your go-to products? Share them with the gals by writing your comments on the box below. Till the next article!