Ingrown hairs make wearing summer clothes or beachwear seriously stressful, especially as the temptation to pick and squeeze them is incredibly hard to resist. But whatever you do, do not pick them and do not squeeze them. Aggravating those annoying ingrowns could result in an infection, scarring, and a pretty ugly red spot.
Often the result of hair removal methods like shaving and waxing, ingrown hairs are exactly that – hairs that have grown back into the skin instead of growing up and out of it. They can also be caused by dead skin that clogs the follicle, preventing the hair from being able to grow out. Either way, they can be pretty painful and uncomfortable, not to mention unsightly. The good news is there are easy ways to get rid of them and prevent them without creating bigger ingrown issues. Read on for Savoir Flair’s top three solutions.
Not only should you scrub up before you wax or shave (ideally earlier the same day or the day before), but you should also keep this up regularly if you want to get rid of and prevent ingrown hairs. Gently sloughing off dead skin means there isn’t any left on the surface to clog the hair follicle, and exfoliating helps dislodge hairs that are starting to grow inwards. If you’ve shaved or waxed, wait a day or two before exfoliating over the area to keep pesky ingrowns at bay. Click here to discover the best body buffers in the business.
Try Tea Tree Oil
Thanks to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil works wonders at treating and preventing ingrown hairs whilst also fighting off infections. If you feel like some are starting to develop under the skin’s surface, or if you’ve just shaved or waxed, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a spoon of olive oil and massage it into the area. The olive oil helps keep skin soft and moisturized whilst the tea tree oil works to treat ingrowns beneath the surface.
Create a Compress
Creating a heated compress and applying it to an ingrown hair makes it much easier to get it out, as the heat opens the pores and softens the skin. Soak a washcloth in warm water (make sure it’s not too hot so you don’t burn your skin) and hold it to the affected area for five minutes. You can then use your tweezers (make sure you sterilize them first) to extract the hair painlessly and easily.